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Shuffle Board: New CEOs at Spanx, Eddie Bauer and Matalan, Creative Director Move at Burberry

Brands

Eddie Bauer

Sparc Group, a lifestyle brand operating company, announced that Tim Bantle will join the company as the CEO of Eddie Bauer.

In his new role, Bantle will chart the next phase of Eddie Bauer’s growth journey. Bantle will report to Marc Miller, CEO of Sparc Group, and will be based in Seattle.

Bantle was most recently general manager of VF Canada, where he led the company’s local outdoor and action sports platform. Prior to VF Canada, Bantle held leadership positions at The North Face, Black Diamond Equipment and Patagonia.

Burberry

Daniel Lee

Burberry appointed Daniel Lee as chief creative officer, effective Oct. 3. Lee replaces Riccardo Tisci, who decided to leave after almost five years, during which he spearheaded Burberry’s creative transformation.

In his new role, Lee will oversee all Burberry collections. He will present his debut runway collection at London Fashion Week in February 2023. He will be based at Burberry’s headquarters in London and report to CEO Jonathan Akeroyd.

Lee served as creative director at Bottega Veneta, where he helped reinvigorate the Italian luxury brand. He was previously director of ready-to-wear design at Celine, which he joined in 2012.

Spanx

Kim Jones

Spanx LLC promoted Kim Jones to CEO.

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A company veteran, Jones most recently served as president and chief financial officer (CFO), and in her new role will oversee the company’s corporate strategy and global operations.

Jones has a 15-year tenure with the brand and was named president in 2018. Jones worked alongside founder Sara Blakely to secure Spanx’s first outside investment in 2021, when it was acquired by funds managed by Blackstone, a leading global investment firm, to accelerate the company’s already rapid digital transformation, expand its global footprint and fuel new product innovation.

In addition, Caroline Whitton was promoted to president and will continue in her role as chief growth officer. Since joining Spanx in 2017, Whitton has led the brand’s digital transformation. In her role as president, she will oversee revenue and growth efforts globally, including e-commerce, wholesale, growth marketing, international, digital product innovation and customer experience.

Misha Nonoo was also appointed as chief brand officer. She joins Spanx having served as CEO and creative director for her eponymous women’s ready-to-wear line since its founding in 2011. Her business continues to run under separate management.

Martin Elliott was appointed as CFO, overseeing all financial functions at the company. He joined Spanx from MGA Entertainment, a global manufacturer of toys and entertainment products.

Coco Lu was named chief people officer, overseeing all talent and human resource functions at the company. She joins Spanx after a 15-year tenure with The Coca-Cola Company, serving most recently as global human resources director for its technical, innovation and supply chain function. In her role as chief people officer, Lu will oversee the end to end people strategy and solutions to enable the business has right capability, right talent, right culture and right organization to achieve the growth potential of the team and talent.

Nonoo, Elliott and Lu join chief information officer Keith Miller, chief creative officer Lisa Kulson, chief merchandising officer Kiana Miree and Whitton on the executive team reporting to Jones.

Spanx offers innerwear solutions and figure-flattering outerwear, as well as activewear, denim, shapewear, swimwear, intimates, leggings and hosiery.

Retail

Qurate

Qurate Retail Group appointed Scott Barnhart as chief operating officer (COO).

As COO, Barnhart leads supply chain, procurement, global business services, and corporate real estate and workplace services (CREWS) for all Qurate Retail Group brands globally; customer service and experience for all U.S. brands, and QVC and HSN’s U.S. fulfillment operations. Barnhart also oversees the transformation management office for Project Athens, Qurate Retail Group’s three-year plan to establish revenue stability, OIBDA margin expansion and incremental cash flow generation.

Barnhart reports to David L. Rawlinson II, president and CEO of Qurate Retail Inc.

Most recently, he was president of global medical products and supply chain at Cardinal Health, a pharmaceuticals distributor, medical/lab products manufacturer and healthcare data services provider.

Qurate Retail Group comprises QVC, HSN, Zulily, Ballard Designs, Frontgate, Garnet Hill and Grandin Road.

PGA Tour Superstore

PGA Tour Superstore owner and chairman Arthur M. Blank announced that Dick Sullivan, currently president and CEO for PGA Tour Superstore, was named executive chairman and CEO.

Blank also announced the promotion of Jill Spiegel, chief merchandising officer, to president. The specialty retailer for golf and tennis currently operates 54 stores in 21 states.

Matalan

British retail chain Matalan appointed New Look’s former boss as interim CEO and its founder and board chair quit to bid on the newly up-for-sale retailer

The company ended a year-long executive search when it named Nigel Oddy as its interim CEO, effective Oct. 3, roughly three months after the House of Fraser and Marks & Spencer veteran vacated the top post at rival fashion chain New Look in June. Matalan cited his experience steering New Look through the pandemic while crediting his omnichannel knowhow and success boosting the retailer’s “mid-market fashion” relevance during his three-year tenure.

Founder John Hargreaves exited his board chair role to eliminate any conflicts of interest as he puts together a bid for Matalan, which also announced it’s up for sale. Senior non-executive board director Tim Isaacs will temporarily fill in as interim chairman.

National Retail Federation

The National Retail Federation (NRF) hired Ashley Wilson as vice president for tax policy.

Prior to joining NRF, Wilson served as vice president for tax legislative affairs and the managing director for public affairs at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. She replaces NRF’s former vice president of tax policy, Rachelle Bernstein, who is retiring this month after more than 18 years working on behalf of retail.

Dollar Tree

Dollar Tree Inc. said Pedro Voyer will be joining the company as chief development officer.

Prior to Dollar Tree, Voyer held several leadership positions within JAB Holding Company as senior vice president (SVP) and general manager international for Panera and SVP and chief operating officer international for Caribou Coffee and Einstein’s Bagel Brands.

Dollar Tree operated 16,231 stores across 48 states and five Canadian provinces as of July 30 under the brands of Dollar Tree, Family Dollar and Dollar Tree Canada.

Textiles

Gaston College Textile Technology and Fiber Innovation Centers

Gaston College announced that Jasmine Cox has accepted the role as executive director of the Textile Technology and Fiber Innovation Centers. Cox most recently served as the college’s director of textile technology programs and business innovation.

As executive director, Cox becomes a member of the president’s cabinet and a key member of the college’s leadership team. The Textile Technology Center on Gaston College’s Kimbrell Campus is a partner in the Manufacturing & Textile Innovation Network. This center, along with the new Fiber Innovation Center that is coming soon, will allow students to get hands-on experience with the latest technology and equipment used in research and development, testing and production processes for the textile industry.

Logistics

MSC

MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company appointed Jannie Davel, formerly of Delta Cargo, Emirates SkyCargo and DHL, to develop its air cargo business and to build the team that will implement it.

Davel most recently served as managing director of commercial Delta Cargo based in Atlanta.

RXO

XPO Logistics Inc., a provider of freight transportation services, announced that Heidi Ratti will become chief human resources officer of RXO, the planned spin-off of XPO’s tech-enabled brokered transportation platform.

Ratti is currently senior vice president, human resources, for XPO’s North American less-than-truckload business, and will move to RXO’s C-suite when the separation is complete. She will report to Drew Wilkerson, who will be CEO of RXO and currently serves as president, transportation-North America of XPO. XPO intends to spin off its tech-enabled brokered transportation platform as an independent publicly traded company under the ticker symbol RXO in the fourth quarter of 2022.

Labor

ILO

The International Labor Organization’s (ILO) 10th director-general, Guy Ryderm concluded his 10-year term in office on Friday and handed the keys over to his successor, Gilbert F. Houngbo.

The three keys represent the ILO’s tripartite structure, in which governments, workers and employers play an equal role in decision-making. Ryder was elected director-general by the ILO’s Governing Body in May 2012 and was re-elected for a second five-year term starting in 2017.

Houngbo was elected as the ILO’s 11th director-general in March. ILO directors-general serve a maximum of two five-year terms.