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Industry Moves: Adidas Names New Chairman of Supervisory Board + More

FN Staff

Feb. 14, 2020: Adidas has appointed Thomas Rabe as chairman of its supervisory board. The new chair is set to replace Igor Landau, who will step down this spring, and starts in the role following the firm’s annual general meeting in May. Rabe joined Adidas’ supervisory board in May 2019 and serves as CEO of German media conglomerate Bertelsmann.

Feb. 13, 2020: Rent the Runway has a new chief supply chain officer. Brian Donato — who joins the company on March 16 and will report directly to co-founder and CEO Jennifer Hyman — is tasked with overseeing the firm’s customer fulfillment operations, including inventory restoration and warehousing. His appointment comes five months after a shipping crisis led to customer complaints about unfulfilled or delayed orders and the subsequent departure of former supply chain chief Marv Cunningham at the end of September.

Feb. 13, 2020: The Adidas AG supervisory board announced today that it intends to elect Thomas Rabe, 54, as supervisory board chairman after the annual general meeting on May 14 in Fuerth, Bavaria. Rabe will succeed Igor Landau, 75, whose term of office will end at the close of May’s annual general meeting. Rabe, the chairman and CEO of Germany-based media company Bertelsmann, became a member of Adidas’ supervisory board on May 9, 2019. Landau has been a member of the supervisory board since 2004 and its chairman since 2009.

Feb. 11, 2020: Earth Inc. has named two executives to its team. Mark Parsley has been appointed EVP of sales, and Alain Gervais has assumed the role of EVP of supply chain and operations. Prior to joining the company, Parsley held executive positions at Marc Fisher Footwear and Timberland, in addition to sales positions at Timberland and Bostonian. Gervais, who currently serves as CEO of Al Gervais Consulting, was COO at Marc Fisher Footwear, and VP of sourcing, financial planning and international retail operations at Nine West Group.

Feb. 11, 2020: Paige Thomas has been named president of Saks Off 5th, reporting directly to Helena Foulkes, CEO of parent Hudson’s Bay Co. Thomas most recently served as EVP and GMM of the full-price men’s and kids’ departments at Nordstrom. Before that, she held the role of EVP and GMM of off-price at Nordstrom for more than five years as well as working in merchandising posts at Kohl’s and Fred Meyer.

Feb. 11, 2020: Miu Miu has a new CEO. Benedetta Petruzzo has stepped into the post, which had remained vacant since last summer after the exit of Maria Cristina Lomanto. Petruzzo was formerly EVP of Kering Eyewear and previously worked for consultancy firm Bain & Co.

Feb. 11, 2020: Ajay Kavan has succeeded Ulric Jerome as CEO of MatchesFashion. Kavan was previously vice president, international special projects at Amazon. He will officially join March 16. Jerome exited MatchesFashion in 2019. At Amazon, Kavan worked on projects including Amazon Prime Now and Amazon Fresh which he launched in the European Union and Japan.

Feb. 10, 2020: Allbirds has appointed Old Navy president and chief creative officer Nancy Green to its board of directors. She previously spent six years as president and CEO of Athleta, where she helped implement key sustainable practices, following a stint as Old Navy’s interim co-president and chief creative officer between 2010 and 2012. She also led the Pottery Barn division of Williams-Sonoma for four years and currently serves on the Gap Foundation Board of Trustees and the Gap Inc. Sustainability Board.

Feb. 6, 2020: Seven months after Neal Newman exited his post, Two Ten Footwear Foundation has announced a replacement to fill the role of president and CEO. The nonprofit announced today that Shawn Osborne has been appointed to the position, effective Feb. 17. Newman departed the organization in early July, after eight years as president, leaving David DiPasquale in the interim position. DiPasquale had been an active Two Ten board member for three decades and also previously chaired the organization’s board of directors.

Feb. 6, 2019: Saskia van Gendt has joined Rothy’s to fill the newly created role of head of sustainability. She previously spent seven-plus years leading Method, a global maker of sustainable home cleaning products. At Rothy’s, the wildly popular sustainable direct-to-consumer shoe brand launched in San Francisco in 2016, van Gendt will be in charge of sustainable innovation and strategies to minimize the impact of Rothy’s supply chain.

Feb. 6, 2020: Tapestry has made three major executive hires: Liz Fraser was named CEO and brand president of Kate Spade, working alongside creative director Nicola Glass. Giorgio Sarné, currently president of Tapestry Asia as well as president and CEO of Coach Asia, will be promoted to CEO and brand president of Stuart Weitzman. He succeeds Eraldo Poletto, who leaves the firm in March. Yann Bozec, who is president of Tapestry China and president and CEO of Coach China, will also be promoted to president of Tapestry Asia Pacific, while continuing in his role at Coach China. All three execs will join Tapestry’s executive committee.

Feb. 6, 2020: Caleres has announced John McPhee‘s appointment as president of Sam Edelman. The exec joins the firm from Herman Miller Retail, where he had served as president and COO since 2010. As part of his new role, McPhee will partner with founder Sam Edelman, focusing on the areas of finance, inventory management and retail operations.

Feb. 5, 2020: Under Armour has announced the appointment of Colin Browne as chief operating officer, succeeding current President and CEO Patrik Frisk. As COO, Brown will be tasked with overseeing the company’s supply chain and sourcing operations as well as distribution, information technology, asset protection, sustainability and more. He has served as the chief supply chain officer since 2017. Separately, Paul Fipps has been named to the newly created post of chief experience officer, with responsibilities that include the firm’s overall consumer experience and digital strategy. Fipps’ previous role was as chief digital officer, starting in 2018. Effective Feb. 17, both Browne and Fipps will report directly to Frisk.

Feb. 4, 2020: Macy’s has announced a few changes to its senior management team. John Harper, who formerly served as chief stores officer, has assumed the role of chief operations officer. Reporting to Harper is Marc Mastronardi, who was most recently SVP of store operations and customer experience and is now chief stores officer. Danielle Kirgan, chief human resources officer, is also taking on an expanded post as chief transformation and HR officer.

Feb. 3, 2020: Nicolas Dreyfus has been named CEO of Frame. According to FN sister publication WWD, the fashion exec — formerly global CEO of The Kooples — is taking the helm at the Los Angeles-based company on March 1. He will report to creative directors Jens Grede and Erik Torstensson, who founded the brand in 2012.

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