THE IMPRESSION compiles the most important professional fashion moves of the week
BRANDS & Retailers
Marks & Spencer’s CEO Marc Bolland Exits
After six years as the CEO of British retailer Marks & Spencer, Marc Bolland will be stepping down in April. Bolland joined Marks & Spencer from UK supermarket chain Morrisons, where he served as CEO from 2009 to 2016.
Steve Rowe to become Marks & Spencer CEO
Marks & Spencer veteran Steve Rowe, who has spent 26 years in various roles at the firm including most recently Executive Director of General Merchandise, will replace exiting CEO Marc Bolland in April.
Laura Dubin-Wander Tapped as Givenchy President of the Americas
Laura Dubin-Wander has been named the new President of the Americas at Givenchy. Dubin-Wander was previously VP at Christian Dior Couture for the past four years. Prior to that she was President of now-defunct U.S.-based specialty chain Martin + Osa. She previously held leadership roles at Dana Buchman, Laundry by Chelli Segal, and Victoria’s Secret. She will report to Givenchy’s CEO, Philippe Fortunato.
Abercrombie & Fitch Co. Names Fran Horowitz President
Fran Horowitz, President of Abercrombie & Fitch Co.-owned Hollister brand, has been promoted to President & Chief Merchandising Officer of all of the company’s brands. Horowitz joined Abercrombie & Fitch as Hollister Brand President in 2014 from Ann Taylor Loft, where she was President. Prior to that she held various roles at Express, Inc., Bloomingdale’s, Bergdorf Goodman, Bonwit Teller and Saks Fifth Avenue.
Christos Angelides Exits as Abercrombie & Fitch President
Christos Angelides, who served as Abercrombie & Fitch brand President since October 2014, has left the company. Angelides previously spent 28 years at U.K.-based retailer Next.
Graziano de Boni Appointed Philipp Plein CEO of the Americas
Philipp Plein tapped Graziano de Boni as President and CEO of the Americas. De Boni previously was CEO of Giorgio Armani‘s North America division. Prior to that he was President of Reed Krakoff, President & CEO of Prada USA Corp, and President of the USA divisions of Valentino.
Suzy Biszantz, previously CEO at La Perla, is now President at Global Brands Group Holding Ltd. denim brand Joe’s.
Eva-Lotta Sjöstedt, previously CEO at Karstadt, is now CEO at Georg Jensen.
Sweaty Betty Taps Erika Serow as President and U.S. CEO
British activewear brand Sweaty Betty has appointed Erika Serow President and U.S. CEO. Serow previously was with Bain & Co. since 1995 as a retail practice leader with a focus on the apparel sector for the Americas region. She has worked at Bain’s Boston, London, Sydney and Milan offices before joining the New York office in 2001.
Leslie Lane, previously CEO of Dakine, is now President of the US and Americas at Dr. Martens.
William “Billy” Daley, previously SVP of Global communications at Marc Jacobs International, is now CMO at Bally.
Sasa Nikolic, previously VP at BrandLink Communications, is now VP at Parasol.
Alicia Whitiak, previously PR Manager at Christian Louboutin, is now PR Manager at Gianvito Rossi.
Jessica Nadaud, previously PR Executive at Uniqlo USA, has left the company.
Kyle Schaffler, previously Global PR Manager of Men’s at Coach, is now Director of PR and Marketing at Slate & Stone.
Heather Jacobus, PR Manager at Stuart Weitzman, is now Digital PR Manager at the firm.
Grace Adams, previously PR Coordinator at Gap, is now PR Manager at Kate Spade.
BBDO Worldwide Acquires Wednesday Agency Group
Leading London-based creative agency, Wednesday Agency Group, has been acquired by BBDO, a division of publicly held Omnicom Group Inc., NYSE: OMC. Wednesday, founded in 2003 by Jens Grede and Erik Torstensson, has gained international attention with campaigns for the likes of Calvin Klein and H&M. Clients include Net-A-Porter, Theory, Tory Burch, Estée Lauder, Galeries Lafayette and others. The firm has offices in both London and New York, which opened in 2011.
Co-founders Jens Grede and Erik Torstensson will continue their leadership at the firm along with CEO Glen Jones and President Ian Schatzberg. The company will operate as a stand alone agency within the BBDO Worldwide Network, which includes over 289 offices in 81 countries.
Allure’s Creative Director Paul Cavaco to Depart
With the recent change in editorial leadership naming Michelle Lee as Editor-in-Chief, Condé Nast’s Allure magazine has conducted a series of layoffs, including fashion luminary, Creative Director Paul Cavaco. Cavaco joined Allure in 1999 after stints as Fashion Director at Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue. He is credited with helping previous Editor-in-Chief Linda Wells break new ground and lay the foundation for fashion’s first publications dedicated to beauty.
Siobhan Bonnouvrier, previously Fashion Director at Allure, is no longer with the firm.
Kristin Perrotta, previously Executive Editor at Allure, is no longer with the firm.
Felice Kaplan, previously Managing Editor at Allure, is no longer with the firm.
Jennifer Yee, previously Senior Market Editor at Allure, is no longer with the firm.
Megan Carolan, previously PR Director at Allure, is no longer with the firm.
Thomas Gorton Becomes Editor of Dazed Digital
Online Editor Thomas Gorton has been promoted by Dazed Media to Editor of Dazeddigital.com. Gorton joined Dazed Media in 2014 as a journalist prior to becoming Online Editor.
Monica Kim, previously Research Editor at Vogue, is now Beauty Writer.
Maxwell Conrad Losgar, previously Assistant Entertainment Editor at Teen Vogue, is now Features Associate at Vanity Fair.
Robertson (Rob) Barrett, previously VP of Media Strategy and Operations at Yahoo, is now President of Digital Media at Hearst Newspapers.
Romy Oltuski, previously Assistant Editor at Harper’s Bazaar, is now Associate Features Editor.
Matthew O’Toole, previously Associate Editor at Harper’s Bazaar, is now Senior Business Editor.
Carrie Goldberg, previously Senior Associate Fashion Editor at Martha Stewart Wedding & Martha Stewart Living, is now Travel and Weddings Editor at HarpersBazaar.com.
Angela Salazar, previously Deputy Style Editor at the San Francisco Chronicle, is now Senior Editor at InStyle.
Grace Stearns, previously Associate PR Manager at SELF, is now PR Manager in the US at Hearst Digital Media.
Katie Garrabrant, previously Account Director at Karla Otto, is now Managing Director of Fashion at HL Group.
Amanda Greenberg, previously Managing Director at HL Group, has left the company.
Kelly Ricci, previously PR Consultant, is now Director at Karla Otto New York.
Beth Bassil, previously Senior Account Executive at Seventh House PR, is now Account Executive at Agentry PR.
Mindy Fetzer is now Junior Account Executive at Agentry PR.
Devine Blacksher is now Junior Account Executive at Agentry PR.
Helen Ji, previously Senior Account Manager at Agentry PR, is now Account Executive at Turner PR.
Lauren Regis, previously Senior Account Executive at Shadow PR, is now Senior Account Executive at Think PR.
Dani Richmand, previously Senior Account Executive at Rubenstein PR, is now Senior Account Executive at Think PR.
Sara Sylvester, previously intern at Think PR, is now Account Coordinator at Think PR.
Ilene Bornstein, previously Account Executive at Paul Wilmot Communications, is now Senior Account Executive at Pierce Mattie Communications.
Heather Schmidt, previously Fashion Director at Paul Wilmot Communications, has left the company.
Nicolette Cusmano, previously Junior Social Media Associate at Tractenberg & Co., is now Digital Junior Account Executive at Turner PR.
Victoria Lampley-Berens, previously Senior Lifestyle Manager at Purple PR, has left the company.
PR Consulting announces its representation of Woolmark Company and Irene Neuwirth.
MAO Public Relations announces its representation of Shahista Lalani.
Purple PR announces its representation of Mara Hoffman.
BPCM announces its US and UK representation of Lulu Frost and George Frost.
Factory PR announces its representation of Nour Hammour and Colton Dane.
UFCG announces its representation of Brett Johnson.
Exposure America announces its representation of Herschel, E.N.D (Edwin And Denim), and EDWIN.
Battalion announces its representation of Troubadour.
Lawlor Media Group announces its representation of Romona Keveza.
Maguire Steele announces its representation of Christina Economou.