Zalando co-CEO Rubin Ritter informed Cristina Stenbeck, chairperson of the company’s supervisory board, that he intends to step down at the annual general meeting in 2021.
Stenbeck announced that the supervisory board will work together with Ritter to dissolve his contract, which runs until November 2023.
Since 2010, Robert Gentz, David Schneider and Rubin Ritter have led Zalando as a team of three co-CEOs. During that time, Zalando grew from a startup to Europe’s leading online platform for fashion and lifestyle with 14,000 employees on its way to achieve more than 10 billion euros ($12.1 billion) in gross merchandise volume in 2020. Gentz and Schneider will continue to lead Zalando as co-CEOs after Ritter’s departure.
Neiman Marcus Group
Neiman Marcus Holding Company Inc. announced the appointment of Paul Brown to serve as non-executive chair of its board of directors.
Brown currently serves as CEO of Inspire Brands. His numerous leadership roles span 20 years at Inspire, Hilton, Expedia, McKinsey and Company, and Boston Consulting Group.
In 2018, Brown co-founded Inspire Brands, a multibrand restaurant company currently generating more than $14 billion in annual sales with a portfolio that includes more than 11,000 Arby’s, Buffalo Wild Wings, Sonic Drive-In, Rusty Taco and Jimmy John’s locations worldwide.
He is currently a member of the board of H&R Block, Inc. and Focus Brands Inc. Brown is the seventh member of the company’s recently constituted diverse and majority female board.
Stitch Fix Inc., the personal styling service, announced that Dan Jedda joined the company as chief financial officer (CFO), reporting to CEO Katrina Lake.
Jedda joined the company from Amazon, where he was vice president and CFO for Digital Video, Digital Music, and the Advertising and Corporate Development organizations.
At Stitch Fix, Jedda will lead the finance team, as well as being deeply involved in expanding the growth opportunities ahead for the business, partnering closely with the rest of the leadership team as Stitch Fix evolves its model to serve more customer needs.
Dollar Tree Inc. announced that Winnie Park was appointed as a new independent director to the company’s board of directors.
In addition, two long-time independent directors, Thomas A. Saunders III and Carl P. Zeithaml, have announced their intention to retire at the 2021 annual meeting of shareholders.
Park is CEO of Paper Source Inc., an omnichannel specialty retailer, a position she has held since September 2015. She also serves on the board of Express Inc.
Saunders joined the board in 1993 when his private equity firm acquired 50 percent of the company’s stock. Zeithaml, dean emeritus of the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia, joined the board in 2007 and most recently served on Dollar Tree’s Compensation Committee.
Dollar Tree operated 15,606 stores across 48 states and five Canadian provinces as of Oct. 31 under the brands of Dollar Tree, Family Dollar and Dollar Tree Canada.
Academy Sports and Outdoors
Academy Sports and Outdoors Inc. appointed Wendy A. Beck to its board of directors.
Beck joins Allen I. Questrom and Jeffrey C. Tweedy, who were appointed to Academy’s board on Oct. 1 in connection with Academy’s initial public offering, as recent independent director additions. With the additions of Beck, Questrom and Tweedy, Academy’s board comprises nine directors.
Beck, a certified public accountant, most recently served as executive vice president (EVP) and chief financial officer (CFO) for Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings. Prior to that, she served as EVP and CFO of Domino’s Pizza Inc.
Questrom has achieved more than 45 years of board and senior executive management experience in the retail industry. He served on the board of At Home Group Inc. from March 2012 to June 2020, Tailored Brands Inc. from August 2013 to June 2017, Sotheby’s from December 2004 to June 2014, Foot Locker Inc. from February 2011 to May 2013, and Walmart Inc. from June 2007 to June 2009. Questrom was the chairman and CEO of J.C. Penney Company Inc., Barneys New York president and CEO, chairman and CEO of Federated Department Stores Inc. and chairman and CEO of Neiman Marcus Inc.
Tweedy brings over 25 years of executive management experience developed in the fashion and retail industries. He has served as the CEO of Sean John Clothing since November 2007.
Academy is a leading full-line sporting goods and outdoor recreation retailer in the United States, with 259 stores across 16 states.
The International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) announced that its board of trustees elected John R. Morrison to serve as the organization’s chairman and Glenn Rufrano as vice chairman for the 2021 term.
Morrison succeeds Daniel B. Hurwitz, founder and CEO of Raider Hill Advisors, as ICSC’s 61st chairman.
Morrison is the past vice chairman and former president and CEO of Choice Properties Real Estate Investment Trust. Prior to that, he served as president and CEO of Primaris Real Estate Investment Trust, and president of real estate management at Oxford Properties Group. An active member of ICSC for 39 years, he served as vice chairman on the executive board and is a director of the ICSC Foundation and chairman of the ICSC Foundation Canada.
Rufrano currently serves as the CEO of VEREIT. Prior to that, he served as the chairman and CEO of O’Connor Capital Partners.
Steve Madden named Zine Mazouzi, currently chief accounting officer and senior vice president of finance and operations, to succeed Arvind Dharia as chief financial officer (CFO), effective Jan. 1. To ensure a smooth transition, Dharia will serve in an advisory capacity through 2021.
Prior to joining Steve Madden, Mazouzi served in various leadership roles at Sears Holdings Corp., including head of Sears & Kmart footwear, home and fine jewelry, and CFO.
Dharia has served as Steve Madden’s CFO since October 1992. He has been instrumental in building the company’s finance organization, as well as a key member of the executive leadership team.
Steve Madden designs, sources and markets fashion-forward footwear, accessories and apparel for women, men and children. In addition to marketing products under its own brands including Steve Madden, Dolce Vita, Betsey Johnson, Blondo, Report, Cejon, Greats, BB Dakota, Mad Love and Big Buddha, Steve Madden is a licensee of various brands, including Anne Klein, Superga and DKNY.
Tapestry Inc. announced that Pam Lifford and Tom Greco were appointed to its board of directors. The appointments of Lifford and Greco to the board bring the membership to 10, including nine independent directors.
Lifford serves as president, Warner Bros./WarnerMedia Studios and Networks Group’s Global Brands and Experiences, overseeing the development of innovative fan-engagement opportunities across WarnerMedia’s content and networks businesses, which include Warner Bros., HBO and Cartoon Network properties, consumer products and themed entertainment. In addition, she heads storytelling giant DC, home to iconic characters such as Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman.
Greco has held his current role as president, CEO and a member of the board Advance Auto Parts since August 2016. Tapestry is a New York-based company with a brand portfolio that includes Coach, Kate Spade and Stuart Weitzman.
Hanes Brands announced that financial executive Cheryl K. Beebe was named to the company’s board of directors.
With the appointment of Beebe, whose term runs until the 2021 annual meeting of stockholders, the Hanes Brands board has nine members. Beebe will serve on the board’s audit committee.
Beebe’s prior leadership experience includes a decade as executive vice president and chief financial officer of Ingredion, a global ingredients solutions provider, where she was responsible for all aspects of the company’s financial operations. She is a current member of the board of Packaging Corporation of America and The Mosaic Company (MOS). She also serves as a member and chair of the Board of Trustees for Goldman Sachs Asset Management GSTII funds and a member of the Board of Trustees of Fairleigh Dickinson University.
Levi Strauss & Co. announced that its board of directors appointed Elliott Rodgers as a member of the board.
Rodgers currently serves as chief information officer of Ulta Beauty Inc. and has more than a decade of experience in the retail industry. He became chief information officer of Ulta Beauty in September after having held several supply chain roles since joining the company in November 2013, most recently serving as chief supply chain officer.
UPS appointed Darrell Ford as chief human resources officer, the same position he currently holds at DuPont.
Charlene Thomas, UPS’s current chief human resources officer, will assume the role of chief diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) officer, a new position on the company’s executive leadership team. Both appointments are effective Jan. 1.
Ford will be responsible for developing and executing UPS’s global human resources strategy to support the company’s business plan and strategic direction. In addition to advancing UPS’s culture, his areas of focus will include succession planning, talent acquisition and management, training and development, performance management and compensation.
Thomas’ new role signals a significant step forward for UPS as the company strives to build a more inclusive and equitable operating environment. Her responsibilities will include furthering UPS’s programs and initiatives that infuse DEI into all aspects of the company, and tracking and communicating progress toward DEI goals. Charlene’s engagement will also extend to UPS suppliers, customers and other external partners to encourage the adoption of more proactive DEI efforts.
Onfleet, a provider of last mile delivery software, announced its first non-founder C-suite hire in Scott Cross, who joins the team as chief financial officer.
In his new role, Cross will be responsible for building a strong financial foundation to enable the business to scale efficiently and effectively. He will also help identify and support investment opportunities that align with Onfleet’s strategy.
Cross has nearly 30 years of financial services experience and began his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers. He has hands-on IPO experience and has also managed numerous capital raises and acquisitions.
American Software Inc. announced the addition of Keith Charron as chief operating officer to accelerate new account acquisition, customer success and sustainable growth.
Prior to joining American Software, Charron served as chief sales officer at Syncron providing leadership and strategic direction for their global commercial organization. Prior to that, he led worldwide sales and operations for Enovia/3DExprience, part of Dassault Systèmes.
Atlanta-based American Software, through its operating entities, delivers an innovative technical platform with AI-powered capabilities for supply chain management and advanced retail planning that is accelerating digital supply chain optimization from product concept to customer availability.