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Executive Roundup: Céline Taps Berluti Executive as New CEO, Puma Names New North America President


Barneys EVP and creative director Dennis Freedman exited the retailer. Daniella Vitale, Barneys CEO, informed staff that Freedman will be pursuing other career opportunities. Vitale also said Freedman will be the future curator of a Barneys New York project featuring the iconic work of artist Louise Bourgeois in May. A successor has not been announced for Freedman yet.


Puma named Bob Philion as its new president of Puma North America. Philion joined Puma in 2005 and most recently served as the CEO and president of Cobra Puma Golf for the past seven years. In his new role, Philion will be responsible for leading the international Cobra Puma Golf business. He succeeds former Puma North America president Jay Piccola, who is retiring from the company after 20 years of service.

Maison Margiela

Maison Margiela tapped former Diesel executive Riccardo Bellini as its new CEO. Bellini recently served as the EVP of branding at Diesel and Diesel Black Gold. His resume also includes previous leadership roles at Procter & Gamble and Unilever. He will succeed Giovanni Pungetti, who will oversee all of OTB (Margiela’s parent) companies, including Diesel, Marni and Staff International, in Asia, as the new CEO of the Greater China region.

Southern Tide

Southern Tide announced two new hires this week. Craig O’ Brien was named as the new creative director and Jessica Zaro was appointed as the new director of women’s design. O’Brien joins Southern Tide from Vineyard Vines, where he recently served as the VP of men’s design. Zaro comes to Southern Tide from an extensive apparel background as well and has held various leadership roles at Lilly Pulitzer, Shoshanna and Tori Richard.

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Céline tapped Berluti executive Séverine Merle as its new CEO, effective April 1. Merle currently serves as EVP of Berluti and the interim CEO of Céline following the departure of former Céline CEO Marco Gobbetti, who left the label in January to become Burberry’s new CEO. Merle is a veteran of Céline’s parent company, LVMH, where she held leadership roles at Kenzo and Louis Vuitton. Berluti has not confirmed a successor for Merle yet.


After 20 years of service, Enrique Hernandez, Jr. is retiring from Nordstrom’s Board of Directors and will not be seeking re-election at the end of his current term in May 2017. During his tenure at Nordstrom, Hernandez served as lead director, chairman and presiding director on the company’s Board.


U.K.-based retailer Reiss appointed Christos Angelides as its new CEO as part of its recent succession plan. With over 30 years of retail experience, Angelides joins Reiss from Abercrombie & Fitch, where he recently served as the U.S. brand’s president. Andy Lawrence was also appointed as head of international at Reiss. Lawrence was previously head of Korea and Taiwan and senior director of business development for Ralph Lauren’s Asia Pacific business.