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Shuffle Board: New Design Head at Calvin Klein, Lululemon Names First Female CFO, Tommy Hilfiger Appoints President

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Calvin Klein

Calvin Klein Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of PVH Corp., appointed Jessica Lomax as executive vice president and global head of design, effective Dec. 9.

Lomax brings extensive design experience with proven expertise combining vision, consumer insights and innovation. She will join the company from Nike, where she currently serves as senior creative director for women’s sportswear apparel. She has led collaborations, including Nike x Sacai, as well as numerous sustainability projects for the brand. Prior to Nike, Lomax worked with Hussein Chalayan for Puma and consulted for a number of sports and fashion brands.

Lomax will lead Calvin Klein’s global design strategy and provide creative direction across all areas of the business, including licensees. She will be responsible for defining and strengthening all product categories for the lifestyle brand, with a focus on essential hero product, in addition to driving collaborations and sustainable innovation.

Lomax’s appointment follows two recent hires to the Calvin Klein global leadership team–Jacob Jordan as global chief merchant and product strategist, and Linh Peters, global chief marketing officer. Jordan joined the company in a consulting capacity in May and was appointed to his current role in October. His previous experience is across fashion and tech, having held positions most recently at Apple and Louis Vuitton. Peters, who joined in November from Starbucks, is responsible for all aspects of Calvin Klein’s consumer marketing organization, with a focus on driving brand relevance and consumer engagement. Together, these three key hires will continue to evolve the brand direction to instill globally consistent and compelling product, marketing and consumer experiences.

Levi Strauss

Levi Strauss & Co. named Elizabeth A. Morrison as the new chief diversity, inclusion and belonging officer, following an extensive search for the right candidate to champion its efforts to create a more diverse and equitable company and culture.

With more than 20 years of experience creating work cultures that value diverse perspectives and empower employees to be their authentic selves, Morrison will be responsible for ensuring that the company has the right practices in place to attract and retain a diverse and inclusive workforce.

She spent the last three years as vice president of diversity and belonging at Live Nation Entertainment, where her strategic focus on communications and analytics helped drive a highly creative approach to establishing diversity and belonging as a core culture driver. Prior to that, Morrison led global diversity and inclusion for Campbell Soup Company, and spent eight years at Comcast driving employee engagement and culture.

Tommy Hilfiger

Tommy Hilfiger, which is owned by PVH Corp, appointed Avery Baker as president and chief brand officer.

In the newly established role, Baker has global responsibility for the brand’s products, marketing and experiences across all categories, regions and channels.

Since joining Tommy Hilfiger in 1998, Baker has held multiple roles across the company’s global offices, including chief marketing officer and chief brand officer. In mid-2019, Baker stepped away from her role to spend time focused on family, and she now returns to the organization to contribute in writing the next chapter for the company.

Retail

Qurate Retail

Qurate Retail Inc. announced that president and CEO Mike George extended his employment agreement through the end of 2021 and will be retiring from the company at that time. The early announcement allows ample time for transition planning and an executive search process.

Qurate Retail operates and owns interests in a broad range of digital commerce businesses, including QVC and its subsidiaries, including HSN, Zulily and the Cornerstone Brands.

Lululemon

Lululemon Athletica Inc. promoted Meghan Frank to chief financial officer (CFO).

Frank joined lululemon in 2016, and, effective Nov. 23, will become the company’s first female CFO. She joined Lululemon in 2016 as senior vice president of financial planning and analysis and, since April, has served as interim co-CFO, along with Alex Grieve, vice president and controller for the company.

Previously, Frank held senior roles at Ross Stores and J.Crew, where she served for nearly a decade. As CFO, Frank will assume responsibility for the finance, tax, treasury, investor relations, asset protection, facilities, operations excellence and strategy functions.

Separately, Lululemon announced the appointment of Kourtney Gibson to serve on its board of directors. Gibson is president of Loop Capital Markets, one of the largest privately held investment banking, brokerage, and advisory firms headquartered in the United States.

She is on the boards of MarketAxess Holdings Inc. a global financial technology company, as well as the University of Miami, Viterbo University and various non-profits.

Patagonia

Patagonia hired Beth Thoren as environmental action and initiatives director, EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa). In this role, Thoren will help Patagonia to address the most pressing issues, including the commitment to reach carbon neutrality by 2025 across the business and supply chain, and supporting over 1,000 grassroots environmental NGOs around the world.

She joins Patagonia from her position as deputy CEO at Client Earth, an environmental NGO that uses the power of the law to create systemic change. At Client Earth, Thoren oversaw the transformation from being a U.K. organization to a global one.

Thoren will be moving to the Netherlands to join the leadership team at Patagonia’s European headquarters in Amsterdam.

Textiles

Malouf

Malouf hired Matthew Croshaw to lead strategies for organization effectiveness inclusive of organization design, talent and leader development, and change and continuous transformation for its growing network of companies.

Since 2004, Croshaw has worked for Parker Hannifin (PH), a motion and control technologies company headquartered in Cleveland.

Having recently surpassed 700 employees in its central business, the executive team at Malouf recognized the need for a focus on organizational effectiveness.

Malouf companies span five states and multiple industries. Headquartered in the largely rural Cache Valley of northern Utah, the firm employs more than 1,200 people and operating in three corporate offices and six distribution centers. Notable companies in the Malouf family include sleep and home furnishings innovators Malouf Home and Maven; Utah retail company Downeast, which includes home and apparel divisions; technology and app pioneer Impact Collective, and venture-focused family office Tamarak Capital.

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