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Shuffle Board: New Eileen Fisher, Joules, Foot Locker CEOs, Levi’s Names GM, Kohl’s, Carhartt Make C-Suite Moves

Retail

Kohl’s

Kohl’s named Christie Raymond as chief marketing officer (CMO), reporting directly to CEO Michelle Gass.

Raymond joined Kohl’s in 2017 as senior vice president, media and personalization, and was promoted to executive vice president, customer engagement, analytics and insights in June 2020. She has been acting as the interim CMO since May.

Raymond will lead the marketing organization, including overall marketing strategy, brand and creative, media, loyalty, customer analytics, corporate communications and Kohl’s philanthropic efforts.

Kohl’s, an omnichannel retailer, has more than 1,100 stores in 49 states and an e-commerce site at Kohls.com.

Foot Locker

Foot Locker announced that Richard A. Johnson will retire as president and CEO, effective Sept. 1, 2022, when Mary N. Dillon, former executive chair and CEO of Ulta Beauty, Inc., will ascend as his replacement and also join the board of directors.

Johnson will step down as executive chairman of the board on Jan. 31, 2023, but remain as a senior advisor to the CEO until early April 2023 to facilitate the transition. The board has decided to separate the chair and CEO roles, effective Sept. 1, 2022. Lead independent director Dona D. Young will become non-executive chair, effective Feb. 1, 2023.

Saks Fifth Avenue

SFA, the entity that owns and operates Saks Fifth Avenue’s 40-store fleet, appointed Kathleen Shea to the newly created role of vice president (VP) of travel and tourism strategy.

Shea previously served as VP of sales at SaksWorks, a flexible and elevated life and work spaces business. Prior to that, she held leadership roles at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group and TAJ Hotels Resorts and Palaces.

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Macy’s

Macy’s Inc. announced the appointment of Emilie Arel, president and CEO of Casper Sleep, to its board of directors.

As president and CEO at Casper Sleep since 2021, Arel oversees all facets of the business, including the company’s commercial and brand strategy, as well as its wholesale strategy and developing retail partnerships.

With the addition of Arel, the Macy’s Inc. board will comprise 14 members. Arel will serve on the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee.

Simon

Simon, a real estate investment trust engaged in the ownership of premier shopping, dining, entertainment and mixed-use destinations, promoted Donald G. Frey to serve as the executive vice president and treasurer.

Frey has been with Simon for approximately 12 years, most recently as senior vice president (SVP) and assistant treasurer.

Matt Jackson was promoted to serve as the SVP and assistant treasurer. Jackson has been with Simon for approximately four years as vice president of treasury and capital markets.

Brands

Levi Strauss

Kohl's named Christie Raymond chief marketing officer and Eileen Fisher tapped Lisa Williams as CEO.
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Levi Strauss & Co. announced Fernanda Pirosanto as general manager for the Andes region in the LATAM cluster.

Pirosanto is responsible for the LS&Co. business across the Andes region encompassing Peru, Bolivia and Chile. Prior to joining LS&Co., she was general manager at Delaostia, an apparel brand in Argentina, and she also led Pandora’s South and Central LATAM business.

Eileen Fisher

Eileen Fisher Inc. named Lisa Williams as CEO, starting in early September.

Williams, former chief product officer at Patagonia, will lead the Eileen Fisher executive team in the work of continuing to evolve the company’s business model of creating timeless, sustainable fashion and pursuit of responsible practices.

Eileen Fisher, the namesake label’s founder, will remain at the company with a focus on product and expression, and will continue her role as chairperson of the board.

Eileen Fisher is sold online at eileenfisher.com, at more than 50 Eileen Fisher stores in North America, over 500 department and specialty stores globally, as well as at eileenfisherrenew.com and two Renew stores as part of the company’s innovative recycling program.

Allbirds

Allbirds Inc., a footwear and apparel brand, appointed Ann Freeman as a member of the company’s board of directors.

Most recently, Freeman was vice president (VP) and general manager of North America, Nike’s largest market. She replaces Nancy Green, who joined the Allbirds board in February 2020 and was an instrumental advisor during the company’s November 2021 IPO.

Based in San Francisco, Allbirds innovates with naturally derived materials, such as a eucalyptus tree fiber knit fabric and a sugarcane-based EVA foam called SweetFoam. Allbirds serves customers across 36 countries through 51 Allbirds stores and its e-commerce website, allbirds.com.

Carhartt

Kohl's named Christie Raymond chief marketing officer and Eileen Fisher tapped Lisa Williams as CEO.
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Carhartt appointed Susan Hennike as its new chief brand officer (CBO).

Hennike will report to Linda Hubbard, Carhartt’s president and chief operating officer. As CBO, she will lead the strategic development of multi-year brand strategies that position the company for sustained growth and profitability across matrixed business units. She will oversee a team of nearly 200 associates across creative, marketing, product and R&D, among other workstreams.

Hennike joins Carhartt from Bombas, where she led the next evolution of the apparel brand’s multi-category strategy and vision as chief product officer.

Carhartt is a premium workwear brand, headquartered in Dearborn, Mich., with approximately 5,400 employees worldwide.

Joules

The board of Joules, a premium British lifestyle company, announced that Jonathon Brown will become its new CEO.

This follows the company’s announcement in May that Nick Jones would be stepping down from the role during 2022. Brown will initially join Joules as CEO-designate on Sept. 7 and will become CEO on Sept. 30 following a short handover period from Jones.

Most recently, Brown was CEO of Compare the Market, part of BGL Group, where he led the business through a successful period of strategic transformation and growth.

Joules designs and sells Joules-branded clothing, footwear and accessories for women, men and children, as well as collections of homeware, toiletries, lifestyle and pet product ranges through licensing partnerships. Headquartered in Market Harborough, Leicestershire, the company caters to its 1.9 million active customers through its own digital platforms and stores in the U.K. and at country shows and events. Joules extends its brand reach through third-party relationships, including concessions, online marketplaces and traditional wholesale.

Textiles

Malouf

Kohl's named Christie Raymond chief marketing officer and Eileen Fisher tapped Lisa Williams as CEO.
Joel Dewberry

Malouf announced Joel Dewberry as vice president of marketing, a newly created role.

Dewberry will guide marketing initiatives for the company as it continues to expand its product and brand portfolio. He’s also responsible for creating a shared vision for best marketing practices across the company, from product development and packaging to content marketing and e-commerce performance. All marketing personnel will operate under Dewberry’s leadership.

Prior to joining Malouf, he was vice president of global marketing at iFit, a home fitness company.

CHT USA

CHT has hired textile industry veteran executive Craig White to lead the sales and marketing of CHT’s brand sales initiatives, including the sustainable BeSo ECO products.

CHT’s BeSo ECO collection offers solutions for customers to meet high performance standards with a reduced environmental impact through optimized production processes in support of a carbon neutral future.

CHT has extended its global presence with the expansion of its textile operations in Richmond, Va. The investment in CHT USA will facilitate easier collaboration with apparel brands and fabric mills in the Americas.

Logistics

Nuvocargo

Nuvocargo, a digital platform focused on U.S.-Mexico cross-border trade, announced it added former Flexport executive Nicholas Vernald to its senior leadership team as head of sales, U.S.

Vernald is charged with building out Nuvocargo’s U.S. sales organization. Most recently, he helped Flexport introduce disruptive technology to the central region.

Nuvocargo is backed by over $40 million in funding from Tiger Global, QED Investors, NFX an Y Combinator.

ShipCalm

ShipCalm, an e-commerce fulfillment and third-party logistics provider, announced that as part of its expansion and growth plans, Greg Moser, formerly president and chief technology officer, was named CEO.

Under Moser, ShipCalm’s growth strategy includes expanding into new territories and reaching more targeted consumers. Headquartered in Carlsbad, Calif., ShipCalm provides a number of logistics services aimed at helping online businesses solve their shipping problems. These consist of Amazon FBA prep, reverse logistics, kitting, packing and assembly, and e-commerce shipping and warehousing.

Becker Logistics

Becker Logistics, a third-party logistics company based in Glendale Heights, Ill., appointed Jamie Weldon as chief technology officer (CTO).

Previously, Weldon was senior vice president of software development at Coyote Logistics, a public company under UPS.

Weldon will be accountable for outlining the overall vision of Becker within the technology sphere. In addition, he will be accountable for aligning Becker’s infrastructure with its vendor’s capabilities.

Becker Logistics is a transportation management company that matches over 600 current customers with its asset-based carriers in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Becker has over 125,000 contracts with asset-based carriers and a network of truck and rail carriers.

Technology

Sleek Technologies

Sleek Technologies, a technology data company, hired Tracey Page as business development director.

Page most recently served as a Sports OTT streaming platform business development leader for NAGRA Kudelski Group.

Sleek Technologies specialized in freight procurement automation using AI-powered technology and data transparency to uncover resilience, sustainability and cost-reduction opportunities that empower shippers to deliver products on time at fair market cost.