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Shuffle Board: New CEOs at Bluemercury and Schoeller, C-Suite Moves at A&F, Nordstrom and GXO Logistics

Retail

Bluemercury

Macy’s Inc. named Maly Bernstein CEO of Bluemercury, effective Sept. 13.

In this role, Bernstein will oversee the growth and strategy of all aspects of the Bluemercury brand, from its digital platform to stores. She will report to Tony Spring, chairman and CEO of Bloomingdale’s and will be based out of Bluemercury’s Bethesda, Md., headquarters.

Maly Bernstein was name CEO of Bluemercury, Joachim Kath became CEO at Schoeller and A&F named Samir Desai chief digital and tech officer.
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Bernstein was most recently vice president of e-commerce at CVS Health. Prior to CVS, Bernstein worked in the retail and consumer practice at McKinsey & Co.

Bernstein succeeds Bluemercury co-founder Marla Beck, who recently transitioned from the CEO role to pursue other opportunities. Since joining Macy’s in 2015, Beck grew the number of Bluemercury stores from 60 to more than 180, including locations within Macy’s stores.

Abercrombie & Fitch

Abercrombie & Fitch Co. appointed Samir Desai as its chief digital and technology officer.

In this newly created role, Desai will be responsible for leading the company’s ongoing digital transformation strategy, including developing strategic initiatives through data and analytics, optimizing customer and user experience, and further evolving the company’s portfolio of brands into digital experiences. In his new position, Desai will be a member of Abercrombie & Fitch Co.’s executive steering committee and will report directly to CEO Fran Horowitz.

He joins Abercrombie & Fitch Co. from Equinox, a luxury fitness company that operates several lifestyle brands. At Equinox, Mr. Desai most recently served as chief technology officer.

Abercrombie & Fitch Co. is a global specialty retailer of apparel and accessories for men, women and kids through five brands–Abercrombie & Fitch, Abercrombie Kids, Hollister, Gilly Hicks and Social Tourist.

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Nordstrom

Nordstrom announced Farrell Redwine as its new chief human resources officer. Redwine will join the executive team and report to Nordstrom CEO Erik Nordstrom.

In this role, Farrell and her team will support more than 55,000 employees at Nordstrom in stores, fulfillment and distribution and corporate centers. She will oversee all aspects of human resources, including recruitment and succession planning, learning and development, recognition and retention, diversity and total rewards.

Farrell joined Nordstrom in 2016 and has held various leadership roles throughout her tenure, most recently overseeing centers of excellence for the entire employee lifecycle.

With the addition of Redwine to the executive team, five of the company’s 13 executive team members are women.

Brands

Puma

Puma appointed Richard Teyssier as general manager Europe, effective Sept. 1.

In this role, Teyssier succeeds Arne Freundt, who was appointed as Puma’s chief commercial officer in June. He will oversee Central Europe, France, U.K. and Ireland, Southern Europe, Nordics and Retail Europe.

Teyssier will report into Freundt and will be based at the company’s headquarters in Herzogenaurach, Germany. Prior to this role, he had been general manager for Puma France since 2010 before joining from Mars Company.

Christophe Cance will succeed Teyssier as area general manager for Puma France. He has held different sales functions since he joined Puma in 2008. Prior to this, he worked at Adidas and New Balance. Cance will be based in Strasbourg, France, and report into Teyssier.

Kontoor Brands

Kontoor Brands Inc., parent of Wrangler and Lee, appointed Mame Annan-Brown as executive vice president of global communications and public affairs, effective Aug. 11.

Annan-Brown will have responsibility for all aspects of global corporate communications–developing, leading and executing a cohesive internal and external communications strategy. This includes oversight of message development, media relations, owned and digital content creation, as well as employee relations and engagement.

She also will have responsibility for leading government affairs strategies to achieve positive outcomes, developing Kontoor’s position on key legislative and regulatory issues. In addition, she will serve as a representative and advocate for Kontoor’s interest among government agencies and other select associations. As a member of the company’s executive leadership team, Annan-Brown will report to Kontoor’s president and CEO, Scott Baxter.

Annan-Brown joins Kontoor from the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, where she served as head of external relations since 2018.

Textiles

Schoeller Textil

Schoeller Textil AG, a Swiss textile and technology company, revealed a shift in leadership as Joachim Kath takes over as CEO.

Following a 10-year career at the global textile solutions brand known for its innovative technical fabrics and smart textile finishing technologies, CEO Siegfried Winkelbeiner is moving into retirement later this month. Kath, who comes from the chemical industry, has been working closely with Winkelbeiner as chief operating officer at Schoeller for the past year and a half.

Founded more than 150 years ago, Schoeller Textil is headquartered in Sevelen, Switzerland and specializes in the development and manufacturing of functional fabrics and textile technologies for athletic, outdoor, fashion and workwear categories.

International Cotton Advisory Committee

International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC) executive director Kai Hughes announced the hiring of the ICAC’s first head of textiles and innovation, Kanwar Usman.

Formerly director general of the Textile Division in Pakistan’s Ministry of Commerce, Usman is scheduled to officially begin his employment with the ICAC on Aug. 15.

His hiring is one of several significant personnel changes recently made at the ICAC, including a title change for Dr. Keshav Kranthi. Formerly the head of technical information, Kranthi is now chief scientist of the ICAC, a move that reflects his increasing activity in field research especially in Africa and India. Parkhi Vats, formerly a research assistant, is now the ICAC’s commodity trade analyst with an increased focus on trade throughout the supply chain, including government support to industry.

Neenah

Neenah Inc., a manufacturer of specialty materials focused on filtration media, specialty coatings, engineered materials, imaging and packaging, appointed Shruti Singhal to its board of directors.

Singhal will serve as a member of the Audit Committee. Following this appointment, the board will compromise eight directors.

Singhal is CEO of Chroma Color Corporation, a formulator, and specialty color and additive concentrates supplier.

With manufacturing facilities across North America, Europe, and Asia, and headquarters in Alpharetta, Ga., Neenah’s materials are in various products, such as digital printing for high-end apparel, transportation and water filters, premium packaging of spirits, technology and beauty products, industrial labels, tapes and abrasives.

Logistics

XPO Logistics

XPO Logistics Inc., a global provider of transportation and logistics solutions, announced that Karlis Kirsis was appointed chief legal officer for GXO Logistics Inc., the intended spin-off of XPO’s logistics business.

Kirsis currently serves as senior vice president, European chief legal officer for XPO Logistics Europe. He will be responsible for GXO’s legal and compliance functions, including corporate governance, litigation and commercial matters.

XPO expects to spin off its logistics business as a separate, publicly traded company on Aug. 2. As the largest pure-play contract logistics provider in the world, GXO will be well-positioned to capitalize on the big three secular tailwinds of e-commerce growth, customer demand for logistics automation and the burgeoning trend toward supply chain outsourcing. The business currently includes approximately 885 logistics locations in 27 countries.