Tiger of Sweden appoints Hans-Christian Meyer as CEO

London - Tiger of Sweden has appointed Hans-Christian Meyer as its new Chief Executive Officer, effective from September 1, 2017. The appointment comes as the Scandinavian tailoring brand continues to expand its presence across the globe and strengthen its position in the international fashion market.

In his new role, Meyer is set to report directly to the company's Board of Directors at Tiger of Sweden's parent company, IC Group. Meyer has been tasked with the further expansion of Tiger of Sweden globally. "I am thrilled to join Tiger of Sweden and the team, in my second home city Stockholm, as I believe the company has an enormous potential to continue expanding in the marketplace by strengthening its appeal to more consumers globally," said Meyer on his new appointment in a statement.

Hans-Christian Meyer named Tiger of Sweden new CEO

He brings with him over 25 years of experience working within the fashion industry, during which he held a number of senior positions. Meyer most recently spent 11 years at Ralph Lauren, where he served as President Retail, EMEA and was part of their Global Senior Management team. Prior to his current role at Ralph Lauren, which he took on back in July 2015, Meyer served as Senior Vice President and Managing Director, Scandinavia, and Baltics working across multiple distribution channels inclusive of wholesale and directly-operated retail.

"Hans-Christian Meyer brings a fresh perspective and incredible depth of brand experience to Tiger of Sweden," commented Peter Thorsen Deputy Chairman of Tiger of Sweden. "I appreciate Hans-Christian's unique sensibility, his honesty, and his authenticity. He is an exceptionally strong leader with the passion and energy we need. This, combined with his collaborative working style and his intense focus on results, will put us in a stronger position and lead our Company into the future."

His appointment as CEO comes shortly after the appointment of Christoffer Lundman as the new head of Creative and Design. Together Meyer and the Management team will work to further develop and build the brand as a global player in fashion.

Photo: Hans-Christian Meyer, courtesy of Tiger of Sweden

Carla Fendi, who along with four sisters helped build her parents' leather and fur goods shop in Rome into a global fashion powerhouse, has died aged 80, Italian press reports said Tuesday. Her death Monday was reported by members of her family, according to the reports.

It was Carla and her sisters -- Paola, Anna, Franca and Alda -- who in 1965 brought in Karl Lagerfeld, then a young German designer, to create a women's ready-to-wear-line.

Honorary president of the Fendi group, now a part of the LVMH fashion conglomerate, Carla Fendi focused mainly on public relations and fostering the label's international growth.

An enthusiastic fan of art and music, Carla Fendi created in 2007 a foundation for supporting Italy's cultural heritage, and was one of the main benefactors of the Festival dei Due Mondi ("Festival of Two Worlds"), an annual classical music festival in Spoleto, central Italy. (AFP)

Brioni ropes in Nina-Maria Nitsche as the new Creative Director

Kering and Brioni have announced the appointment of Nina-Maria Nitsche as the new Creative Director of Brioni, effective June 15, 2017. The company said in a statement that Nitsche will have creative responsibility of the House’s collections and image.

“I am very pleased to welcome Nina-Maria Nitsche to the House of Brioni. Ever since I met her in 1996, I have been impressed by her creative approach, starting from a clearly defined concept and then transforming that into products that accurately resonate with the customer,” said Brioni CEO Fabrizio Malverdi in the statement.

Nina-Maria Nitsche named Creative Director of Brioni

Prior to Brioni, Nitsche was associated with Maison Martin Margiela since 1989 and for the 23 years, she worked closely with the designer on the creative vision of the house. After the designer’s resignation, in 2009, Nina-Maria Nitsche took over the creative direction of the design house.

Brioni added in the statement that Nitsche’s long experience and global creative perspective will enable her to reinforce the clarity of Brioni’s identity, emphasise its sartorial values and reinstate its pioneering heritage.

“I am honored to collaborate with the House of Brioni. Thanks to its long sartorial history, Brioni has the potential to redefine its position as a unique luxury brand. The House’s philosophy is based on a pioneering approach to menswear. My aim is to reinforce and invigorate this longstanding tradition,” said Nitsche, commenting on her new responsibility at Brioni.

Chairman and CEO of Kering, François-Henri Pinault, further added to the media release that Nina-Maria has a very accurate understanding of the Brioni man and she will bring a comprehensive and articulate creative vision to the House.

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Columbia Sportswear promotes two senior executives

Columbia Sportswear Company has appointed Jim Swanson as the company's Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer and Peter Rauchas the company's Senior Vice President and Chief Transformation Officer.

"I am excited to share the appointment of these two new leaders as we continue to organize around the new operating model we announced last week," said Tim Boyle, Columbia's President and CEO in a statement, adding, "Jim's deep knowledge of the company's business and his proven financial management skills will provide great insight and continuity as we move forward with our strategic business initiatives and Peter's global financial and operational experience will enable him to play a key role leading change initiatives to support our commitment to being a brand-led, consumer-first organization."

Columbia Sportswear promotes two senior execs

The company said, Swanson brings a wealth of experience with the company to his role, having served in a variety of key finance positions over the past 14 years. Swanson served as Columbia's senior global financial analyst from April 2003 to December 2004, as finance manager from January 2005 to December 2008 and as director of strategic and financial planning from January 2009 to May 2015 when he was named vice president of finance.

Prior to joining the company, Swanson served in a variety of financial planning and analysis, tax and accounting roles, including senior financial analyst at Freightliner Corporation and at Tality Corporation - a wholly-owned subsidiary of Cadence Design Systems - and as a senior tax and business advisory associate at Arthur Andersen. Swanson will fill the position currently held by Tom Cusick, who has been promoted to Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, effective July 1, 2017.

Rauch, the company said, will lead the company's newly-formed transformation office, which is being established as part of the on-going business assessment launched by the company in the first quarter of 2017. Currently serving as the company's vice president, chief accounting officer since August 2016, Rauch joined the company in January 2008 as retail accounting manager. He was promoted to director of retail accounting in April 2010, senior financial controller - EMEA in June 2011, and chief financial officer of the company's joint venture in China in July 2013.

Prior to Columbia Sportswear Company, he served as senior manager accounting & reporting for Webtrends from 2006 to 2007 and was an accountant with Deloitte from 1999 to 2006. He is a certified public accountant.

The company added that Swanson and Rauch will report to EVP and COO Tom Cusick with effect from July 1, 2017.


Global Brands Group announces board changes

The board of directors of Global Brands Group has announced that Professor Hau Leung Lee, an independent non-executive director, has been re-designated as a Non-executive Director and now he ceases to be the chairman of the remuneration committee of the company following his appointment as the chairman of the Fung Academy.

Fung Academy is a privately held company established to cultivate talent, accelerate learning and develop future capabilities in companies across the Fung Group of which the company is a member. Lee remains as a member of the audit committee of the company.

Audrey Wang Lo named Chair of Remuneration Committee

The company added that Audrey Wang Lo, an independent non-executive director and a member of the audit committee and the remuneration committee of the company, has been appointed as the chairperson of the remuneration committee in place of Lee. Prior to the appointment of Mrs Lo as the chairperson of remuneration committee, she served as a member of remuneration committee.

In addition, Paul Edward Selway-Swift, an independent non-executive director and a member of the audit committee of the company, has been appointed as a member of the remuneration committee. The composition of the remuneration committee of the company, after the aforesaid changes, comprises Audrey Wang Lo as Chairperson and Dr William Fung Kwok Lun and Paul Edward Selway-Swift as members.

The board also announced that Dow Peter Famulak has resigned from his position as an executive director of the company with effect from June 14, 2017 to devote more time to his other roles and responsibilities within the group. He remains a member of the senior management after his resignation as an executive director.

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Escada names Niall Sloan as its new Global Design Director

London - Escada has announced the appointment of Niall Sloan as its new Global Design Director. Sloan, who is set to join the team at Escada from Hunter, will begin his new role effective August 1, 2017.

"Escada is a brand I have been fond of for many years," said Sloan on his new position. "Its heritage is fun, bold and feminine with a strong point of view in luxury womenswear. I'm very excited to be a part of reshaping its future and can't wait to get started."

He brings with him years of experience working in the industry, having previously served as Global Design Director at Hunter for the last four years, overseeing the design of all women's, men's and children's product categories. Prior to serving at Hunter, Sloan worked closely alongside Christopher Bailey at Burberry and has been credited for his role in forming the current image of the British heritage brand.

Sloan will begin working with the team at Escada on Autumn 2018, with his first full collection for the brand bring Resort 2019. "Niall is a great creative talent who has the ideal experience, energy, and vision to reinterpret the legacy of the brand in a relevant and contemporary way," commented Iris Epple-Righi, CEO of Escada.

"His 10 years in luxury at Burberry combined with his recent experience at a more contemporary and casual brand such as Hunter is a perfect fit for how we want to develop Escada. His unique experience across multiple areas including apparel, accessories, footwear and VIP dressing is also very relevant for us. We’re excited to have him on our team."

Photo: Escada

Alison Coville named President of Hudson’s Bay

Hudson’s Bay Company has announced that Alison Coville has been named President of Hudson's Bay. The company said, Coville will lead a dedicated management team responsible for directing operations for Hudson's Bay and Home Outfitters in Canada. Coville will report to Jerry Storch, Chief Executive Officer of HBC.

"Within HBC's global footprint, Canada is such an important and indelible part of our story and growth strategy. Alison has a deep understanding of the Hudson's Bay customer and will help push innovation and build the Hudson's Bay experience online and in stores to drive us to the future," said Richard Baker, Governor and Executive Chairman, HBC in a statement.

Alison Coville names President of Hudson’s Bay

HBC expects this dedicated leadership structure to better position the banner to drive performance in Canada, which has consistently been one of the company's strongest markets.

"Alison is a seasoned professional with more than 30 years of experience in Canadian retail, nearly two decades of which has been spent at HBC. She has proven herself to be a dedicated leader with great intuition and knowledge of the market and sector. I believe her track record, keen insight, and bold vision make her the ideal leader to drive our strategy forward and accelerate our growth plans for Hudson's Bay," added Jerry Storch.

Coville has held leadership positions in merchandising with HBC since 2005, in almost every area of the business including women's, accessories, cosmetics, home and men's. The company added that she has been instrumental in developing strategies to improve sales and profit.

Prior to joining HBC in 1999 as a divisional merchandise manager, Coville worked at T. Eaton Company, where she progressed through the organization in multiple functions and executive roles including buying, store planning, marketing, and national sales management.

HBC said that Liz Rodbell, who has split her time between Canada and the US for five years, and served as president of Hudson's Bay and Lord & Taylor for the past three years, continues in her role as President of Lord & Taylor. She will now be fully focused on leading that US banner, together with a dedicated management team.

Commenting on Rodbell’s role, Jerry Storch added that with more than 30 years at Lord & Taylor, Liz is uniquely positioned to continue to lead the banner through its evolution and drive its digital strategy.

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Mauro Ravizza Krieger exits creative director role at Pal Zileri

London - Mauro Ravizza Krieger, creative director at menswear label Pal Zileri, has exited his role. The decision for the two parties to go their separate ways after three years is said to have been mutual, according to WWD.

"This is amicable," said Giovanni Mannucci, chief executive officer of Pal Zileri, to WWD. "We have talked about the development of the brand and a change made sense for both of us." A successor has yet to be announced, but Mannucci revealed that the company is working a new strategy for Pal Zileri which will be unveiled next January.

Ravizza Kriger final collection for Pal Zileri will be shown during Milan Men's Fashion Week on June 18, although the designer himself will not be present at the event. He first joined the label as creative director in 2014 and has been credited with playing a key role in the brand's repositioning. Prior to joining the team at Pal Zileri, he worked for Caruso, Loro Piana, Herno and Luciano Barbera.

Photo: Pal Zileri Website

Columbia Sportswear reorganises senior executive team

Columbia Sportswear Company has announced a strategic realignment of its corporate leadership team as part of the on-going organizational assessment launched by the company in the first quarter of 2017. Tim Boyle, who has served as CEO of the company since 1988, has resumed the role of President, which he previously held until 2015, in addition to his role as Chief Executive Officer.

"We have established strong momentum behind our portfolio of dynamic brands," said Boyle, adding, "I am confident that the leadership structure we are announcing today will enhance our ability to successfully execute on our strategic plan and to further drive sustainable, profitable growth."

Columbia Sportswear promotes six senior executives

The company said that effective July 1, 2017, six members of the senior leadership team will be elevated to new roles or take on additional responsibilities, who will report directly to CEO Tim Boyle.

Tom Cusick will be promoted to Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Cusick is a 14-year company veteran who has advanced through progressive financial management roles, serving as executive vice president of finance and chief financial officer since 2015. He will continue to act as chief financial officer and treasurer until a successor is appointed.

Peter Bragdon, a 15-year company veteran who has served as executive vice president, chief administrative officer, general counsel, and secretary of the company since 2015, will assume oversight of the company's international distributor business and expand his leadership of government affairs, external relations and corporate communications, in addition to his current responsibilities.

Franco Fogliato will be promoted to Executive Vice President, Americas General Manager. Fogliato joined the company in 2013 and has served as the company's senior vice president, general manager - EMEA region since 2016. In his new role, Fogliato will oversee the company's wholesale and direct-to-consumer sales functions in North America.

Joe Boyle will be promoted to Executive Vice President, Columbia Brand President and will be responsible for leading the creation of Columbia brand apparel, footwear, accessories, and equipment globally. Boyle joined the company in 2005 and has served as senior vice president of Columbia brand merchandising and design since 2015.

Doug Morse, who joined the company in 1995, will be promoted to Senior Vice President, Emerging Brands and APAC. In his new role, Morse will direct the brand leaders at the company's Mountain Hardwear, prAna and Sorel brands and will oversee the company's businesses in Japan, China and Korea.

Matthieu Schegg will be promoted to Vice President, EMEA General Manager where he will oversee the company's wholesale and direct-to-consumer sales functions in Europe. Schegg has served as director of sales for Europe Direct since he joined the company in 2015.

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Diesel appoints founder's son as North America CEO

Diesel has appointed Stefano Rosso as its new North American chief executive officer. As is customary at many Italian companies, Rosso is the son of Diesel founder Renzo Rosso, and will take the role following the departure of Tommaso Bruno, who rejoined the Benetton Group.

“We believe the U.S. and North America, in general, are one of the most important geographical areas for the development of the group,” Rosso Told WWD. “Diesel being one of the most relevant brands inside the Only The Brave group, there was a need for someone to take over this market from the family.”

“There is a need today for Diesel as a brand to be revamped and rediscovered in the U.S. Diesel is still Diesel, but we kind of got lost in translation. Being part of the family, having lived and breathed Diesel since I was born, having had this previous experience in the market, we basically thought I could be the ideal person to come and take over,” he said.

According to WWD, Rosso graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology with a bachelor's degree in international trade and marketing. He began his career working outside the family business, collaborating with brands such as Zoo York.

Diesel is part of the OTB Group which also has Marni, Maison Margiela and Viktor & Rolf in its portfolio.

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