Industry Moves: RG Barry Hires Two New Leaders, Lord & Taylor Taps Former Stitch Fix Exec



The Lord & Taylor flagship store in New York City.
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May 15, 2018: RG Barry Corp. has named Scott Erdman the president of Baggallini and Joseph Bean the senior vice president of Ecommerce Wholesale. Erdman was most recently the chief merchandising officer at eBags while Bean previously served as the North America vice president of internet wholesale at The Rockport Company. Effective immediately, both executives will report directly to company president and CEO Bob Mullaney.

May 14, 2018: HBC announced the appointment of Vanessa LeFebvre as president of Lord & Taylor, effective May 22. She will replace Liz Rodbell, who headed up the department store since 2014. LeFebvre joins HBC from online retailer Stitch Fix, where she served as VP, general merchandise manager of women’s, the primary business for the company. After spending the first 10 years of her career as a buyer and DMM at Lord & Taylor, LeFebvre went on to senior roles at several retailers including Macy’s, TJX Companies and Daffy’s. At Macy’s, LeFebvre was the principal architect of Macy’s Backstage division. She will report directly to HBC CEO Helena Foulkes.

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May 14, 2018: Matchesfashion.com has made several new hires, all of whom will report to CEO Ulrich Jerome. Tom Athron has been named COO, joining the company from Britain’s John Lewis Partnership, where he sat on the board and served as group development director. Lea Cranfield has been hired as commercial director and joins from Yoox Net-a-Porter Group, where she oversaw merchandising for Net and Mr Porter. Prior to joining Net, Cranfield was merchandising manager at Liberty and head merchandiser at Comme des Garçons.Kim Hartlev has been tapped to serve as chief technology officer and joins from Sainsbury’s supermarket, where he held a similar role. He has worked at BlackBerry, Movirtu and Mobilethink.

May 11, 2018: Titan Industries has tapped Joel Oblonksy as its new CEO, effective May 14. Oblonsky is a 20-year veteran of the footwear and accessory industries. His previous positions include CEO of Nine West Group; president Polo and Lauren footwear brands, Lauren Accessories; and president and COO, Nina Footwear Corp.

May 10, 2018: St. Louis-based Caleres Inc. announced that Molly Adams, EVP of global merchandising and product development at The Walt Disney Co. since 2008, will become the new president of Famous Footwear. Adams, who will join Caleres on May 29 and succeed retiring chief Rick Ausick, takes the reins of its largest division.

May 8, 2018: Nike Inc. has confirmed four new executive departures. Steve Lesnard, VP and GM of running; Helen Kim, VP and GM of Nike East for North America; Simon Pestridge, global VP of marketing for performance categories; and Tommy Kain, Nike’s director of sports marketing, are no longer with the company.

May 4, 2018: Pentland has appointed Gianne Georgiades CEO of its joint venture with Lacoste Footwear. Georgiades joins the business from Coach, where he was VP of wholesale partnerships in Europe. He also spent time at Deckers Brands, where he served as managing director of EMEA.

May 2, 2018: Macy’s Inc., which announced its acquisition of Story, has named the concept store’s CEO and founder, Rachel Shechtman, its brand experience officer. As part of her new role, Shechtman will report directly to Macy’s president Hal Lawton and be responsible for in-store customer experiences.

May 2, 2018: Kohl’s has appointed retail veteran Doug Howe as the company’s chief merchandising officer in charge of buying, planning and overall merchandising strategy, reporting directly to CEO-elect Michelle Gass. Prior to joining Kohl’s, Howe was global chief merchandising officer at Qurate Retail Group Inc., home to QVC and HSN, and has previously held executive roles at Gap Inc.

May 2, 2018: Oboz Footwear has grown its team with the addition of Judd Salvas as its new marketing manager. Salvas, who took on the role in March, was previously a sales representative with Utah-based KNS Reps and has served as creative director of consulting firm Batch 171.

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