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THE IMPRESSION COMPILES THE MOST IMPORTANT PROFESSIONAL FASHION MOVES OF THE WEEK. Hamilton South Departs HL Group, Simone Mantura Joins Lanvin, Jim Norton Departs Condé Nast.

This week, co-founder of HL Group, Hamilton South departs for new role, Simone Mantura Joins Lanvin as Deputy Managing Director working closely with the CEO, and Jim Norton Departs Condé Nast as Chief Business Officer, to be succeeded by Pamela Drucker Mann.


BRANDS & Retailers

Simone Mantura Joins Lanvin as Deputy Managing Director
French fashion house Lanvin has appointed Simone Mantura as their new Deputy Managing Director. Mantura’s new responsibilities will include overseeing all of Lanvin’s commercial, communications, and human resources matters, as well as licensing and production of women’s and men’s ready to wear. Previously, Mantura was CEO of GIR+A&F, a joint venture between the Ferretti family and French clothing company Marithé + François Girbaud. Before his time there, Mantura acted as Managing Director of Ruffo, and prior to that where his gigs at Calvin Klein and Balenciaga. At his new job, Mantura will be working closely with Lanvin CEO Michèle Huiban

Stacey Cartwright

Stacey Cartwright Promoted to Harvey Nichols Deputy Chairman
Previously serving as Chief Executive Officer of Harvey Nichols, Stacey Cartwright has been promoted to Deputy Chairman of the luxury British label. Before Harvey Nichols, Cartwright was EVP of Burberry PLC from 2004 until 2013.

Kevin Mansell

Kevin Mansell Retires from Kohl’s as CEO
Kohl’s CEO Kevin Mansell will retire this upcoming May after 35 years with the department store giant. He originally started at the company in 1982 serving as Divisional Merchandise Manager. Mansell was promoted to President and Director of Kohl’s in 1999, titles which he continued to hold during his tenure as CEO which began in 2008. Mansell’s time at Kohl’s included guiding the company through the recession and launching its e-commerce business worth $3 billion.  

Michelle Gass

Michelle Gass Named Kohl’s CEO
Michelle Gass, Kohl’s Chief Merchandising Officer, will be Chief Executive Officer when she succeeds Kevin Mansell in May 2018. Gass has served as CMO since 2015, previously acting as Chief Customer Officer since 2013. Prior to her time with Kohl’s, Gass spent 17 years with Starbucks, most recently acting as their President of the EMEA branch. Throughout her career, Gass has served on the Board of Directors for Cigna and Ann Taylor.

Sona Chawla

Sona Chawla named Kohl’s President
Sona Chawla, Kohl’s Chief Operating Officer, will be President when she succeeds Kevin Mansell in May 2018. Chawla has served as COO  of Kohl’s since 2015, having previously served as CMO and President of Digital for Walgreens. Prior to that, Chawla was VP of Global Online Business for Dell, and was EVP of Internet Services for Wells Fargo before that. Throughout her career, Chawla has served on the Board of Directors for EXPRESS and CarMax.

HanesBrands Taps Barry Hytinen as CFO
Barry Hytinen has been appointed Chief Financial Officer of HanesBrands. Hytinen joins from mattress manufacturer Tempur Sealy International where he was worked since 2005, most recently serving as EVP and Chief Financial Officer.

Steve Harden, previously VP of North American Sales for footwear at Honeywell, is now President at Supra Footwear and KR3W Denim Co.

Matteo Del Vecchio

Matteo Del Vecchio, previously chief administrative officer at Brooks Brothers, is now CEO at Deconic.


Vanessa Kingori

British Vogue Taps Vanessa Kingori as Publishing Director
Effective this December, Vanessa Kingori will take over the role of Publishing Director of British Vogue, making her the first female publisher in the magazine’s 30-year history. Currently, Kingori is the Publishing Director of fellow Condé Nast-owned publications British GQ and GQ Style, where she oversaw GQ’s highest annual revenue in the last decade. Kingori succeeds Stephen Quinn, who held the position at British Vogue for 26 years.  

Jim Norton

Jim Norton Departs from Condé Nast as Chief Business Officer
Condé Nast’s CBO Jim Norton is leaving the company. Previously, Norton was with AOL for 7 years, most recently serving as Global Head of Media Sales. Prior to that, he was a National Sales Manager at Google for 3 years. Norton will be succeeded by Condé Nast’s current CMO Pamela Drucker Mann.

Pamela Drucker Mann

Pamela Drucker Mann Appointed Condé Nast’s Chief Revenue Officer
Condé Nast’s current Chief Marketing Officer will assume the additional title of Chief Revenue Officer, making her the company’s first female head of sales. Drucker Mann has been at Condé Nast since 2005, serving as Executive Beauty Director at JANE, Associate Publisher at Glamour, and CRO of The Influencer’s Network.

PUBLIC Relations

Hamilton South

Hamilton South Leaves the HL Group as Founder and CEO
One of the founders and the CEO of the HL group, Hamilton South, is leaving the firm after 16 years. Some of the HL Group’s most popular clients include Pepsico, Oscar de la Renta, Tory Burch, and the Four Seaons Hotels. In addition to his responsibilities at his firm, South also served on the Board of Directors for Diane von Furstenberg, David Yurman, and Baccarat S.A. South will now become Chief of Staff for Co-CEOs David Winter and David Millstone of Standard Industries.

Erin Cullison, previously Fashion Director at BPCM, is now Sr. Fashion Director at Wetherly.

Priya Bhambri, previously Principal at London & Co., is now West Coast Director at LFB Media Group.

Carly Ginsberg, previously Assistant Account Executive at 5WPR, is now Account Executive at LFB Media Group.

Beth Bassil, previously Sr. Account Executive at Agentry PR, is now Sr. PR Manager at Jennifer Bett Communications.

Chelsea Hale, previously Account Executive at Edelman, is now Associate PR Manager at Jennifer Bett Communications.

Ryan Pachuta, previously PR Assistant at Jennifer Bett Communications, is now Sr. PR Coordinator.

Edward Padron, previously PR Director at C&M Media, is now Sr. Director at Jennifer Bett Communications


Violetta announces its representation of Agent Provocateur.

MMPR announces its representation of Candy Lane Kidz.

Krupp Group announces its representation of Malia Mills.

Brandsway Creative announces its representation of BLK Water.