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Shuffle Board: Biden Names Made in America Director, New CFOs at Tapestry and Hanesbrands

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President Biden announced Celeste Drake as his choice to serve as the nation’s first Director of Made in America at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

Drake will shape and implement federal procurement and financial management policy to help carry out the President’s vision of a Made-in-America future, including minority entrepreneurs and small businesses across the country. Drake joins the administration from the Directors Guild of America, where she served as the executive in charge of government affairs, advocating for the economic and creative interests of the labor union’s more than 18,000 members.

Prior to joining the DGA, Drake served as the trade and globalization policy specialist for the AFL-CIO, where she played an instrumental role in shaping U.S. trade policy to promote inclusive growth for working American families and the manufacturing sector.

Brands

Columbia Sportswear

Columbia Sportswear Company appointment Emily Rompala as senior vice president of omni-planning and fulfillment operations.

In this newly created role, reporting to Lisa Kulok, executive vice president and chief supply chain officer, Rompala will lead the global omni-planning team across all brands and channels, and will champion the company’s ongoing omni-planning process and technology improvements. She will also be leading the fulfillment operations team ensuring omni execution across the globe.

Columbia Sportswear Company has a portfolio of brands in the active lifestyle apparel, footwear, accessories and equipment industry. In addition to the Columbia brand, Columbia Sportswear Company also owns the Mountain Hardwear, Sorel and prAna brands.

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Tapestry

Tapestry Inc. appointed Scott A. Roe, as chief financial officer (CFO), effective June 1.

Roe will have responsibility for all finance functions, as well as leading the company’s strategy and consumer insights teams. He joins from VF Corp., where he served as CFO since April 2015 after working in the OEM automotive and basic materials industries since beginning his career at Ernst & Young.

With Roe’s appointment, Andrea Shaw Resnick, who has held the position of Interim CFO since July 2020, will assume the newly created role of chief communications officer, reporting to CEO Joanne Crevoiserat. In addition, Christina Colone, currently vice president of investor relations, will be promoted to global head of investor relations.

Tapestry is a New York-based company with a brand portfolio that includes Coach, Kate Spade and Stuart Weitzman.

Hanesbrands

Hanesbrands named Michael Dastugue as chief financial officer (CFO), effective May 1.

Most recently, Dastugue was executive vice president and CFO at Walmart U.S., where he led financial activities at the company’s $370 billion U.S. segment. Before joining Walmart in 2013, Dastugue was CFO at J.C. Penney.

Hanesbrands, based in Winston-Salem, N.C., sells its products apparel brands Hanes, Champion, Bonds, Maidenform, DIM, Bali, Playtex, Bras N Things, Nur Die/Nur Der,Alternative, L’eggs, JMS/Just My Size, Lovable, Wonderbra, Berlei and Gear for Sports.

Outdoor Voices

Active lifestyle brand Outdoor Voices appointed global marketing veteran Rebecca Messina as a new member of its board of directors.

Currently a senior advisor at McKinsey & Company, Messina previously held positions at Uber, Beam Suntory and The Coca-Cola Company.

Outdoor Voices delivered record growth in 2020, with e-commerce sales growing nearly 50 percent and annual profitability improving by more than $20 million.

Retail

ThredUp

ThredUp Inc., a resale platform for women’s and kid’s apparel, shoes and accessories, announced that Marcie Vu was appointed to the company’s board of directors.

Vu brings extensive experience helping consumer technology platforms and marketplaces grow and scale, and has advised on many high-profile IPOs and M&A deals. The announcement comes after ThredUP completed its IPO in March.

Vu was previously head of the Consumer Technology Group at Qatalyst Partners, a technology-focused M&A advisory investment bank. Prior to that, she was head of consumer internet investment banking at Morgan Stanley.

ThredUP’s proprietary operating platform is the foundation for its managed marketplace and consists of distributed processing infrastructure, proprietary software and systems and data science expertise. ThredUP has processed over 100 million unique secondhand items from 35,000 brands across 100 categories.

Textiles

MycoWorks

Biomaterials company MycoWorks appointed Dr. Janne Kerovuo as chief science officer and Dr. Bhupendra Soni as distinguished scientist of fermentation.

These announcements come as MycoWorks invests further in the company’s research and development (R&D), preparing for the opening of an additional manufacturing facility and scaling its current facilities to meet growing demand from the fashion and footwear industries for its patented material technology, Fine Mycelium.

Kerovuo will oversee product development and manage the Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) at MycoWorks. Kerovuo will lead the R&D team in building the tunable Fine Mycelium platform in order to scale and accelerate production capacity.

Kerovuo previously served as chief technology officer at NewLeaf, in addition to leading its Scientific Advisory Board, and has held leadership positions at Monsanto, Agradis, Synthetic Genomics and Diversa.

Soni will support further development of the MycoWorks SAB and engage product development and R&D, along with external partners, to ensure MycoWorks continues to lead world-class research. Soni will lead the team in optimizing the Fine Mycelium fermentation process with the  aim of maximizing yield over efficient growth cycles, working closely with Keruvuo to scale and deliver first-class biological materials.

Soni spent the past 14 years working with emerging biotechnology companies, including Glori Energy Inc and Marrone Bio Innovations, and most recently served as vice president of fermentation at MycoTech Corporation, directing its liquid fermentation systems using mycelium.

Fine Mycelium, a new type of sustainable material that offers fashion and footwear brands an option for fine leather, carries the advantage of total control over quality and customization. Materials are grown to brand partners’ specifications for performance and aesthetic features, allowing creative control to design from the material on up, while minimizing waste and ensuring consistent quality.

Logistics

Fleet Advantage

Fleet Advantage, an innovator in fleet data analytics, financing solutions and life cycle cost management, (LCCM) announced several promotions within its organization.

Bill Ten Eyck and Don Davis were each been promoted to senior vice president, national accounts. Ten Eyck possesses over 38 years of experience in the areas of equipment leasing and finance, transportation management, dedicated contract carriage and global supply chain management, as well as management of national private fleets.

Davis has been focused on growing the company’s overall lease origination portfolio by helping national clients replace and upgrade thousands of trucks.

Matt de Aguiar was promoted to chief strategist to the CEO, where he is focused on increasing collaboration, workflow discipline and overseeing internal and external processes. De Aguiar has been with Fleet Advantage for nearly two years and has made a mark in helping to address some of the systemic challenges while fostering greater collaboration between teams and ongoing projects.

Katerina Jones was promoted to vice president of marketing and business development. A seven-year veteran of Fleet Advantage, Jones independently leads the marketing department and drives awareness in the trucking industry through cultivating strategic campaigns and concepts that ultimately grab the attention of decision-makers in top fleet organizations.

Jackie Jacobs was promoted to senior fleet transaction analyst and project manager, where she plays an intricate role by spearheading data analytics and equipment procurement strategies for the transaction management team. Jacobs also played a crucial part in the development of the LCCM software within the company’s data-driven technology platform ATLAAS Unified (Advanced Truck Life Cycle Administrative Analytics Software).

Shayna Sweet was promoted to senior operations administrator. She has been with Fleet Advantage for more than six years and is responsible for administrative functions throughout key processes involving contracts, invoicing, preparing power of attorney for funding packages, registration and titling.

Fleet Advantage has over $1 billion of assets under its LCCM program and serves America’s top corporate fleets. Fleet Advantage guarantees the absolute lowest cost of operation by providing fleet financing solutions with matching proprietary data driven IT processes and fleet analytics, using the latest equipment technology to achieve optimum vehicle productivity and maximum safety.

Technology

Impinj

Impinj Inc., a RAIN RFID provider, announced that Brian Wong will join its executive leadership team as chief product officer (CPO), effective May 10.

As CPO, Wong will focus on advancing Impinj’s platform and enabling the company’s global partner ecosystem to develop RAIN RFID products and Internet of Things (IoT) solutions that enable and drive digital transformation.

Previously, he served as CEO of four companies, including TriLumina, Enevate Corporation, D2Audio Corporation and Primarion. He started his career at TRW developing electronics for spacecraft and helped lead the effort to leverage the technology into commercial applications.

Impinj helps businesses and people analyze, optimize and innovate by wirelessly connecting billions of everyday things, such as apparel, automobile parts, luggage and shipments, to the Internet. The Impinj platform uses RAIN RFID to deliver timely data about these everyday things to business and consumer applications.