Foot Locker Inc. announced a new organizational structure designed to foster greater agility and speed-to-act as the company continues to advance its key strategic imperative to elevate the customer experience.
The senior management promotions and organizational changes being implemented will connect its customer-facing functions globally in a synergistic way to enhance focus on ongoing engagement, and more localized and immersive customer experiences, product offerings and community activations. They will also help streamline the company’s operational and expense structure to drive further productivity and flexibility across the organization.
As part of the new organizational structure, Foot Locker announced several senior management promotions. Andy Gray will lead the company’s efforts to elevate the customer experience across the globe in the new role of executive vice president (EVP) and chief commercial officer. Gray previously served as chief merchandising officer for North America, as well as general manager of Foot Locker U.S.
Frank Bracken will be the new EVP and CEO of North America. Bracken was previously senior vice president (SVP) and GM of Foot Locker and Kids Foot Locker U.S., as well as vice president and GM of Foot Locker Canada.
Scott Martin was named the new EVP and CEO of Asia Pacific, in addition to his responsibilities as chief strategy and development officer. Over the last three years as SVP and chief strategy and development officer, Martin was instrumental in leading the company’s strategic investments and partnerships, establishing its global market planning and store development capabilities, and elevating its global procurement functions.
In addition, several members of the Foot Locker leadership team will be retiring. Lew Kimble, EVP and CEO for Asia Pacific, will retire at the end of August following a more than 40-year career at the company, where he served as president and CEO of Foot Locker Europe and managing director of Foot Locker Asia Pacific.
Jake Jacobs, EVP and CEO, North America, will also retire effective at the end of August. Jacobs departs following more than 20 years at Foot Locker in roles including president and CEO of Foot Locker North America.
Foot Locker, headquartered in New York, operates a portfolio of brands, including Foot Locker, Lady Foot Locker, Kids Foot Locker, Champs Sports, Eastbay, Footaction, Runners Point and Sidestep, with approximately 3,100 stores in 27 countries across North America, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand, as well as websites and mobile apps.
Revolve Group Inc. appointed retail industry veteran Melanie Cox to its board of directors, as well as the audit and compensation committees.
Cox is CEO of Backcountry, a leading online retailer of premium outdoor sports gear and apparel. Prior to Backcountry, Cox served in various senior leadership roles, including as CEO of women’s fashion retailer Wet Seal and interim CEO of rue21. She is replacing Jennifer Baxter Moser on the board. Moser, a managing director at TSG Consumer and a Revolve director since 2012, submitted her resignation from the board on July 28.
Revolve Group is a fashion retailer for millennial and Generation Z consumers, selling apparel, footwear, accessories and beauty styles.
Brian Beitler resigned as chief marketing and brand development officer of J.Jill, Inc.. effective Aug. 21, according to a company filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Beitler will also cease to serve in any other director or officer position held with any of the company’s affiliates.
Canada Goose appointed Adam Meek to the new role of general manager of footwear and accessories.
Meek will lead the ongoing development and execution of the company’s global footwear strategy, as well as oversee the brand’s accessories collection. He brings more than 20 years of global footwear experience to this role, having held leadership positions with prominent global brands including Sperry, Nike and Lacoste Footwear. Most recently, Meek served as senior vice president of product at Sperry-Wolverine Worldwide, where he led global product teams in footwear.
He will report to Woody Blackford, executive vice president of product, who joined the company in November to lead the global product strategy as the company continues to focus on category expansion and innovation.
Nike Inc. said Felicia Mayo will lead a new team as chief talent, diversity and culture officer at the company.
Mayo succeeds Kellie Leonard, who has decided to leave the company to pursue other interests, according to Nike. Leonard played a significant role in communications at Nike both as vice president for North America and for global corporate and employee communications, and most recently served as Nike’s chief diversity and inclusion officer.
Mayo joins Nike from Tesla, where she served as vice president of human resources and diversity and inclusion.
The United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA) announced that its board of directors elected Anna Walker, vice president of public affairs at Levi Strauss & Co., as its new chair.
Walker has been a member of the USFIA board since 2014 and served as vice chair since 2017. She succeeds Michael Singer, vice president of customs and social compliance at Macy’s Merchandising Group.
Since joining Levi Strauss in 2004, Walker has worked to support LS&Co.’s business strategy and strengthen the company’s reputation by anticipating and shaping external public policy and stakeholder initiatives. She also leads LS&Co.’s community affairs program, developing strategy for community grants and employee giving and volunteerism programs globally.
Replacing Walker as vice chair is Christopher Lucas, director and associate general counsel for American Eagle Outfitters. Lucas has been a member of the USFIA board of directors since 2018.
United Nations secretary-general António Guterres appointed Pamela Coke-Hamilton, who had been director of the UN Conference on Trade and Development’s (UNcTAD) division on international trade and commodities, as the new executive director of the International Trade Centre (ITC) in Geneva.
ITC is a joint agency of UNCTAD and the World Trade Organization. It enables micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) in developing and transition economies to become more competitive and connect to international markets for trade and investment.
Coke-Hamilton served as a director at UNCTAD for two years. Previously, she was executive director of the Caribbean Export Development Agency.
UPS promoted Laura Lane to chief corporate affairs and communications officer.
Lane will join UPS’s executive leadership team and report directly to CEO Carol Tomé. She will oversee public policy and government affairs, public relations, employee communications and the UPS Foundation.
Lane began her UPS career as president of global public affairs in 2011. In this role, she was responsible for worldwide government affairs activities. She currently serves as co-chair of the President’s Advisory Council on Doing Business in Africa (PAC-DBIA). She is also a member of the board of UNHCR USA and previously served as a U.S. government appointed delegate for the APEC Business Advisory Council.