Charming Charlie announced several changes at the executive level designed to position the company for long-term growth.
Rob Adamek, who has served as the company’s chief financial officer since November 2016, has been promoted to chief operating officer. In this position, Adamek will continue to have responsibility for functions that provide operational support to stores, e-commerce, merchandising and marketing. In addition, he will have responsibility for legal, lease administration, indirect procurement, loss prevention and facilities.
The company also appointed Joy Garcia as senior vice president and chief marketing officer, replacing Sheila Field, who has served in the role on an interim basis since February and is transitioning to the Charming Charlie board of directors.
Garcia was previously group vice president of customer and brand marketing at Stage Stores. She has also served as the director of marketing for Dell Consumer and Small Business in North and South America.
Additionally, the retailer said that Jason Warr, vice president of e-commerce, would also oversee the brand’s digital marketing efforts.
Charming Charlie is a Houston-based specialty retailer focused on fashion jewelry, handbags, apparel, gifts and beauty products. It currently operates more than 260 stores in the U.S. and its CharmingCharlie.com e-commerce site.
Fanatics, a global manufacturer of licensed sports merchandise, announced several additions to its international leadership team as it continues to expand its operations worldwide.
Ignacio Beristain Borra has joined Fanatics to head up the retail, buying and merchandising functions of the International business and to lead across Southern Europe. Borra spent over 18 years at Adidas international where he held several positions, most recently serving as managing director of the Global BU Real Madrid. He will join as managing director of Southern Europe, Merchandising & Retail, responsible for Spain, Portugal, Italy and the global retail, buying and merchandising functions.
Bill Tung joined the organization as managing director for Fanatics Branded International. Tung spent 13 years building Columbia Sportswear’s International business and more recently having performed a similar role as executive vice president (international) for New Balance.
Ian Nelson has come on board as product marketing director. Nelson joins the organization from Pentland Brands and has more than 10 years of international brand building experience. He will lead the Fanatics branded product and marketing team.
Zohar Ravid joined Fanatics as director of strategy and mergers and acquisitions. Prior to Fanatics, Zohar helped raise, form and run a $100 million growth equity fund and spent over a decade in investment banking. Ravid will work with Fanatics International president Steve Davis to identify opportunities for the company to continue to grow its international capabilities and offering to its partners around the world.
Earlier this year, Fanatics announced the appointments of Joachim Hilke to lead the Global Partnerships team, Masanori Kawana as managing director of Fanatics Japan, Colin Griffin as global operations director and Ben Esser as director of e-commerce and omnichannel.
Fanatics’ international presence has grown significantly over the past year, with the company now operating offices and fulfillment centers in the USA, U.K., Germany, Spain, India, Hong Kong and Japan. The global expansion is due in large part to a $1 billion investment the company received in 2017 from the largest tech fund in history, Softbank’s Vision Fund, which identified Fanatics as one of the world’s transformative companies who would shape the future of global commerce.