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Shuffle Board: CEO Named at BJ’s, New EVPs for Kontoor and VF, NCTO Chief Tapped for US-China Commission


Kontoor Brands

Kontoor Brands Inc., led by the Wrangler and Lee nameplates, appointed Karen Smith as executive vice president of supply chain, effective May 1.

Smith will have responsibility for all aspects of supply chain management, including global operations, planning, global manufacturing and sourcing, responsible sourcing, product quality and stewardship, customer service, distribution and logistics and master data governance. She will also have responsibility for all components of the company’s supply chain strategy, including trade-related functions and operations.

Smith also serves as the North America Inclusion & Diversity Council chair. As a member of the company’s executive leadership team, she will report to Kontoor’s president and CEO, Scott Baxter.

Smith currently serves as vice president of global supply chain operations, a role she assumed after Kontoor’s 2019 spin-off from VF Corp.

Smith succeeds Randy Fortenberry, who has announced his intent to retire at the end of April after more than 30 years of serving VF and Kontoor’s supply chain organizations.

VF Corp.

VF Corp. appointed Matt Puckett to the position of executive vice president and chief financial officer (CFO).

Puckett will report to VF’s CEO, Steve Rendle, and serve on the company’s executive leadership team. He joined the company in 2001 as a senior accountant in the finance organization. In the following years, Puckett held a series of finance roles with increasing responsibility, including being appointed in 2009 as CFO of VF’s Sportswear Coalition, which comprised the Nautica and Kipling brands.

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Immediately following VF’s 2011 acquisition of the Timberland brand, Puckett was appointed CFO of Timberland and was integral in helping to guide the brand’s integration into VF. In 2015, he was named CFO of VF International, a role that took him to VF’s European headquarters in Stabio, Switzerland, where he was responsible for all aspects of financial management for VF’s business across the EMEA and Asia Pacific regions.

Puckett returned to the U.S. in 2019 and has been serving as VF’s vice president of global financial planning and analysis. He succeeds Scott Roe, who announced his retirement from VF to pursue other opportunities. Roe will remain with VF through the end of May to close out the company’s fiscal year 2021. Puckett will assume the CFO position upon Roe’s departure.

VF Corp. is one of the world’s largest apparel, footwear and accessories companies with a cadre of outdoor, active and workwear brands that include Vans, The North Face, Timberland and Dickies.


Vans announced that Kristin Harrer joined the company as global chief marketing officer (CMO).

As CMO, Harrer will lead the company’s global marketing and creative teams as Vans continues its brand purpose of empowering creative self-expression across action sports, art, music and street culture.

Harrer will report directly to Doug Palladini, Vans global brand president, and will be responsible for setting vision, strategy and driving global planning, creative development and execution for marketing across retail, brand and digital.

Harrer joins Vans from Dollar Shave Club, where she served as CMO.

A VF Corp. brand, Vans is sold in 97 countries through a network of subsidiaries, distributors and international offices. Vans has more than 2,000 retail locations globally including owned, concession and partnership doors.


BJ’s Wholesale Club

BJ’s Wholesale Club Holdings Inc. announced that the company’s board of directors appointed Bob Eddy as president and CEO.

He will assume day-to-day leadership of the company and will also join BJ’s board. Laura Felice, currently senior vice president and controller, was appointed executive vice president (EVP) and chief financial officer and replaces Eddy in this role.

The company also announced additional appointments to further strengthen its management team and accelerate its growth. Paul Cichocki, currently EVP of membership, analytics and business transformation, was named EVP and chief commercial officer and will oversee merchandising, membership, marketing and analytics.

Bill Werner, currently senior vice president of strategic planning and investor relations, was appointed EVP of strategy and development and will lead the company’s market expansion and key strategic initiatives to create value for members and for shareholders.

Eddy joined the company in 2007 and was named Interim CEO this month following the passing of Lee Delaney.

Headquartered in Westborough, Mass., BJ’s Wholesale Club operates 221 clubs and 151 BJ’s Gas locations in 17 states.

Boot Barn

Boot Barn Holdings Inc. announced that Chris Bruzzo, executive vice president of marketing, commercial and positive play of Electronic Arts, was appointed to its board of directors. With his appointment, the board now consists of nine directors.

Bruzzo has more than 15 years of experience working for global consumer brands. He previously served as the senior vice president of channel brand management for Starbucks Corp. Bruzzo currently serves on the board of Clif Bar & Co.

Boot Barn operates 273 stores in 36 states, in addition to an e-commerce channel at The company also operates, a pure play online western and work retailer and


U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) appointed Kim Glas, president and CEO of the National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO), to serve a two-year term on the United States-China Economic and Security Review Commission. Glas will continue to serve in her roles at NCTO.

The U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission is a bipartisan commission created by Congress in October 2000. It has a legislative mandate to monitor, investigate and submit to Congress an annual report on the national security implications of the bilateral trade and economic relationship between the U.S. and the People’s Republic of China, and to provide recommendations, where appropriate, for legislative and administrative action. The commission holds hearings throughout the year and writes an annual report.


Embark Trucks

Embark Trucks Inc., a developer of self-driving trucks, announced an expansion of its senior leadership team to fuel the company’s rapid growth.

Former Citigroup managing director Richard Hawwa was tapped to serve as chief financial officer, and former Orrick partner and GE executive Siddhartha “Sid” Venkatesan will join as chief legal officer. Both roles are new to the company.

Earlier this month, Embark unveiled its go-to-market strategy with the launch of the Embark Partner Development Program, an approach that works with the existing freight ecosystem to integrate and scale self-driving trucks within carrier networks. In March, Embark announced the launch of the Embark Universal Interface, an innovation designed to integrate Embark’s self-driving platform with trucks from any of the major U.S. truck original equipment manufacturers.



SGS, an inspection, verification, testing and certification company, appointed Yvonne Tse as vice president of the Global Softlines division.

Tse joined SGS in 2011 as deputy director of Global Softlines and in 2017 was promoted to international business head.

SGS offers a wide range of services to the softlines and accessories industry, at every stage of the value chain, with services to help them meet the requirements of regulators, distributors, retailers and consumers around the world. Its softlines and accessories solutions cover textiles and clothing, footwear, bags and accessories, jewelry, and linens and towels.

With more than 89,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 2,600 offices and laboratories around the world.