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Shuffle Board: New Chair at JD Sports Fashion, CEOs Named at Lion Brothers and DCA

Retail

JD Sports

JD Sports Fashion, a retailer of sports, fashion and outdoor brands, announced that Andy Higginson was appointed as chair of the company, effective July 11.

The appointment follows an extensive search process undertaken by the board with the support of an external executive search firm.

Higginson has more than 28 years of continuous non-executive director experience on public limited company (PLC) boards, including senior leadership roles over nearly 15 years at Tesco. Most recently, he was chair of William Morrison Supermarkets PLC from January 2015 until the takeover of the business by private equity firm CD&R LLP in November 2021. He is also currently senior independent director at Flutter PLC.

Based in Bury, England, JD Sports Fashion has more than 900 stores worldwide.

Digital Commerce Alliance

JD Sports Fashion appointed Andy Higginson as chair, and Lion Brothers and the Digital Commerce Alliance named new CEOs.
Dan Currell Courtesy

The Digital Commerce Alliance (DCA) named Dan Currell as CEO.

Currell will lead the global trade association in its mission to promote collaboration, education and technology standards in the areas of digital commerce, card-linking, mobile wallets and financial data.

Currell most recently served as managing director at Advance Law. Previously, he was deputy undersecretary and senior advisor in the U.S. Department of Education. The Digital Commerce Alliance includes digital commerce companies such as Microsoft, Bank of America, Mastercard, Google, Vantage Score, TransUnion, Rakuten and Cardlytics.

Brands

Browzwear

Browzwear, a provider of 3D digital solutions for the fashion industry, announced that Renaud Delcroix, a former senior executive at digital supply network Tracelink, was joining the company as vice president for Europe to accelerate growth throughout the region.

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For designers, Browzwear facilitates collection development, opening opportunities to create iterations of styles. For technical designers and patternmakers, Browzwear rapidly fits graded garments to any body model with accurate, true-motion material replication. For manufacturers, Browzwear’s tech pack delivers everything needed to produce physical garments.

Lion Brothers Company

Lion Brothers Company, a designer and manufacturer of apparel identity and customization, announced that Christopher Heyn joined the company as president and CEO.

Most recently, Heyn served as CEO of Southern Tide, a lifestyle apparel brand. Earlier in his career, Heyn was CEO and chairman of sportswear marketer Summit Golf Brands.

Lion Brothers integrates technology and advances in material science to deliver innovation to licensed sports, lifestyle, fashion, promotional and workwear apparel brands. The privately held company is headquartered in Owings Mills, Md., with manufacturing facilities and support organizations serving the Americas, Asia and Europe.

Trade

Kelley Drye & Warren

Kelley Drye & Warren LLP announced that Laurie Rubiner has joined the firm as senior government relations counsel.

Drawing from her extensive experience in the U.S. Senate and the national public policy arena, Rubiner will provide Kelley Drye clients with strategic guidance and counseling, devise and implement comprehensive advocacy campaigns, and help build coalitions with allied stakeholders.

In the Senate, she served as chief of staff to Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D.-Conn.), legislative director to then-Sen. Hillary Clinton and legislative assistant to the late-Sen. John Chafee. Recently, Rubiner served as special counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee for the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

Logistics

ShipBob

ShipBob, a global omni-fulfillment platform, appointed Lara Morgenthaler as chief people officer.

Morgenthaler will work with the C-suite to continue a mission of global expansion, while putting people and the ShipBob success story at the forefront. Morgenthaler began her career in the dot-com boom at Trilogy Software and has overseen human resources in a variety of roles for more than 20 years with companies such as Newell Rubbermaid, Amazon and most recently Epic Games, the maker of Fortnite.

With a valuation of more than $1 billion, ShipBob supports automated EDI fulfillment for more than 60 retailers, including Target, Chewy, Neiman Marcus, Macy’s, Ulta, Nordstrom and Petco.