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Shuffle Board: CEO Moves at MGF Sourcing and Carbitex, Macy’s Adds Directors, Caleres Names Marketing SVP

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Caleres

Suzy Cirulis joined Caleres as senior vice president of customer marketing.

MGF Sourcing announced that Michael Yee will become CEO of the company and Suzy Cirulis joined Caleres as SVP of customer marketing.
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In this role, she will lead the company’s customer marketing efforts, including customer relationship marketing (CRM), customer insights and customer analytics for the Caleres brand portfolio consisting of Famous Footwear, Sam Edelman, Naturalizer, Allen Edmonds, Vionic, and Dr. Scholl’s Shoes.

Cirulis joins Caleres with more than two decades of strategy and marketing experience, with depth in CRM, retail and digital marketing. She was most recently chief marketing officer at Crate and Barrel. Previously, she worked in customer relationship marketing with Gap Inc. and its Old Navy, Banana Republic and Gap Outlet brands, and helped to build a new centralized competency in customer marketing for the company.

Macy’s

Macy’s Inc. announced the appointment of Ashley Buchanan, CEO of The Michaels Companies, and Tracey Zhen, president of Zipcar, to its board of directors.

As CEO of Michaels since early 2020, Buchanan has led the company through a significant transformation, including a reimagined omnichannel experience and strengthened store business that resulted in record growth, financial and operational performance. He previously served in various roles at Walmart, most recently as chief merchant for the U.S. e-commerce business.

Zhen oversees all facets of the business in her role at Zipcar, the world’s leading car-sharing network, and is focused on leveraging innovation and technology to grow Zipcar’s position as a category leader. She brings more than 20 years of experience in leadership roles at consumer technology companies, including TripAdvisor and Expedia, where she held general management positions.

With the addition of Buchanan and Zhen, the Macy’s Inc. board will comprise 12 members. Buchanan will serve on the Audit Committee and Zhen will serve on the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee.

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La Martina

MGF Sourcing announced that Michael Yee will become CEO of the company and Suzy Cirulis joined Caleres as SVP of customer marketing.
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La Martina tapped Alessandro Santamaria to join its ranks as vice president and continue the process of digitization and expanding to new markets.

Santamaria comes from Giglio Group, an e-commerce 4.0 company listed on the MTA-Star market of the Italian Stock Exchange, where he held the role of managing director. Prior to that, he was general manager of the multinational Italiantouch, a company in charge of devising and managing the e-commerce strategy of the Tod’s Group brands.

With 100 single-brand stores, including flagship stores in London, Paris, Dubai, Johannesburg, Buenos Aires, New Delhi, Riyad and Cairo, and 600 multi-brand stores, La Martina’s main offices are in Buenos Aires and Chiasso, Switzerland, with operational offices in London and Miami.

Sourcing

MGF Sourcing

MGF Sourcing, an apparel sourcing, manufacturing and supply chain company, announced that Michael Yee, president of MGF Sourcing Asia, will become CEO of the company, effective Feb. 1.

Yee will succeed James Schwartz, who will assume the newly created role of executive chairman at that time. The company also announced the promotion of Jennie Wilson, chief administrative officer, to president and chief operating officer, also effective Feb. 1.

Yee joined MGF Sourcing as president of MGF Asia in November 2019 from Gap Inc., where he was president and CEO of Greater China Retail and executive vice president of global sourcing and production. He will continue to be based in Hong Kong.

Schwartz has been in the industry for nearly 43 years and has served as CEO of MGF Sourcing since it was acquired from L Brands in 2011 and was with its predecessor company, Mast Global Fashions, beginning in 1983. As executive chairman, Schwartz will also serve as a business advisor to Yee and Wilson on key strategic initiatives.

Wilson has been with MGF since 2012, first as chief financial officer and more recently as chief administrative officer. Prior to MGF, she served in senior finance roles with DSW, L Brands and Dunkin’ Brands.

Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, MGF maintains offices in China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, South Korea, India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Vietnam and the United States. Its global team collaborates across categories and borders, supporting innovation and increasing flexibility and speed to market for customers by providing design, distribution, production oversight, and other manufacture management services.

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Carbitex

MGF Sourcing announced that Michael Yee will become CEO of the company and Suzy Cirulis joined Caleres as SVP of customer marketing.
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Carbitex, a Kennewick, Wash.-based maker of flexible carbon fiber composites, announced the retirement of Ron Boninger following more than four years as CEO.

Under his leadership, Boninger built strong partnerships and commercialized product with 14 footwear brands, including Adidas, Scott, DC Shoes, Burton and Radar Skis, in eight footwear categories.

In succession, Carbitex appointed footwear industry veteran Rob Langstaff as CEO. With over three decades of experience in the performance footwear market, Langstaff began his career with a 16-year tenure at Adidas. In 2006, Langstaff returned to the U.S. to hold the president role at Adidas North America. He returned to international business in late 2013 to serve as senior vice president of Asia-Pacific/Latin America of Brooks Running, and most recently served as vice president of international business at Keen Footwear for another four years.

Logistics

IATA

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) confirmed that Robin Hayes, CEO of JetBlue, will continue his duties as Chair of the IATA board of governors until the conclusion of the 78th IATA Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Shanghai June 19-21.

Hayes began his duties as chair of the IATA board of governors at the conclusion of IATA’s 76th AGM in November 2020. Due to interruptions in the cycle of governance meetings as a result of the pandemic, Hayes’ mandate was extended beyond the normal one-year cycle.

IATA announced that Pegasus Airlines CEO Mehmet Tevfik Nane is chair-elect of the IATA board of governors and will begin a one-year term as board chair at the conclusion of the 78th AGM in Shanghai.

Pitney Bowes

Pitney Bowes Inc. appointed Tom Doherty as vice president for lending services and products.

Doherty joins Pitney Bowes from CIBC Bank USA, where he served as managing director and head of business banking. In this global role, he will lead the lending business within Pitney Bowes Financial Services, which includes responsibility for mail lending, shipping and logistics financing, and working capital lending. Reporting to Christopher Johnson, senior vice president of Pitney Bowes and president of Pitney Bowes Financial Services, Doherty will also oversee the existing portfolio of lending clients, with responsibility for new market and new product development.

Pitney Bowes delivers a portfolio of financial services products specifically designed to nurture and support the small- and mid-sized business community.

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Premiere Vision

Premiere Vision named Igor Bonnet to head the group’s development and operations.

Bonnet brings his international experience and industry expertise to Paris-based Premier Vision as it meets the challenges of the gradual resumption of events on a global scale and the industry’s accelerated transformation.

Bonnet began his career at a multinational energy company before joining Arena, an Italian performance sports brand specializing in swimwear and equipment. During his 17 years with the company, he worked on product development and innovation strategy for its various subsidiaries.