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Shuffle Board: CEO Switch at Hugo Boss, Givenchy Taps Creative Director, New NCTO Chair

Brands

Hugo Boss

The supervisory board of Hugo Boss AG appointed Daniel Grieder as the future CEO of the company for a period of five years starting on June 1, 2021.

He will be succeeding Mark Langer, who is leaving the company on Sept. 30. In the interim period, from Oct. 1 to May 31, chief financial officer Yves Müller will serve as the managing board’s spokesman.

Since 2014, Grieder has been CEO of Tommy Hilfiger Global & PVH Europe, where he made a significant contribution to the company’s positive sales and earnings development. While maintaining a strong focus on product, Grieder has driven digitalization and other innovative projects.

Givenchy

Givenchy appointed Matthew M. Williams as creative director.

Williams will take on all creative responsibilities for women’s and men’s collections. He will present his first collection for the fashion house, founded by Hubert Givenchy, in Paris in October.

The American designer, known for his 1017 Alyx 9SM label and luxury streetwear, becomes the LVMH-owned French company’s seventh couturier. Williamson succeeds Clare Waight Keller, who ended her three-year stint with Givenchy in April.

Ralph Lauren Corp.

Ralph Lauren Corp. announced that Darren Walker, president and CEO of the Ford Foundation, was nominated as an independent director for election at the company’s 2020 annual meeting of stockholders on July 30.

The company also announced that Dr. Joyce F. Brown and Robert C. Wright, after 19 and 13 years of service on the board, respectively, will not stand for reelection for their terms set to expire at the end of July.

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Walker has served as president and CEO of the Ford Foundation since September 2013. He joined the Ford Foundation from The Rockefeller Foundation, where he most recently served as vice president of foundation initiatives, overseeing global and domestic programs, including the Rebuild New Orleans initiative after Hurricane Katrina.

Walker co-chairs New York City’s Commission on City Art, Monuments and Markers, and serves on the U.N. International Labor Organization Commission on the Future of Work. He also serves on the Board of PepsiCo, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, and is a trustee of the National Gallery of Art.

Canada Goose

Canada Goose appointed Carrie Baker as president, North America, and Kara MacKillop as chief of staff and executive vice president (EVP), people and culture, reporting to Dani Reiss, president and CEO.

Baker, who joined the company in 2012, was most recently serving as EVP, chief of staff and chief communications officer. In this newly created position, she will now oversee all marketing and commercial operations in North America.

MacKillop joined the company in 2014 as vice president of human resources. She will continue to be responsible for people and culture, and in her new role as chief of staff, will assume strategic projects for the Office of the CEO, corporate citizenship, and serve as the liaison to the board of directors.

In addition to helping steer the company through its successful IPO, MacKillop led the development and recent launch of the company’s sustainable impact strategy and its corporate citizenship initiatives.

Kering

Kering’s shareholders approved the appointments of Jean Liu, Tidjane Thiam and Emma Watson as directors during the annual general meeting.

Watson was also appointed chair of the sustainability committee of the board, while Thiam was appointed chair of the audit committee.

Liu is president of Didi Chuxing. Working with Cheng Wei, founder and CEO of DiDi, Liu led DiDi to become one of the world’s largest multi-modal mobile transportation platform, delivering over 10 billion orders a year to over 550 million users across Asia, Latin America and Australia. She is a founding member of the advisory board of the Bloomberg New Economy Forum and a member of the Asia Society’s board of trustees.

Thiam served as CEO of Credit Suisse Group AG from July 2015 to February 2020. His tenure as group chief executive of Prudential plc from 2009 to 2015 saw the firm’s market capitalization rise to more than $60 billion.

Watson is a British actor and activist. Her consultation with the women’s movement led to the establishment of a new U.K. Justice and Equality Fund, which aims to cultures of harassment, abuse and impunity by resourcing expert organizations in the field.

In 2019, French President Emmanuel Macron invited her to sit on the G7’s advisory Gender Equality Council.

Textiles

National Council of Textile Organizations

The National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) elected David Roberts, CEO of Cap Yarns, as its new chairman, succeeding Leib Oehmig, CEO of Glen Raven Inc.

Elected as vice chairman for 2020 was David Poston, president of Palmetto Synthetics, who was also elected to chair the Fiber Council. Also elected were Marty Moran of Buhler Quality Yarns Corporation to chair the Yarn Council, Oehmig to chair the Fabric and Home Furnishings Council, and Ian Mills of Fi-Tech to chair the Industry Support Council.

Elected by their respective councils to serve on the executive committee were Lowell Bivens of PHP Fibers, John Freeman of Nan Ya, Tom Caudle of Unifi, Peter Iliopoulos of Gildan, Norman Chapman of Inman Mills, Oehmig and Ian Mills of Fi-Tech.

Lenzing

Felix Fremerey retired from the supervisory board of Lenzing AG.

Shareholders at the company’s annual general meeting elected Melody Harris-Jensbach, CEO of Jack Wolfskin GmbH & Co. to serve on the supervisory board through 2023. In addition, the supervisory board positions of Franz Gasselsberger and Patrick Prügger were extended.

The supervisory board elected Peter Edelmann to serve as chairman and Veit Sorger as deputy chairman.

Logistics

VeriShip

VeriShip, a SaaS-based business optimization and spend management platform, announced Shawn McCarrick as its new CEO.

McCarrick, a logistics industry veteran and formerly an advisor to the company, replaces acting CEO Michael George. He will continue to serve its board of directors as executive chairman.

McCarrick gained invaluable logistics experience during nearly a decade at freight services broker Freightquote. As chief operating officer, he directed customer operations, marketing and the company’s 650-person sales organization. Most recently, McCarrick was senior vice president of Broadridge Financial Solutions, where he led the firm’s digital transformation technology team.

McCarrick will be well-supported in his efforts to lead innovation and growth. The company has added four new positions to its leadership team since March, including a chief product officer, chief revenue officer, vice president of engineering and head of client operations.

VeriShip is a spend management and payments platform that tracks, audits and analyzes shipping invoice data to support small and midsized businesses shipping with the four largest U.S. carriers. Its team of data scientists and parcel experts uses the platform’s decades of shipping data to benchmark and forecast, helping clients negotiate shipping contracts and optimize and reduce future shipping spend. Since 2005, VeriShip has helped nearly 6,000 businesses optimize shipping on nearly $2 billion in parcel spend.

Trade

USITC

Jason E. Kearns was named chairman of the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC). He succeeds outgoing chairman David S. Johanson, who was serving as chairman by operation of law through June 16.

President Trump designated Kearns as chairman for the term of June 17, 2020, through June 16, 2022. Kearns was nominated to the USITC by President Barack Obama on Jan. 17, 2017, re-nominated by Trump on June 29, 2017 and confirmed by the U.S. Senate on March 1, 2018, for the term expiring on Dec. 16, 2024.

He served as trade counsel for 11 years on the Democratic staff of the Committee on Ways and Means of the U.S. House of Representatives, including most recently as chief international trade counsel.

In addition, Randolph J. Stayin was named vice chairman of the USITC for a two-year term through June 16, 2022. Stayin was nominated to the USITC by Trump on Oct. 2, 2017, renominated on Jan. 16, 2019, and confirmed by the U.S. Senate on Aug. 1 for the term expiring on June 16, 2026.

Prior to his USITC appointment, Stayin had more than 40 years of litigation, legislative, and regulatory advocacy experience in international trade policy, trade law, and regulatory compliance. He is the former chief of staff and director of legislation to Sen. Robert Taft Jr. (R., Ohio).

The USITC is an independent, nonpartisan, quasi-judicial federal agency that makes determinations in proceedings involving imports claimed to injure a domestic industry, violations of intellectual property rights or other unfair methods of competition in connection with imported goods; provides independent tariff, trade and competitiveness-related analysis and information to the legislative and executive branches of government, and maintains the U.S. tariff schedule.