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Bold Moves
Freedman Departs Barney’s, Bottomley to Lauren, Angelides Named Reiss CEO


BRANDS & Retailers

Dennis Freedman

Dennis Freedman

Dennis Freedman Departs From Barneys as Creative Director
After six years at the helm as Creative Director, Dennis Freedman is parting ways with Barneys New York to pursue new opportunities. Freedman Joined the retailer in 2011 ushering in a new era of collaboration for the retailer that included photographers Juergen TellerBruce Weber, Inez and Vinoodh and others. He joined the retailer from Fairchild where he work for over 20 years becoming the founding Creative Director of W Magazine and gaining acclaim as a visionary art director gaining notable client such as Dolce & Gabbana.

Jonathan Bottomley

Jonathan Bottomley

Ralph Lauren Taps Jonathan Bottomley as CMO
Ralph Lauren has appointed its first Chief Marketing Officer, Jonathan Bottomley. Bottomley was most recently Chief Strategy Officer at Vice Media North America for four months. Previously he spent 16 years at BBH London in senior roles including Chief Strategy Officer. 

Tom Mendenhall Named President Polo Men’s
Ralph Lauren has tapped Tom Mendenhall as President Men’s Polo, Purple Label and Double RL, a newly created role. Mendenhall spent the last 11 years as COO at Tom Ford. Prior to that he held various senior leadership roles at Gucci, Abercrombie & Fitch, and New York retailer Charivari.

Séverine Merle, previously Executive Vice President at Berluti, is now CEO at Céline.

Christos Angelides

Christos Angelides

Reiss Taps Christos Angelides as CEO
U.K. retailer Reiss has appointed Christos Angelides as CEO. Angelides earned his reputation as Next’s Product Director of 16 years prior to departing the firm in 2014 to become President of the Abercrombie & Fitch.

Lanessa Elrod Named Louis Vuitton Americas President
Louis Vuitton has promoted Lanessa Elrod to President of the Americas, effective April 1. Elrod currently serves as SVP of Louis Vuitton’s America retail network. She joined the organization in 2010 as Director of Marketing for Leather Goods, rising through the ranks to become VP Merchandising. Elrod began her career in 1998 as a RTW Buyer at Neiman Marcus and held similar roles at Saks Fifth Avenue and Bergdorf Goodman. She will be taking the place of current President, Anthony Ledru.

Anthony Ledru

Anthony Ledru

Anthony Ledru to become Louis Vuitton EVP Commercial Activities
Current Louis Vuitton President of the Americas, Anthony Ledru, will be relocating to Paris to become Vuitton’s EVP commercial activities, starting April 1st. Ledru spent the last two years leading the Americas for Louis Vuitton. He joined the organization from Tiffany & Co. where he served as SVP North America. He previously served as Global President of Sales at Harry Winston International and VP of Retail at Cartier.

Riccardo Bellini Promoted to Diesel CEO
Diesel has promoted Riccardo Bellini to CEO, succeeding Giovanni Pungetti. Bellini, who joined Diesel in 2007, was most recently EVP of Branding at Diesel and CMO of Diesel Black Gold. He began his career at Procter & Gamble in Geneva serving in various marketing roles for a decade.

Giovanni Pungetti

Giovanni Pungetti

Giovanni Pungetti Named CEO OTB China
OTB, parent company of Diesel, Maison Margiela, Marni, Paula Cademartori and Viktor&Rolf, has promoted Giovanni Pungetti to CEO for the Greater China region. Pungetti has served as the CEO of Maison Marginal for the last 15 years during which time he also held the CEO title at Viktor & Rolf from 2011 to 2015. Earlier in his career he held various management roles at Diesel including Director of Licensing.

Tom Ford Promotes Brian Blake to COO
Brian Blake has been promoted to President and Chief Operating Officer of Tom Ford International. Blake was formerly CEO of Distribution and Manufacturing and will report to Tom Ford, Cofounder and CEO. Prior to joining Tom Ford International, Blake served as President and CEO of Gucci Worldwide, COO and Commercial Director Worldwide for Prada and Miu Miu, and President and COO Worldwide for Burberry. Blake’s promotion follows the appointment of Barney’s and Gucci alum, Charlotte Blechman, as Tom Ford International as CMO.

Aileen Brody Schiro, previously Communications and Marketing Consultant at National Geographic, is now Senior PR Manager at Panerai North America.

Kendall Sargeant, previously PR Director at Australian Fashion Labels, is now PR Director at Revole.

Lauren Picciano, previously Director of PR at Hearst Magazines, is now Director of PR and Marketing at La Perla.


Nicole Fritton, previously Fashion Market and Accessories Director at Harper’s Bazaar, is now Fashion Director.

Anthony Galloway, previously Executive Producer at Vice Media, is now Producer of Programming at Condé Nast Entertainment.

Lindsay Silberman, previously freelancer writer for WSJVogue, and Departures, is now Digital Senior Editor at Town & Country.

PUBLIC Relations

Elaine D’Farley, previously Editor-in-Chief at Spafinder Wellness, is now VP, Content Strategy and Creative Director at Harrison & Shriftman.

Lucy Zuckerman, previously at Michael Kors, is now Senior Account Manager at The Communications Store.

Beth Bassil, previously Account Executive at Agentry PR, is now Senior Account Executive.

TJ Allers, previously Associate Partner at Paul Wilmot Communications, has left the company.


Black Frame announces its representation of Hunter.

Spring London announces its representation of 69 US.

Purple New York and Los Angeles announces its representation of Magda Butrym.

Brandstyle Communications announces its representation North Sails.

Rogers & Cowan announces its representation of Jockey.

Delinlee Delovely/Linlee Allen PR announces its representation of Kirsty Hume for Velvet by Graham and Spencer.

Beck PR announces its representation of Brooklyn Spectacles.

Style House Public Relations announces its representation of Taryn Rose.

Krupp Group announces its representation of Rouje.

Williamson announces its representation of Kataoka Jewelry.

Camron PR announces its representation of Kvadrat.