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Shuffle Board: CEO Changes at Burberry, Everstream, New AWI Chairman, Hoka Hires Senior Directors



Burberry announced that Marco Gobbetti notified the board of his intention to step down as CEO and leave the company at the end of 2021.

Marco, who has led the transformation of Burberry’s brand and business, will be stepping down after nearly five years to take up the same title at Salvatore Ferragamo, which will enable him to return to Italy and be closer to his family.

The Burberry board will now begin the search for a successor.

Hoka One One

Hoka One One, a division of Deckers Brands, announced the hiring of two key leadership positions on the product team.

Evie Moe was hired as the brand’s first senior director of apparel. Moe most recently served as vice president of design at Cotopaxi, where she led the team designing sustainably minded apparel and packs. Prior to Cotopaxi, she held a variety of roles at New Balance, including leading the global design team for men’s and women’s performance and lifestyle apparel categories.

Moe takes the helm of the fast-growing Hoka apparel division, which launched in March 2020 and has produced premium performance athletic and lifestyle wear to support athletes from race to recovery.

Matt Rask was hired as senior director of footwear design, He has served as senior creative director for the running and outdoor divisions at Under Armour, lead designer at Smith Optics and senior designer at Nike. Rask was also the owner and principal of Jackelope Studios, where he developed creative and design solutions for Patagonia, Black Diamond, Nike, Oakley, Keen and Anon.

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Superior Group of Companies

Superior Group of Companies Inc. announced two promotions among its executive team.

Philip Koosed, who is the founder of BAMKO and has served as its president, is promoted to chief strategy officer of Superior Group of Companies. Jake Himelstein, who has served as the chief operating officer and chief financial officer of BAMKO, was promoted to president of BAMKO.

Superior Group of Companies, formerly Superior Uniform Group, established in 1920, is a combination of companies that includes Fashion Seal Healthcare, HPI and WonderWink as core uniform brands. BAMKO, Tangerine Promotions, Public Identity and Gifts By Design are signature promotional product companies THAT provide custom branding, design, sourcing, and marketing solutions.



HBC appointed Scott Ross as its chief technology officer.

In this role, Ross will lead the digital and information technology strategies for HBC, including its wholly owned portfolio companies HBC Properties and Investments, and Hudson’s Bay, as well as SFA and O5, the entities that operate the physical locations for Saks Fifth Avenue and Saks OFF 5TH, respectively.

Most recently, Ross served as senior vice president of omnichannel at HBC, a role he has held since joining the company in January 2019. He succeeds Stephen Gold, who is retiring from HBC on Aug. 1. Gold will remain with HBC and work directly with Ross to ensure a smooth transition.

NRF Foundation

Leaders from two key retail service providers were named members of the NRF Foundation board of directors during its virtual meeting on June 17.

The new board members are PwC vice chairman of consumer markets Barbra Bukovac and SAS vice president of global retail and consumer goods solutions Richard Widdowson. Additionally, the board term for Susan Hart, global retail practice leader for Spencer Stuart, has been extended by six months.

As the National Retail Federation’s nonprofit 501(c)(3),the NRF Foundation provides the skills and resources needed for a life-changing career.


Australian Wool Innovation

The board of Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) appointed Jock Laurie as its new chairman.

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The appointment follows the decision of former chairman Colette Garnsey to step down from the role to ensure a smooth transition and knowledge transfer ahead of the annual general meeting (AGM) in November. Garnsey, who has served on the board for 10 years, the last three years as chairman, had announced her intention to retire at the AGM.

Laurie has been on the board of AWI since 2015. He and his family have a farming business that consists of wool, lamb, beef and grain on properties in Walcha, Bendemeer and Gunnedah in New South Wales. Laurie is also a past president of the National Farmers Federation and the NSW Farmers Association.


Kornit Digital, a digital textile printing technology company, announced that Andrew G. Backman was appointed to the newly created position of global head of investor relations.

Backman, who will be based at the company’s U.S. headquarters in Englewood, N.J., will be responsible for managing and further expanding Kornit’s investor relations platform across the Americas, EMEA and APAC regions.

Prior to joining Kornit, Backman developed and executed strategic investor relations platforms at HC2 Holdings, RCS Capital, AR Global and Corvis Corporation/Broadwing Communications.

Kornit Digital develops, manufactures and markets industrial digital printing technologies for the garment, apparel and textile industries. Kornit Digital is a global company, headquartered in Israel with offices in the U.S., Europe and Asia Pacific, and serves customers in more than 100 countries.


Mimaki, a manufacturer of inkjet printers and cutting systems, appointed Arjen Evertse as general manager sales, EMEA, effective Sept. 1.

After founding a business to support the adoption of Mimaki technology in Eurasia, this increased responsibility and new challenge is the latest step forward in Evertse’s successful 12-year long Mimaki career.

Evertse has held a variety of roles at Mimaki, including technical operator and senior management, but most recently, he has overseen Mimaki Eurasia, a Mimaki subsidiary.

Evertse will succeed Ronald van den Broek, who has accepted a partner position at valued Mimaki customer and 3D print specialist Marketiger.

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International Market Centers

International Market Centers (IMC) hired Sarabeth Jackson as director of buyer engagement for apparel.

Jackson, who brings 10 years of retail, sales, customer service and recruiting experience to the role, reports to Cindy Henry, IMC vice president of buyer engagement.

Jackson joins the buyer engagement team with previous apparel experience as women’s category buyer for Alabama Outdoors and as shop manager, retail development, at Michael Kors. Most recently, she worked at SitterTree as a program manager.

Jackson will be responsible for development of relationships with key account apparel buyers in all categories, including contemporary, children’s, men’s, prom and social occasion, bridal, jewelry and fashion accessories, shoes, ready-to-wear and young contemporary. She will work on all of IMC’s apparel markets, directly contacting retailers about attendance at the physical markets, as well as registration for Juniper Market, IMC’s new B2B e-commerce marketplace launching in 202


Everstream Analytics

Everstream Analytics, an end-to-end supply chain risk analytics company, announced that Julie Gerdeman joined the company as CEO as the company enters a phase of accelerated growth.

Burberry CEO Marco Gobbetti is stepping down and Everstream Analytics said Julie Gerdeman joined the company as CEO.
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Most recently as CEO of HealthPay24, Gerdeman led the launch of a new SaaS platform and built a partner-enabled go-to-market strategy that captured new verticals, fueled revenue growth and doubled the customer base. Prior to that role, she delivered significant performance results in various leadership positions at SAP Ariba.

David Shillingford will continue to lead the strategic direction of Everstream as chief strategy officer.

During the pandemic and recent disruptions to supply and demand, the companies that used Everstream Analytics’ solutions have been able to use predictive analytics to get ahead of disruptions and react quickly.


GLP announced that Miao Song will join the company as its global chief information officer (CIO).

In her role, Song will be responsible for all aspects of technology across GLP and overseeing the company’s global data and digital strategy. Prior to GLP, she was the global CIO of Mars Petcare and board member of Mars Belgium, where she led the digital transformation of the company to elevate technology, digital and data capabilities.

GLP is a global investment manager and business builder in logistics, real estate, infrastructure, finance and related technologies. It operates across Brazil, China, Europe, India, Japan, the U.S. and Vietnam and has over $100 billion in assets under management in real estate and private equity.