N Brown appoints two new executive directors

N Brown Group plc has appointed Gill Barr and Michael Ross as Non-Executive Directors with effect from January 16, 2018.

Barr, the company said, is currently a Non-Executive Director of PayPoint plc, Wincanton plc, and a Trustee Director of Willis Towers Watson's master trust, LifeSight Ltd. She is also the Chair of the customer challenge group for Severn Trent Water Plc. Barr was previously a non-executive director of Morgan Sindall Plc. She was also group marketing director of The Co-operative Group, marketing director of John Lewis and she spent seven years at Kingfisher Plc in a variety of senior strategy, marketing and business development roles.

Ross, the company added, is the Co-founder and Chief Scientist of DynamicAction, a leader in big data analytics and AI for retail. He is also a Non-Executive Director of Sainsbury's Bank, and sits on the commercial development board at the Turing Institute. He was previously the co-founder and CEO of Figleaves.com, and started his career at McKinsey consulting in the early days of the internet.

Upon appointment, Barr will become Chair of the remuneration committee and Ross, the Chair of the CSR Committee.

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Christine Ahlers to join Courrèges as new CEO

Courrèges has appointed Christine Ahlers as the company’s new CEO, reports Style Network. Ahlers most recently served at Acne Studios for last 12 years and will join the label in February, which was acquired by Jacques Bungert and Frédéric Torloting in 2011.

The report added that the company that was founded in 1961 by André and Coqueline Courrèges is exploring possibility of a sale to either to Keringor Artémis or the Pinault family holding. Artémis holds a minority stake in the company. The company is also looking to hire a new creative director after the design duo Sébastien Meyer and Arnaud Vaillant left the company last year.

Quoting a statement, released by Bungert and Torloting, the report further said that Ahlers will announce the new creative leadership "in the coming weeks". "After the reorganisation phase guided by François Le Ménahèze [president of the label since April 2017 - Ed.], Christina's arrival marks today the opening of a new chapter for the house," the duo added in the press release.

Ahlers kicked off her career in the sales department of Martin Margiela. In 2006, she joined Acne Studios leading the Swedish brand's French office opening, which she continued to look after until her most recent move to Courrèges. She looked after sales and communication for Southern Europe; Eastern Europe; the Middle East and Asia at Acne Studio.

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Shop Direct's CIO and head of digital transformation quit

Shop Direct has announced that its chief information officer, Andy Wolfe, and head of digital transformation, Paul Hornby, have decided to move on from Shop Direct and will leave the business later this year.

Commenting on the development, Jon Rudoe, group retail, technology and data director at Shop Direct, said in a media release: “During his time with Shop Direct, Andy Wolfe has been instrumental in our transformation from a catalogue business to a technology-driven pureplay etailer. Paul Hornby has led Shop Direct teams to deliver huge advances in customer experience and site performance through innovations including our MyVery app, the Very Assistant chatbot, and our industry-renowned personalisation programme. JM Domaingue and Mike Francis are superb hires for us and I look forward to working with them both to continue to drive our technology capabilities and digital transformation as we accelerate towards world class.”

Jean Marc Domaingue named new CIO and Mike Francis, head, digital transformation

The company said in a statement that after five years as chief information officer of Shop Direct, Wolfe has decided move on. His responsibilities will no be shouldered by Jean Marc Domaingue, who has joined Shop Direct as interim CTO from technology and experience design specialist, Thoughtworks. The company added that Domaingue brings substantial experience across all areas of technology, including ecommerce, mobile, agile methodologies, programme management, IT architecture and systems integration. He’s also an experienced interim CTO, most recently at online fashion retailer Yoox, where he spent over a year prior to its merger with Net-A-Porter.

After 12 years with Shop Direct, most recently as head of digital transformation and formerly as head of ecommerce, Hornby, the company added, will leave in February to pursue a new opportunity. Alongside his current role as lead product owner, former Tesco product director, Mike Francis, who has been with Shop Direct since October, will step into Hornby’s position. An experienced and skilled digital executive, Francis most recently held the role of product director for new business ventures at Tesco.

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Koovs names Nina Amin as Non-Executive Director

Koovs - online retailer catering to the Indian market has announced the departure of its chief creative officer Robert Bready, reports Style Network. The company has also roped in Nina Amin of KPMG as a Non-Executive Director.

Quoting a statement from the company, the report added that the director and CCO Bready has stepped down and is leaving after having “been instrumental in the development of Koovs’ product design and merchandising operations” and that Bready “has more recently supported in transitioning these functions, bringing on board Samantha Chilton and Lauren Pool.”

Chilton, who joined the company last year, brings over 25 years of experience working with brands such as Primark, Arcadia and River Island, while Pool, who is head of creative, has over nine years' experience in “creating high-end campaigns and building the profile for e-commerce brands such as Little Mistress, Girls on Film and Paper Dolls.”

Amin, the company added will be a Non-Executive Director and Chairman of the audit committee, starting next month. She is currently head of Asian markets at KPMG UK and was awarded an MBE in 2013 for services to the Asian business community. She is also a part of the board of TiE London, a non-profit group supporting entrepreneurs.

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Elaine Welteroth, Teen Vogue's editor-in-chief and one of the magazine industry's biggest media personalities, has announced that she will be leaving Teen Vogue and Condé Nast Publications. The internal e-mail went out to Condé Nast's staff on Thursday afternoon.

Welteroth officially became editor-in-chief of the teen glossy publication in April 2017, after she shared leadership duties with digital director Phillip Picardi and creative director Marie Suter for a year. Before joining Teen Vogue and Condé Nast, Welteroth began as an intern at Ebony, and climbed up the ladder to become the beauty & style editor. She then made a lateral move over to Glamour, and after that she was promoted to Teen Vogue's beauty and health director prior to becoming editor-in-chief. This made Welteroth the youngest person and the second woman of color after Keija Minor at Brides to become editor-in-chief of a Condé Nast publication.

Elaine Welteroth departs Condé Nast Publications

Teen Vogue ceased print publications in November 2017, and it's unclear what Welteroth's role would have been going forward. According to a statement from Condé Nast issued to Styleista, "We talked to Elaine about a number of different opportunities but ultimately she decided to go in a different direction. She was instrumental in the successful launch of the Teen Vogue Summit and know that she will carry that same passion and enthusiasm into her next venture. We wish her all the best in what we know will be an incredible career."

In an exclusive interview with The Hollywood Reporter, it was revealed that she has signed with CAA, meaning she could be pursuing an on-camera career. Welteroth is known to be an impressive interviewer, having nailed interviews with high-profile figures such as former Vice President Joe Biden and 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Despite her departure from one of the world's top publishing houses, Welteroth's future is still looking bright.

New York & Company adds independent director to its board

New York & Company, Inc. has appointed Miki Racine Berardelli as an independent director to its board, effective January 3, 2018. The company said, Berardelli brings to the company’s board significant experience in digital marketing and commerce in the apparel retail industry.

Commenting on Berardelli’s appointment, Grace Nichols, New York & Company’s Non-Executive Chair of the board said in a media release: “We are excited to welcome Miki to our board of directors and look forward to benefiting from her strong background in brand building, digital and social marketing and e-commerce, demonstrating our ability to grow our board with the talented people who possess the skills and expertise to assist us to achieve our goals.”

Berardelli has served as chief executive officer of Kidbox, a start-up digital commerce business selling children’s apparel and accessories, since 2016. Before joining Kidbox, from 2014 to 2016, Berardelli served as president, digital commerce & CMO of Chico’s FAS, Inc. From 2009 to 2014, she served as chief marketing officer of Tory Burch LLC, and from 2002 to 2009 she served as SVP of marketing and in a number of other senior-level marketing positions for Polo Ralph Lauren Corporation. From October 2013 to August 2014, Berardelli was a member of the board of directors of Sport Chalet, Inc., a specialty sporting goods retailer.

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Helen Wight is the new CEO of Belstaff

Following the recent Ineos acquisition of the British brand Belstaff, Robin Hutson has been appointed as non-executive Chairman of the business and Helen Wright as the new CEO of Belstaff. Wright brings with her a long experience in luxury fashion brand management including senior roles at Anya Hindmarch, Karl Lagerfeld, LVMH/Fendi and Ralph Lauren. The company added that Gavin Haig, the current CEO of Belstaff, will step down by mutual consent with immediate effect.

Commenting on Wright's appointment, Robin Hutson, Chairman of Belstaff said in a press release, “Ineos is excited at the acquisition of this iconic British brand and sees great potential to revitalise and grow the business. Helen has over 25 years of luxury and lifestyle brand experience, and I am hugely excited that she is joining the business.”

As CEO at Anya Hindmarch, the company added, Wight executed an important new phase in global expansion across all channels of distribution with a focus on the development and profitability and the development of the ecommerce platform and online operations. At Karl Lagerfeld as global vice president retail, she partnered with investors in a global rollout of the brand via a new retail store concept across key international fashion capitals. She was president EMEI at LVMH/Fendi leading regional distribution, merchandising and marketing activities for the Italian heritage brand and prior to that she was SVP Ralph Lauren Europe where she led European retail and merchandising divisions.

Hutson is currently CEO and Chairman of Lime Wood Group and Home Grown Hotels of which Jim Ratcliffe is a major owner shareholder. Earlier, he was also chairman of Soho House Limited.

Additionally, the company said that Sarah Doukas founder of Storm Management, will be joining the Belstaff board. Ineos completed the acquisition of the Belstaff Group from JAB Luxury GmbH, on November 30, 2017.

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Susanne Ehnbåge named CEO of Lindex

Susanne Ehnbåge has been appointed CEO of Lindex. The company said, she will start in this position by August 2018 and will report to Lauri Veijalainen, Lindex Chairman of the board and Stockmann’s CEO, and she will also be a member of the Stockmann management team.

“I am confident that we have found a skilful leader with very strong retail, e-commerce and turnaround competence, which we need in order to respond to the rapid changes in the fashion market. Susanne Ehnbåge is very energetic and result driven. She has experience in an industry, which has changed fast and is being continuously challenged by new e-commerce players and digitalization,” said Lauri Veijalainen, CEO of Stockmann in a statement, commenting on the new appointment.

Ehnbåge is currently associated as the CEO of the NetOnNet Group, a Scandinavian home electronics retailer. She has been working at the company since 2003, where she has held a number of executive positions, most recently as the CEO since 2016.

“I’m excited to start at Lindex, one of Europe’s leading fashion chains. I look forward to working with the Lindex team and strengthening this great world-class brand even further in the continuously evolving retail market,” added Ehnbåge.

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Saks Fifth Avenue President Marc Metrick expands his leadership role

Hudson's Bay Company (HBC) has announced that Marc Metrick, President of Saks Fifth Avenue, will expand his leadership role to include Gilt and Saks OFF 5TH. In this capacity, the company said, Metrick will lead distinct teams and work to ensure that each business remains well positioned to execute within their respective operating structures. The company also added that with this change in leadership, Jonathan Greller will leave HBC effective January 12.

“Since assuming leadership of Saks Fifth Avenue in 2015, Marc has successfully implemented strategies to enhance business performance and elevate the Saks experience to be at the forefront of luxury retailing,” said Richard Baker, Governor, Executive Chairman and Interim CEO in a statement, adding, “Marc’s ability to shape and evolve the shopping experience is critical for success in an ever-changing retail environment, and I have great confidence that he will position Gilt and Saks Off 5th to drive improved performance.”

The company added that as a long-tenured retail executive, Metrick has served in a number of leadership roles for HBC and Saks Fifth Avenue. Since April 2015, he has held the role of President, Saks Fifth Avenue. Prior to this, he served as chief marketing officer and chief administrative officer of HBC, where he was responsible for corporate strategy and administration for all of HBC’s retail businesses. Metrick spent the first 15 years of his career at Saks Fifth Avenue, ultimately becoming its chief strategy officer before joining the leadership team of HBC in 2012. At HBC, the company said, he played an instrumental role in the acquisition of Saks Fifth Avenue and has since focused on driving growth there.

“I’m excited to work closely with the entire team at Gilt and Saks Off 5th to drive performance and move the business forward. There is opportunity for growth at both businesses, especially on their respective digital platforms. I look forward to collaborating with the leadership team to position the business for future success,” added Metrick.

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M&S appoints Humphrey Singer as Chief Finance Officer

Marks and Spencer Group plc (M&S) has appointed Humphrey Singer to its board as Chief Finance Officer. Singer, the company said, has been Group Finance Director at Dixons Carphone plc since 2014 following the merger of Dixons Retail with Carphone Warehouse Group.

Commenting on Singer’s appointment, Steve Rowe, Chief Executive, M&S, said in a media statement: “As we embark on our five-year transformation programme, Humphrey will be a great addition to the top team. His experience as part of the team that led Dixons through its period of change and migration to multi-channel retailer is most relevant to what we are undertaking here. This, coupled with his retail expertise and eye for detail and cost, will be very important to our team dynamic as we move forward."

He became group finance director of Dixons in 2011, having held several other finance roles since joining the company in 2007. His early career included finance roles at Cadbury Schweppes plc and Coca-Cola Enterprises UK Limited. Humphrey is a Non-Executive Director at Taylor Wimpey plc.

“Under Steve M&S is changing and there’s no better time to be joining the team that is transforming the business,” added Singer.

Humphrey will replace Helen Weir who, as previously announced, is leaving M&S on March 31, 2018 to pursue a portfolio career.

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