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Shuffle Board: CEO Changes at Tapestry and Giambattista Valli, and Key Appointments at Nike

Brands

Tapestry

Tapestry Inc. announced that Jide Zeitlin, chairman and CEO, resigned from the company and its board of directors for personal reasons.

As a result, Joanne Crevoiserat, chief financial officer (CFO), was appointed interim CEO of Tapestry Inc. Todd Kahn, president, chief administrative officer and company secretary, will serve as interim CEO and brand president of Coach, and Andrea Shaw Resnick, global head of investor relations and corporate communications, was named interim CFO of the company.

Additionally, Susan Kropf, the company’s lead independent director, was appointed chair of the board. The company is commencing a search for a permanent CEO, which will include internal and external candidates.

Kropf was appointed lead independent director in September and has served on the board since 2006. From 2001 to January 2007, she was president and chief operating officer of Avon Products.

Crevoiserat was appointed CFO of Tapestry on Aug. 1, 2019. Prior to that, she was executive vice president and chief operating officer at Abercrombie & Fitch Co.

Kahn has served as president, chief administrative officer and secretary of Tapestry since May 2016, and has since March 2020 led the revenue generating business units of the Coach brand on an interim basis. In addition to his current roles, Kahn served as chief legal officer from May 2016 through March 2020.

Resnick joined the company in 2000, prior to its initial public offering. Before that, she was a director and senior portfolio manager with HSBC Asset Management Americas in New York.

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Tapestry’s band portfolio includes Coach, Kate Spade and Stuart Weitzman.

Nike

Nike announced a series of senior leadership changes supporting the company’s Consumer Direct Acceleration (CDA). The CDA, announced in June, is a new digitally empowered phase of Nike’s strategy to unlock long-term growth and profitability. The CDA will create a more premium, consistent and seamless consumer experience across Nike’s owned and strategic partner ecosystem, align around a new simpler consumer construct and also unify investments in an end-to-end technology foundation to accelerate our digital transformation.

Aligning against the new consumer construct, Amy Montagne becomes vice president (VP) and general manager (GM) of men’s, Whitney Malkiel becomes VP and GM for women’s, and McCallester Dowers becomes VP and GM of Kids. They will all report to Michael Spillane, who becomes president of consumer creation.

In the Nike brand’s geographic operating segments, Nike announced new leaders in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and in Asia Pacific and Latin America (APLA). Carl Grebert becomes VP and GM for EMEA, succeeding Bert Hoyt, who will retire from Nike later in 2020 after 22 years with the company. Sarah Mensah succeeds Grebert, becoming VP and GM of APLA. Ann Hebert and Angela Dong will remain the VPs and GMs for North America and Greater China geographies, respectively. All geography leaders report to Heidi O’Neill, president of consumer and marketplace.

Driving continued growth across the Nike Inc. brand portfolio, Craig A. Williams, president of the Jordan Brand, and G. Scott Uzzell, president and CEO of Converse Inc., join Nike’s executive leadership team, reporting to John Donahoe.

Montagne is a 15-year Nike veteran, most recently leading the entire global category portfolio as VP and GM of Global Categories. Malkiel is a 17-year NIKE veteran, most recently serving as VP and GM of specialty categories.

Dowers is a 24-year company veteran, serving in various North America leadership roles. Grebert has been with the company for 23 years, most recently serving as VP and GM of APLA.

Mensah most recently served as VP and GM of sportswear in APLA. Williams joined Nike in January 2019 from The Coca-Cola Co., where he most recently served as senior VP and president of The McDonald’s Division Worldwide. Uzzell also joined the company in January 2019 from The Coca-Cola Co. where he most recently served as president, Venturing & Emerging Brands Group.

Giambattista Valli

Giambattista Valli and Artémis appointed Charlotte Werner as CEO of the Maison Giambattista Valli Paris.

Werner will be responsible for implementing the next growth phase of the company. Since 2015, she was working at Louis Vuitton, in charge of strategic projects for senior executive management and then responsible for women’s leather goods fashion collections. Werner began her career in management consulting at McKinsey & Company.

Sandrine Valverde who, alongside president Giambattista Valli, has set up the commercial organization, production and distribution of the company since its creation, was appointed advisor to Valli.

Giambattista Valli develops haute couture and ready-to-wear collections and has an international footprint. Majority-owned by Valli, the company also includes Artémis, a holding company of the Pinault family, as shareholder since 2017.

Retail

Dollar Tree

Dollar Tree Inc. promoted Michael A. Witynski, enterprise president, to president and CEO. Gary Philbin, who joined Dollar Tree in 2001 and became CEO in 2017, is retiring after a successful retail career of more than 40 years.

To facilitate a smooth transition, Philbin will remain with the company as an executive and member of the board of directors through Sept. 23.

Prior to joining Dollar Tree in 2010, Witynski held senior leadership roles in merchandising, marketing, private brands and operations during his 29 years in the grocery industry.

Philbin joined Dollar Tree in 2001 as senior vice president of stores and then was promoted to positions of increasing responsibility. In September 2017, he became president and CEO.

Dollar Tree operated 15,370 stores across 48 states and five Canadian provinces as of May 2. Stores operate under the brands of Dollar Tree, Family Dollar and Dollar Tree Canada.

Tailored Brands

Tailored Brands announced that Jack Calandra, executive vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer, will leave the company as of July 31.

In the near term, Calandra’s responsibilities will be divided between president and CEO Dinesh Lathi Lathi, and Holly Etlin, a managing director at AlixPartners who has been appointed to the newly created role of chief restructuring officer, reporting directly to Lathi. Etlin brings more than 30 years of restructuring experience and a deep expertise in retail, and has been working closely with the executive team and board of directors as an advisor since late March.

BJ’s Wholesale Club

BJ’s Wholesale Club Holdings announced that Monica Schwartz will join the company as senior vice president and chief digital officer, effective Aug. 3.

Schwartz will be responsible for the strategic leadership of the company’s digital business and will report directly to BJ’s president and CEO, Lee Delaney.

BJ’s has built a robust digital offering. In recent years, the company has launched an improved website, mobile app, digital coupons, buy online, pick-up in store, same-day grocery delivery and more. Schwartz will continue to build on these capabilities and drive further enhancement to deliver value and convenience to members.

Most recently, Schwartz was vice president of online merchandising at Home Depot. Prior to that, she held various leadership positions at Nine West Holdings, Stuart Weitzman, David Yurman and eBay.

Headquartered in Westborough, Mass., BJ’s Wholesale Club is a leading operator of membership warehouse clubs in the Eastern United States. The company operates 218 clubs and 147 BJ’s Gas locations in 17 states.

Logistics

Tigers

Tigers appointed Jana Schebera as its new managing director, China, adding a further layer of freight forwarding expertise as the logistics provider continues to find growth in Asia.

Prior to moving to Tigers, Schebera spent more than a decade in the industry holding positions that included managing director for Hong Kong and South China at Rhenus Logistics, and business development roles at M+R Spedag Group. She will be based at Tigers’ Tsing Yi e-commerce fulfillment facility in Hong Kong.

Crowley Maritime

Crowley Maritime Corporation announced that Brett Bennett will join the company on Aug. 3 as senior vice president and general manager of Crowley Logistics, the company’s largest business unit with more than $1 billion in annual revenue. He will report to Ray Fitzgerald, Crowley’s chief operating officer, and work from the corporate headquarters in Jacksonville, Fla.

Bennett comes to Crowley from Wallenius Wilhelmsen Solutions, where he served as senior vice president and head of global terminals and stevedoring. He has more than 25 years of experience focused on transportation and end-to-end logistics, including a 12-year stint with Damco Distribution Services, Maersk’s logistics arm. While there, he served as chief operating officer-USA and vice president of operations and strategic client management.

Bennett is succeeding Steve Collar, who retired last month after a 43-year career with Crowley.

Technology

Berkshire Grey

Berkshire Grey, a robotics and AI company developing retail, e-commerce, and logistics fulfillment automation for global companies, appointed Neil Berry as senior vice president (SVP) and general manager (GM), EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa).

Reporting to Steve Johnson, president and chief operating officer of Berkshire Grey, Berry will lead the company’s European expansion strategy, to meet the growing needs of the company’s global customers while capturing the significant market opportunity offered in EMEA. Berry will open an office and headquarters location in Europe and build a distributed team spanning the region.

Previously, Berry served as SVP and GM of Intelex, a global enterprise software company.

Pitney Bowes

Pitney Bowes Inc., a global technology company that provides solutions in the areas of e-commerce, shipping, mailing and financial services, appointed Gregg Zegras to the position of executive vice president of the company and president of global e-commerce, which includes the company’s fulfillment, delivery and returns services. Zegras will report directly to Marc Lautenbach, president and CEO of Pitney Bowes.

Zegras joined Pitney Bowes in 2013 and has served in several leadership positions, most recently as chief commercial officer, where he led product management, pre-sales, sales, client success and customer care for the global e-commerce business.