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Bold Moves
Harvie-Watt to Valentino, Frisoni Departs Roger Vivier, Fedorova to Vogue Russia

In this weeks Bold Moves – Isabelle Harvie-Watt Joins Valentino as CMO, Bruno Frisoni Departs Roger Vivier as Creative Director, Fedorova Appointed to Editor of Vogue Russia


BRANDS & Retailers

Isabelle Harvie-Watt

Valentino Taps Isabelle Harvie-Watt as CMO
Isabelle Harvie-Watt has joined Valentino as their new Chief Marketing Officer, effective April 16th. Harvie-Watt joins from Spring Studios where she served as CEO of the brand’s Italian operations. Prior to that, she was Global CEO of Havas Luxclub and before that she was Global Marketing and Communications Director at Tod’s Group. Throughout the late 90s and early 2000s, Harvie-Watt worked multiple PR positions at Giorgio Armani and Gianni Versace. Outside of her extensive marketing experience, Harvie-Watt was also a Strategic Advisor for the 2024 Rome Olympic Committee, and sits on the Board of Directors for Saras Energia.

Gabriele Hackworthy Joins Jimmy Choo as Global Brand Marketing and Communications SVP
Effective at the end of April, Gabriele Hackworthy will move to Jimmy Choo as their SVP of Global Brand Marketing at Communications. Previously Hackworthy was Global Editorial Fashion Director at Net-a-Porter for over five years. Prior to that, Hackworthy was Fashion Director at Harper’s Bazaar. Before that, she served as Fashion Director at different branches of Vogue across the world including Australia, Japan, and China.

Axel Keller Joins Jil Sander as Worldwide Commercial Director
Jil Sander has tapped Axel Keller to be the next Worldwide Commercial Director of the German fashion house. Keller joins from Balenciaga where he was Commercial Director. Prior to that, Keller was working in commercial relations at Maison Margiela. In his new position at Jil Sander, Keller will report to CEO Alessandra Bettari.

Julien Soyez

Sonia Rykiel Names Julien Soyez to Chief Communications and Marketing Officer
Julien Soyez is joining French fashion house Sonia Rykiel as their Chief Communications and Marketing Officer. Previously, Soyez was at Marc Jacobs serving at Communications Director of European and Middle Eastern Operations. Before that, Soyez was at Louis Vuitton most recently serving as their Products PR Director. In his new position at Sonia Rykiel, Soyez will oversee PR strategy, brand image, advertising and digital activity.

Bruno Frisoni

Bruno Frisoni Steps Down as Roger Vivier’s Creative Director
After 16 years as Roger Vivier’s Creative Director, Bruno Frisoni is departing the company. Aside from the brand’s famous shoes, Frisoni is credited with amplifying the brand’s accessories during his tenure as Creative Director. Frisoni’s final collection for the French fashion house will be shown during Paris Fashion Week.

Helena Foulkes

Hudson Bay Company Appoints Helena Foulkes as CEO
Helena Foulkes has been tapped as Hudson Bay Company’s new Chief Executive Officer. Foulkes joins from CVS where she was President of CVS Pharmacy and EVP of CVS Health. Prior to her time there, Foulkes worked at Goldman & Sachs, and Tiffany & Co.

Nayla Touma Appointed Net-a-Porter Buying Director
Net-a-Porter has found their new Buying Director in Nayla Touma. Previously, Touma was Division Merchandise Manager of Footwear at Bergdorf Goodman. Touma’s move to Net-a-Porter is effective this April.

Jan Zijderveld

Avon Taps Jan Zijderveld as CEO
Jan Zijderveld is joining Avon Cosmetics as their new Chief Executive Officer. Zijderveld joins from Unilever where he has been since 1988, most recently serving as their President of European Operations, overseeing 34 countries in Unilever’s $14 billion European branch.

Billy Reid Appoints Mark Daley as CEO
Mark Daley has been tapped by Billy Reid as Chief Executive Officer. Daley joins from Smythson where he also served as CEO. Prior to that, Daley was Group President of Asia Pacific Operations at Ralph Lauren, and before that he was CEO of Dean & Deluca.

Billy Reid Appoints John Paul Rowan as COO
John Paul Rowan has also been tapped by Billy Reid to be their next Chief Operating Officer. Rowan joins from Savannah College of Art and Design where he most recently served as VP for Strategy and Innovation. Aside from his time with SCAD, Rowan also owned his own strategy consulting company, Rowan Media.

Laurent Potdevin

Laurent Potdevin Departs Lululemon Athletica as CEO
Chief Executive Officer of Lululemon, Laurent Potdevin, is departing the company after four years at the helm. Before Lululemon, Potdevin was President of TOMS.


Masha Fedorova Joins Vogue Russia as Editor-in-Chief
Vogue Russia has a new Editor-in-Chief in Masha Fedorova. Fedorova is moving across Condé Nast’s publishing portfolio, having previously served as Editor-in-Chief of Glamour Russia for eight years. Before that, she helped launch Glamour in Russia, and served as Fashion Director before being promoted to Editor. Fedorova is succeeding long-time Editor of Vogue Russia, Victoria Davydova.

Duncan Chater

Hearst Promotes Duncan Chater to Global VP of Hearst Magazines Digital Media
Duncan Chater has been promoted at Hearst to the position of Global VP of Digital Media. Most recently, Chater was Chief Brand Officer at Hearst UK, but started out at Hearst in 2000 as an Advertising Manager at Esquire. Chater’s new role takes effect this March, and he will be responsible for marketing and digital advertising on an international scale.

Samhita Mukhopadhyay

Teen Vogue Appoints Samhita Mukhopadhyay as Executive Editor
Samhita Mukhopadhyay is joining Teen Vogue as their new Executive Editor, where she will oversee the editorial team for the Condé Nast-owned publication. Mukhopadhyay joins from Mic.com where she was Senior Editorial Director, heading the site’s coverage of social movements such as the Standing Rock Protests and Black Lives Matter. Prior to that she was Director of Strategic Engagement and Communications for the National Women’s Business Council.

WSJ Off Duty Taps Rory Satran as Fashion Director
The Wall Street Journal’s arts and style section, Off Duty, has appointed Rory Satran as Fashion Director. Satran joins from i-D Magazine where she was Editorial Director, and before that she was Content Director of Opening Ceremony.