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Shuffle Board: New CEOs for J.Jill, Old Navy, and Li & Fung; Creative Directors Named at Burton and Diesel

Retail

Old Navy

Gap Inc. appointed Nancy Green as the president and CEO of Old Navy.

Green will report to Sonia Syngal, CEO of Gap Inc. and will serve on the company’s senior leadership team. Green has served as interim head of Old Navy since March and was previously president and chief creative officer of the brand.

Prior to joining Old Navy in August 2019, Green served as president and CEO of Gap Inc.’s Athleta unit, where she helped grow the brand from $250 million to a nearly $1 billion purpose-led business for active women and girls.

During her career with Gap Inc., Green has also held multiple roles in the Old Navy brand, including the early growth years of the brand and again from 2010 to 2012 when she led product, design and visual merchandising. Beyond Gap Inc., Green has served as CEO of Shabby Chic, where she partnered with the founder to create a vision and growth strategy for a multi-channel lifestyle brand.

Green serves on the board of directors of Allbirds, as well as the Gap Foundation board of trustees, and is a council member of the women’s executive leadership organization C200.

J.Jill

J.Jill Inc. appointed Claire Spofford as CEO, effective no later than Feb. 15. She will also become a member of the board of directors.

Jim Scully will remain interim CEO to ensure a smooth transition. Spofford, a veteran retail executive with more than 20 years of experience, most recently served as president of Cornerstone Brands, where she oversaw a portfolio of four interactive, aspirational, home and apparel lifestyle brands–Ballard Designs, Frontgate, Garnet Hill and Grandin Road.

She was previously senior vice president and chief marketing officer of J.Jill. Spofford currently serves as a board member for Reclaim Childhood.

J.Jill is an omnichannel retailer and women’s apparel brand with about 280 stores nationwide and an e-commerce platform.

Children’s Place

The Children’s Place, Inc. appointed Tracey R. Griffin to the company’s board of directors and as a member of the audit committee.

Griffin will hold office until the annual meeting of stockholders to be held in 2021. She is an independent director and qualifies as an “audit committee financial expert” under SEC rules.

Griffin is currently chief financial officer (CFO) and chief operating officer of Framebridge Inc., an online custom framing brand and has held that position since November. Prior to Framebridge, Griffin held the position of CFO of lifestyle retail brand Kendra Scott.

She serves on the boards ADT Inc. and the non-profit organization Partnership for Healthier America.

Sourcing

Li & Fung

Li & Fung Ltd. a leading supply chain solutions partner for consumer brands and retailers, announced new leadership appointments following the recent privatization of the company.

Joseph Phi, group president, was appointed group CEO of Li & Fung and Spencer Fung succeeds William Fung as executive chairman.

Phi joined Li & Fung in 1999 and was promoted to become group president in 2019. Formerly, he served as executive director of Integrated Distribution Services Group Limited from 2004 until its acquisition by Li & Fung in 2010.

As executive chairman of Li & Fung, Spencer Fung will oversee all of Li & Fung’s businesses. He will work closely with the company’s new partners, GLP, a leading global logistics warehouse operator and investor, and JD.com, one of the world’s largest technology driven e-commerce companies, to enhance its digital solutions and explore new ventures.

Spencer Fung became CEO in 2014 and stepped in as the fourth generation of the Fung family.

William Fung, upon retirement from his role as chairman of Li & Fung, will sit on the board of its holding company and together with his brother, Victor, will continue to be involved in business growth and development of the other companies across the group.

Brands

Burton

Burton welcomed new executive creative director Adrian Josef Margelist and new senior vice president of global marketing Kelly Murnaghan. Murnaghan and Margelist report to Burton CEO John Lacy.

Murnaghan oversees all divisions of Burton Global Marketing. In this role, she leads marketing strategy and positioning globally, driving Burton’s transformation toward becoming a consumer-centric, digital-first retailer of the future. In addition, she is charged with growing participation in the sport of snowboarding, building on Burton’s commitment to foster a more diverse and inclusive community, and amplifying the brand and product assortment.

Murnaghan spent the first five years of her career at advertising agencies, with Ogilvy & Mather in New York City, Fallon in Minneapolis and Mullen in Boston. From there, she joined Converse Inc. in Boston for seven years, where she held various director-level positions, from running point on marketing for the Chuck Taylor brand in North America to leading the marketing department in Canada. Following Converse, she went on to Vans in California where she was vice president of marketing for North America. In 2019, Murnaghan was tapped to become the chief marketing officer at Lagunitas, where she oversaw marketing, strategy, product innovation and retail teams.

Margelist will be based in his hometown of Zurich, Switzerland, and play a dual role. Leading Burton’s overall creative direction will be half of his focus, and the other half will be to provide creative direction to Burton’s joint venture in China.

Margelist was most recently chief creative officer at Mammut, where he led the marketing and product divisions, while also overseeing the re-design of Mammut stores.

Burton designs and manufactures products for snowboarding and the outdoors. As a sustainability leader within the outdoor and winter sports industries, Burton is the world’s first snowboard company to become a certified B Corporation. Privately held and owned by Donna Carpenter, Burton’s headquarters are in Burlington, Vt., with offices in Austria, Japan, Australia, Canada and China.

Diesel

OTB appointed Glenn Martens as creative director of Diesel. In his new role, Martens will oversee the global brand’s style, communications, interior design and its overall creativity.

Martens is a Belgian designer who started his career at Jean Paul Gaultier, and since 2013 was the creative director of Parisian brand Y/Project. In 2018, he was one of the guest designers of Diesel’s experimental capsule series Diesel Red Tag.

Jack Wolfskin

Jack Wolfskin, a producer of outdoor apparel and gear, appointed André Grube as the company’s new chief financial officer (CFO).

In this role, Grube will be responsible for Jack Wolfskin’s finance, tax and legal, human resources (HR) and office management functions. Grube succeeds Ante Franicevic, who has decided to leave the company on Oct. 15 to pursue new professional opportunities after a short handoff.

He joins Jack Wolfskin from Swiss outdoor company Mammut Sports Group. In his role as group CFO, he was responsible for the finance department as well as HR, inventory management, logistics and strategic planning since 2018. Prior to that, Grube held positions in the finance departments of PepsiCo Germany GmbH, Punica Getränke GmbH and Procter & Gamble International.

Jack Wolfskin is headquartered in Idstein, Germany, with a North America office in Park City, Utah. Founded in 1981, the company has grown to become a leading outdoor brand across Europe and Asia.

Marimekko

Dan Trapp was appointed as Marimekko’s chief sales officer (CSO) and a member of the management group. He will start in the position on Nov. 2.

Trapp moves to Marimekko from the position of Salomon’s global vic president of apparel and gear, where he was also a member of the executive committee.

In addition, Sanna-Kaisa Niikko was appointed Marimekko’s chief marketing officer and a member of the management group. Niikko has a long career at Marimekko, most recently serving as global creative brand marketing director, leading Marimekko’s visual communications, social media and community engagement, public relations and brand collaborations.

Morten Israelsen, Marimekko’s CSO and member of the management group, will leave his position on Oct. 16 by mutual consent.

Marimekko is a Finnish lifestyle design company renowned for its original prints and colors. The company’s product portfolio includes clothing, bags and accessories, as well as home décor items ranging from textiles to tableware. Marimekko products are sold in about 40 countries. In 2019, brand sales of the products worldwide amounted to 251 million euros and the company’s net sales were 125 million euros. Roughly 150 Marimekko stores serve customers around the globe.

MINDD

MINDD, a direct-to-consumer bra company engineered specifically for the D+ woman, announced a creative partnership with fashion photographers Drew and Derek Riker, who will now serve as the brand’s creative directors.

The collaboration will seek to elevate the representation of the D+ woman in media and advertising, generating distinctive, editorial-standard imagery showcasing her individuality and natural beauty.

The Riker brothers are known for leveraging natural light to capture their subject’s candid, raw beauty. The duo works with only essential resources–including no extra equipment or crew members–to create a personal environment on set.

As creative directors, the Rikers will create a timeless but modern aesthetic for MINDD. The brothers have directed two creative shoots for MINDD this year, both featuring 2019 Sports Illustrated Swimwear finalist Raine Michaels, as well as up-and-coming model Sasha Clark.

Launched in February, MINDD is a direct-to-consumer bra company specifically engineered for the D+ shopper, founded by fashion and intimates expert Helena Kaylin. Based in Los Angeles, MINDD’s inaugural line, The For Life Collection, was named one of Harper’s Bazaar’s “Best Bras For Big Busts” in May.

Ruby Ribbon

To better fulfill its mission of supporting women with comfort, confidence and opportunity, Ruby Ribbon Inc. appointed Michelle Sanft as the company’s new chief operating officer and chief financial officer, and Loly Hlade as its new chief marketing officer.

Both report to Clint McKinlay, CEO of the social commerce-driven intimates, shapewear and athleisure company.

With a 25-year career in financial management, operations and strategy, including executive experience in social-selling channels, Sanft will play a pivotal role as the company continues its growth phase via an expanded network of independent stylists. Most recently, Sanft led planning and business strategy as vice president of finance for Careismatic Brands, a provider of medical apparel, scrubs and supplies.

Hlade will lead Ruby Ribbon’s brand marketing and communications, as well as product development and category expansion efforts. Before joining Ruby Ribbon, she served as vice president of marketing for Topgolf.

Logistics

CMA CGM

The CMA CGM Group appointed Nicolas Sekkaki as executive vice president of IT, digital and transformation to accelerate the implementation of its digital and technological ambitions designed to serve its customers, its business activities and the industry’s energy transition. Sekkaki was formerly chairman of IBM France since 2015.

Padmaraja Dipankar, currently vice president of intelligent operations and innovation at Accenture, was appointed group chief digital officer. His mission will be to lead digital transformation projects and foster the company’s partnerships with external companies ranging from start-ups to major digital groups.

With his track record and extensive experience within the company, Michel Foulon will lead IT operations for the CMA CGM Group and its subsidiaries.

CMA CGM is a French container transportation and shipping company, using 200 shipping routes between 420 ports in 150 different countries.

Vecna Robotics

Vecna Robotics, an autonomous mobile robot and workflow orchestration company, named Jeff Huerta as senior vice president of sales.

Huerta’s responsibilities will focus on scaling Vecna Robotics’ sales operations to meet the explosive demand for its robotics platforms and orchestration software. Prior to joining Vecna Robotics, Huerta was vice president of North America sales at Balyo, where he led the go-to-market strategy for the company’s self-guided trucks.

Vecna Robotics’ autonomous mobile robots (AMR) help some of the world’s largest distribution, warehouse and manufacturing organizations automate their bulk materials handling and logistics operations. The company’s AI orchestration engine, Pivotal, integrates with existing warehouse management systems for a coordinated approach that maximizes human and robot collaboration and increases productivity.

American Software

American Software, Inc., a provider of AI-powered supply chain management and advanced retail planning platforms, added a trio of executives to its ranks. Kevin McInturff became executive vice president of research and development, and is tasked with delivering innovative solutions for Logility, Inc., Demand Management, Inc. and NGC customers. Alex Price, senior vice president, alliance partners and sales, was most recently with Blue Yonder and is tasked with growing the company’s partner program and accelerating growth across the global indirect channel.

Shawn Reynolds, executive vice president of marketing, will lead global marketing strategy, manage brand awareness, and develop programs that drive the success of the company’s products and services.

Brands and retailers using software products through American Software’s subsidiaries include VF, Foot Locker, Brooks Brothers, Red Wing Shoe Company, Carter’s, Spanx and Lacoste.

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