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Shuffle Board: Alexander McQueen CEO Leaves for Versace; ILO Elects Director-General


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Kering appointed Gianfilippo Testa as CEO of Alexander McQueen, effective May 1.

Testa will report to Kering CEO François-Henri Pinault and succeeds Emmanuel Gintzburger.

Testa started his career at Tag Heuer in 2002 and went on to hold a range of roles at LVMH, specifically at Fendi in Italy, Japan and Hong Kong. He joined Kering in 2016 as Gucci president for Greater China and since 2019, he has been president of EMEA and vice president of global retail at Gucci.

As CEO of Alexander McQueen, Testa’s mission will aim to accelerate the expansion of the British luxury brand to tap its full potential.

Alexander McQueen, Versace, Masburn and Pangaia got new CEOs, while The International Labor Organization elected a new director-general.
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Capri Holdings Limited appointed Emmanuel Gintzburger as CEO of Versace, effective Sept. 12.

Gintzburger will report to John D. Idol, chairman and CEO of Capri Holdings. Gintzburger joins Versace from Alexander McQueen, where he served as CEO since May 2016. Prior to joining Alexander McQueen, he was worldwide retail and wholesale director for Saint Laurent from 2011 to 2016.


PVH Corp. announced that Michael Calbert, chairman of the board of Dollar General Corporation, will join its board, effective May 2.

The company also announced that Henry Nasella, its non-executive chair, will not stand for re-election at its June 16 annual meeting of stockholders. Both changes are part of the board’s previously disclosed refreshment process.

Nasella has served on the board for 19 years, including as presiding director since 2007 and chair since 2021 when it first became an independent, non-executive role. Nasella had been nominated to serve for his last three terms by virtue of a waiver of the board’s mandatory retirement age, as permitted under its corporate governance guidelines. Calbert is expected to succeed Nasella as chair if he is re-elected at the annual meeting.


Figs Inc., a direct-to-consumer healthcare apparel and lifestyle brand, announced that Jami Pinto joined the company as its chief global product and sustainability officer.

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Pinto will lead the continued build out of Figs’ product portfolio, drive the company’s global supply chain strategy to ensure that it has a diversified network of best-in-class manufacturing partners, digitize production and operational processes, and lead the company’s sustainability efforts.

She comes to Figs after serving for nine years at Under Armour in a number of executive roles, including most recently as senior vice president for global product supply.


Merrell, an outdoor performance and lifestyle brand, appointed Sumi Scott as chief merchant officer.

Scott will help spearhead the evolution of Merrell’s global growth strategies, while establishing the brand’s roadmap to future category growth. She will also be responsible for overseeing the transformation of Merrell’s apparel and accessories business, while leading merchandising for the brand’s direct-to-consumer operations, reporting to Merrell’s global brand president, Chris Hufnagel.

Prior to joining Merrell, Scott spent nearly 20 years in product and merchandising leadership roles with other prominent outdoor and lifestyle brands such as The North Face and Canada Goose.


Alexander McQueen, Versace, Masburn and Pangaia got new CEOs, while The International Labor Organization elected a new director-general.
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Mashburn LLC, an Atlanta-based apparel and lifestyle company with the Sid Mashburn and Ann Mashburn brands, appointed Jean Cho as CEO.

Cho, who was senior vice president with the company, has led Mashburn’s e-commerce, retail and marketing operations since she joined the company in October 2014. Rob Perkins, Mashburn’s outgoing CEO, will take on a new role to include advising the company’s board of directors and executive committee on strategic issues. Sid and Ann Mashburn, the company’s co-founders, will continue to serve as executive chairman and chief creative officer, respectively, and both will continue their roles on the board.

After spending their career in fashion–Sid as a designer for J.Crew, Ralph Lauren and Lands’ End and Ann as a fashion editor for Conde Nast–the couple and their five daughters moved to Atlanta in 2007 and opened a single men’s shop, Sid Mashburn, on the West Side of Atlanta. In 2010, they expanded the business with Ann Mashburn, a full women’s line and shop, followed by the launch of e-commerce sites in 2011 to serve the brand’s expanding customer base. Since then, the couple have opened shops in Houston; Washington, D.C.’s Georgetown neighborhood, and Dallas, with a men’s-only shop in Los Angeles.

Oxford Inc.

Oxford Industries, Inc. announced that Scott Grassmyer, the company’s executive vice president and chief financial officer, has been promoted to the additional role of chief operating officer. Grassmyer is a certified public accountant with more than 30 years of financial experience in both the public accounting and industry sectors. He began his career with Ernst & Young, LLC and subsequently joined Duck Head Apparel Company, Inc., a publicly traded apparel wholesaler and retailer, in 1990. Prior to joining the company as controller in 2002, Grassmyer was Duck Head’s senior vice president and chief financial officer.


FitFlop, a wellness footwear company, appointed David Schuttenkopf as chief commercial officer, effective in May.

Schuttenkopf is tasked with driving FitFlop’s omnichannel strategy, leading all consumer touch points–digital, wholesale and distributor channels, as well as the rollout of future stores globally. In his most recent role as senior director of sales at Deckers Brands, he was responsible for the commercial activities of the UGG brand.

Serta Simmons Bedding

Serta Simmons Bedding announced that John Linker will join the company April 4 as chief financial officer (CFO) and that Shoukat Ali Bhamani has joined as chief technology officer.

Linker will oversee the finance organization, inclusive of accounting, operations and commercial finance, financial planning and analysis, internal audit, tax and treasury, as well as the procurement and strategy functions. Bhamani is responsible for all aspects of technology implementation and innovation, including internal technology systems as well as direct-to-consumer platforms.

Linker most recently was executive vice president and CFO at JELD-WEN Holding, a door and window manufacturer.

Bhamani comes to Serta Simmons from Schaeffler Group, a manufacturer and distributor of automotive, industrial and aerospace products, where he was most recently chief information and digital officer.

Linker and Bhamani will report to Shelley Huff, CEO of Serta Simmons, one of the largest manufacturers, marketers and suppliers of mattresses in North America. Based in Atlanta, the company owns and manages Serta and Beautyrest, which are distributed through national, hospitality and regional and independent retail channels, as well as direct-to-consumer platforms throughout the United States and Canada. The company also owns the Simmons and Tuft & Needle mattress brands.


Pangaia appointed Krishna Nikhil as its first group CEO, effective April 1.

In this newly created role, Nikhil will be responsible for shaping the direction and accelerating the growth of the brand. He joins Pangaia from Ssense, where he was chief merchandising and marketing officer for the online fashion luxury platform.

Pangaia is a materials science company consisting of a global collective of scientists, technologists and designers creating essential products from innovative tech and bio-engineered materials.


Foot Locker

Foot Locker Inc., the New York-based specialty athletic retailer, appointed Samantha Lomow as president of global brands.

Lomow joins Foot Locker from Hasbro Inc., where she served as president of branded entertainment.  She will report directly to Frank Bracken, executive vice president and chief operating officer, and will oversee Foot Locker’s global brand portfolio and operating divisions across North America, EMEA and APAC.

Foot Locker’s portfolio of brands includes Foot Locker, Kids Foot Locker, Champs Sports, Eastbay, Atmos, WSS, Footaction and Sidestep, with approximately 2,900  stores in 28 countries across North America, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand.


Express, Inc. appointed Jason Judd as its senior vice president and chief financial officer, effective April 4 and reporting directly to CEO Tim Baxter.

Judd previously was SVP, corporate finance and treasurer for Big Lots since October 2019 with responsibility for FP&A, Treasury, Risk Management, and Investor Relations. Previously, he was CFO of Justice at Ascena Retail Group and held leadership roles at L Brands. He has been a member of the Park National Bank board and Park National Corporation board since January 2019.


Etsy Inc., which operates two-sided online marketplaces that connect millions of buyers and sellers around the world, announced that Raina Moskowitz, who has been with Etsy since 2018, will take on an expanded role as chief operating officer.

In addition, the company is expanding its executive team with the addition of Kim Seymour as chief human resources officer, effective on or about April 26. Moskowitz and Seymour are both based at Etsy’s Brooklyn, N.Y., headquarters, reporting to CEO Josh Silverman.

In Moskowitz’s expanded role, she will further define Etsy’s strategic direction and oversee global marketplace services. She will now lead two critical, revenue-driving functions–payments and fulfillment–and continue to oversee Etsy’s member services, trust and safety, strategy and operations, and impact teams. Previously, she was chief operations, strategy and people officer.

Seymour was most recently chief people officer of WW International. In this newly created position, she will build upon Etsy’s high-performing, equitable and inclusive culture, align global talent to growth opportunities, and continue to shape how Etsy approaches the future of work. Etsy’s human resources and workplace teams will report to her.

Etsy’s “House of Brands” portfolio also includes fashion resale marketplace Depop, musical instrument marketplace Reverb and Brazil-based handmade goods marketplace Elo7. Each Etsy. marketplace operates independently, while benefiting from shared expertise in product, marketing, technology, and customer support.



Alexander McQueen, Versace, Masburn and Pangaia got new CEOs, while The International Labor Organization elected a new director-general.
Monique Buch

Lenzing Group appointed Monique Buch as the new vice president of its global nonwovens business.

In her new role, Buch will spearhead the strategic development and growth of Lenzing’s nonwovens business, while delivering value to its current customer base and growing into new segments through the development of sustainable and innovative fiber solutions. She will also be responsible for driving the implementation of a variety of strategic priorities to foster the development of the Veocel brand and delivering its brand promise for customers and partners across the value chain.

Buch succeeds Jürgen Eizinger will take on the role of senior commercial director, EU/AM/MEA, overseeing the delivery of customer excellence and driving commercial success in the key markets of the nonwovens business. He will also focus on strengthening partnerships within the industry to advance the sustainability agenda.

Eizenger succeeds Heinrich Jakob, who announced his retirement after 27 years with Lenzing, effective October.

Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute

The Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute announced that three new members were appointed to its Stakeholder Advisory Council, joining the multi-stakeholder group advising the Institute on strategic direction, program implementation and global positioning.

The new members are Heather Barker, global vice president at British multinational consumer goods company Reckitt; Kari Herlevi, project director, circular economy for biodiversity, at Finnish innovation fund Sitra, and Jeannie Renne-Malone, vice president of global sustainability at VF Corp.

Apparel Impact Institute

Alexander McQueen, Versace, Masburn and Pangaia got new CEOs, while The International Labor Organization elected a new director-general.
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Apparel Impact Institute (Aii), an organization for driving scalable solutions for the apparel and footwear industry, welcomed Sarah Hardin-White as its new director of external relations.

In this key leadership position, she will guide communications and fundraising initiatives, including the $250 million Fashion Climate Fund, while fostering relationships with existing and new strategic partners in the ecosystem.

Hardin-White most recently was an LGT venture philanthropy fellow, living and working in Nairobi, Kenya, for an organization focused on wildlife conservation, local livelihood improvement and climate mitigation.

Aii identifies, funds, scales and measures proven quality solutions to accelerate positive impact in the fashion industry.



The International Labor Organization’s (ILO) next director-general will be Gilbert F. Houngbo from Togo.

Houngbo is currently president of the International Fund for Agricultural Development. He was elected by the ILO’s governing body, comprising representatives of governments, workers and employers, during their meeting in Geneva. He will be the 11th director-general of the ILO, and the first African to hold the post.

His five-year term will begin on Oct. 1, succeeding Guy Ryder from the U.K., who has held the office since 2012.