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Shuffle Board: CEOs Named at Asics EMEA and Tiger of Sweden, CMO Appointed at JustFab

Brands

Asics

After 10 years, Alistair Cameron, CEO for Asics EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa), has decided to leave the company. This comes as Asics has started implementing a number of initiatives aimed at further strengthening the position of the brand in the region and ensure the sustainable growth of the business.

He has been succeeded by Carsten Unbehaun, who since joining Asics EMEA in 2002 has held a number of senior management roles, including managing director of Central Europe and most recently as the CEO of Haglöfs, which has seen sales growth since joining in 2018. Carsten will remain as CEO of Haglöfs until his successor is found.

Masashi Abe will become executive vice president at Asics EMEA, effective Jan. 1. Masashi started working at Asics from 2001. He moves from Asics headquarters in Kobe, Japan, having held numerous roles, including assignments to Europe for several years and most recently as the general manager of geography strategy division.

Tiger of Sweden

Stockholm-based fashion house Tiger of Sweden named Linda Dauriz as its new CEO, effective Dec. 1.

Dauriz succeeds Moa Strand, who served as interim CEO following the resignation of Hans-Christian Meyer last February. Strand will continue to serve as chief marketing officer.

Dauriz will lead the brand’s efforts towards increasing its relevance to consumers across Europe and selected additional key markets, strengthening its wardrobe offerings and driving the digitization of the company’s operating model.

Dauriz joined Tiger of Sweden from Hugo Boss, where she was director of customer experience and corporate development. Prior to that, she was a partner at McKinsey & Company for several years, advising apparel, fashion and luxury companies in Europe and globally.

Retail

Tailored Brands

Tailored Brands Inc. announced that Andrew Vollero joined its board of directors and serves as a member of the audit committee. The Tailored Brands board is now comprised of eight members, six of whom are independent.

Since October 2018, Vollero has served as chief financial officer (CFO) for Allied Universal, a leading security and facility services company with revenues exceeding $7 billion. Previously, he was CFO and chief accounting officer of Snap, Inc., where he built the finance function, prepared the social media company for its initial public offering and developed Snap, Inc.’s “Path to Profitability” strategy.

Tailored Brands is an omnichannel specialty retailer of men’s wear, with stores and e-commerce sites operated through the Men’s Wearhouse, Jos. A. Bank, Joseph Abboud, Moores Clothing for Men and K&G names.

JustFab

TechStyle Fashion Group, a global fashion retailer known for its membership-based digital brands Fabletics, Savage X Fenty, JustFab, ShoeDazzle and FabKids, appointed Daria Burke as chief marketing officer (CMO) of JustFab, the company’s fast-growing apparel, shoes and accessories brand.

As CMO, Burke will be responsible for JustFab’s global brand awareness and positioning, overseeing all marketing functions across channels and geographies. As part of her role, she will lead and develop JustFab’s customer acquisition strategy and will be responsible for driving global membership growth and revenue for the brand. Burke will work closely with the company’s data science and media measurement teams to ensure JustFab marketing initiatives leverage the latest customer analytics, trends and other insights.

Most recently, Burke led fashion and retail advertising partnerships at Facebook, where she developed brand and performance marketing solutions for advertisers across Facebook and Instagram. Prior to that, she served as head of beauty strategy, innovation and experience at CVS.

RILA

The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) announced that Michael Hanson will join the association as senior executive vice president for public affairs on Dec. 9.

As chief operating officer Brian Dodge transitions to the role of RILA president in January, Hanson will assume many of his previous responsibilities, including overseeing the public affairs team. Hanson will be responsible for identifying the industry’s top public policy challenges and working with leading retailers and key stakeholders to elevate the industry in Washington, D.C., and across the country.

Hanson most recently served as chief public policy officer at Sabre, a leading travel technology company, where he led legislative and regulatory strategy at the local, state and federal level. Prior to that, he served as vice president for government affairs at J.C. Penney, where he was a leading contributor in shaping RILA’s top public policy priorities.

Textiles

Australian Wool Innovation

Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) shareholders elected two new directors, Dr. Michelle Humphries and Noel Henderson, to its seven-member board.

The director election process will result in the departure from the board of former AWI chairman Wal Merriman, who has served on the AWI board since 2004 and was chairman from 2008 until his retirement in 2018.

AWI deputy chairman Dr. Meredith Sheil, who did not put herself forward for re-election, retired at the end of the annual general meeting.

AdvanSix

AdvanSix announced that Willem Blindenbach joined the company as vice president of Integrated Supply Chain.

Blindenbach will have responsibility for safe, stable and sustainable operations across the company’s three manufacturing facilities, while advancing the company’s strategic priorities with operational efficiency and robust safety performance. Blindenbach will report directly to Erin N. Kane, president and CEO of AdvanSix.

Blindenbach comes to AdvanSix following more than two decades at ExxonMobil. Most recently, he served as vice president of Mobil International Company and operations manager, EMEA.

Blindenbach succeeds Dorene Billingsley, who has retired after 35 years of service with AdvanSix and its predecessor companies.

AdvanSix is a manufacturer of nylon 6, a polymer resin used to produce engineered plastics, fibers, filaments and films that, in turn, are used in such end-products as automotive and electronic components, carpets, sports apparel, fishing nets and food and industrial packaging.

Technology

PriceSpider

Following its recent acquisition of Oris Intelligence, PriceSpider, a specialist in advanced data and retail technology, said Lucas Baerg and Eric Ermie joined the company.

Baerg will serve as PriceSpider’s chief financial officer, bringing his strategic expertise in finance and leadership at companies such as AutoAlert, VinSolutions, the Walt Disney Company and Ricoh.

Ermie joins PriceSpider as chief sales officer. He brings over a decade of experience growing companies like Oris Intelligence and ExamSoft, as well as extensive knowledge of data analytics.

PriceSpider provides insights about consumer purchasing behavior for brand manufacturers through its proprietary “spidering” technology that collects massive data sets from thousands of e-commerce sites. PriceSpider also delivers actionable insights that preserve pricing integrity for manufacturers to help them protect their brand by patrolling and enforcing minimum advertised prices everywhere their products are sold online.

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