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Shuffle Board: New CEOs Named at True Religion and Jeanologia, Ascena Appoints EVP Duo


True Religion

True Religion Apparel announced that its board of directors appointed Michael Buckley as its new CEO.

Buckley was previously president of True Religion Apparel from 2006 to 2010. He will be responsible for developing and implementing the vision and roadmap for True Religion, reporting to the board.

Buckley most recently was CEO of Differential Brands Group, now Centric Brands. Differential owned the brands Hudson Jeans, Robert Graham and Swims.

Prior to Differential, from 2011 to 2016 he was CEO of Robert Graham Designs until its sale to Differential Brands Group for $180 million. Prior to Robert Graham, from 2006 to 2010 as president of True Religion Apparel, sales grew from $100 million to over $300 million.


Nike Inc. announced that Thasunda Brown Duckett was appointed to the company’s board of directors.

Duckett is CEO of Chase Consumer Banking, a division of JPMorgan Chase & Co., where she oversees a banking network with more than $800 billion in deposits and investments and 50,000 employees. Duckett is executive sponsor of JPMorgan Chase’s Advancing Black Pathways program that is directed toward helping black Americans achieve economic success through wealth, education and careers.



Ascena Retail Group Inc. appointed Justin MacFarlane as executive vice president (EVP) and chief customer officer, effective Dec. 2. In addition, Marisa Baldwin was promoted to EVP and chief human resources officer, effective immediately.

MacFarlane and Baldwin will report directly to Gary Muto, CEO of Ascena.

MacFarlane most recently served as the chief strategy, analytics and innovation officer at Macy’s Inc., where he was responsible for Macy’s strategic development, customer insights, data analytics, innovation, pricing, replenishment, and the food and lease businesses.

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Baldwin joined Ascena in 2009 and since that time, has held roles of increasing leadership within human resources.

Ascena is a national specialty retailer offering apparel, shoes and accessories for women under the Ann Taylor, Loft, Lou & Grey, Lane Bryant, Catherines, Cacique, Dressbarn and Justice banners.



Spanish textile technology firm Jeanologia named Carlos Arias, a customer for the past 15 years, as its new CEO.

Arias previously served as CEO at the Winds Group, a performance textiles and product manufacturing partner for athletic wear, and before that was the president and CEO at WWA Advisors, a consulting organization for supply chain processes in the apparel category.

Arias will be responsible for expanding the company globally and further reducing its use of water and chemicals, specifically with the company’s mission to completely dehydrate the denim industry.

Enrique Silla, Jeanologia’s founder, who had been CEO, will continue on the managing board.

Applied DNA

Applied DNA Sciences Inc. appointed Scott L. Anchin to its board of directors following the resignation of director Dr. Charles Ryan.

The company expects Anchin will also be engaged as a strategic advisor. He is currently a partner at Cormont Strategic Services and formerly worked for Alvarez & Marsal North America, a global professional services firm specializing in turnaround and interim management and performance improvement.


A.P. Møller–Mærsk

A.P. Møller – Mærsk said chief operating officer (COO) Søren Toft has decided to pursue an opportunity outside of the company and has left the company.

The COO responsibilities in the interim will be taken on by CEO Søren Skou. The executive board of the global container logistics company will now consist of Skou, chief financial officer Carolina Dybeck Happe, chief commercial officer Vincent Clerc, and Morten Engelstoft, CEO of APM Terminals.

Toft joined A.P. Møller – Mærsk in 1994 and became a member of the executive board in December 2017. A.P. Møller – Mærsk operates in 130 countries and employs roughly 76,000 people.