HBC appointed Vanessa LeFebvre as president of its Lord & Taylor division, with a goal of leading the venerable retailer’s progression in reimagining its regional department store model. LeFebvre joins HBC from online retailer Stitch Fix, where she was responsible for setting strategy and merchandising direction for women’s, the primary business for the company.
After spending the first 10 years of her career as a buyer and divisional merchandise manager at L&T, LeFebvre went on to senior roles at several retailers, including Macy’s, TJX Cos. and Daffy’s. At Macy’s, LeFebvre was a key architect of Macy’s Backstage division, which she built into a multi-concept operation.
LeFebvre’s appointment is effective May 22. She will report to HBC CEO Helena Foulkes.
Bill Foudy will join Target Corp. as president of Target Sourcing Services on June 17. In this role, Foudy will oversee Target’s global sourcing organization, including strategy, operations, quality assurance, product safety and responsible sourcing initiatives. Target Sourcing Services has 14 offices around the world that facilitate production in 34 countries.
Foudy brings more than 25 years of experience in the sourcing industry to Target, and most recently worked for Walmart, where he led global sourcing. Prior to Walmart, Foudy led sourcing for Adidas and Nike. Foudy will report to Mark Tritton, executive vice president and chief merchandising officer at Target.
Mark Walsh was named CEO of the Avenue brand of women’s plus-size fashion apparel, footwear and accessories at Avenue Stores LLC, completing the evolution and expansion of the company’s senior leadership team.
Walsh succeeds Liz Williams, who has led Avenue through an extensive renewal and profitable growth transformation over the past six years. Walsh, a board member who began advising the company in 2017, joins a new management team that has grown over the past six months, including the appointments of Nancy Viall as chief merchandising officer and Steven Silbaugh as chief marketing officer in November, and more recently, Scott Hampson as chief operating officer and David Rhoads as chief financial officer.
Prior to joining Avenue, Walsh held posts as CEO of Bob’s Stores and Eastern Mountain Sports, group president of Liz Claiborne and executive vice president of e-commerce and strategic planning at J.Crew Group Inc.
The NRF Foundation has tapped Adam Lukoskie, an operations and program leader at the Teach For America education nonprofit, to oversee the Foundation’s RISE Up training and credentialing program and spearhead creation and execution of additional resources that prepare people for retail jobs and careers.
As vice president of the foundation, Lukoskie will oversee management of all major programs, ensure that efforts between the foundation and the National Retail Federation on advocacy, workforce issues and research are aligned. He will also develop strategies, programs and activities to maintain the foundation’s position leading philanthropic organization for the retail industry. Among Lukoskie’s other duties, he will oversee the foundation’s RISE Up program, multi-million-dollar scholarship portfolio, the NRF Job Board and the NRF Foundation’s student activities, including the Student Program at Retail’s Big Show.
Delta Galil Industries
Tim Baxter was named CEO of Delta Galil Premium Brands, a unit of Delta Galil Industries, a global manufacturer and marketer of branded and private label apparel. In his new post, Baxter is responsible for the 7 For All Mankind denim brand and Splendid lifestyle collection, both of which Delta Galil is targeting for growth.
With more than 26 years of expertise from Macy’s Inc., Baxter served in a range of merchandising categories, including executive vice president and general merchandising manager of ready-to-wear, with oversight for all categories at Macy’s, Macys.com, Macy’s Backstage off price concept and Bluemercury.
Differential Brands Group Inc. named Maria Borromeo as president of its Hudson Jeans division. Michael Buckley, CEO of Differential Brands Group, said Borromeo will oversee maximizing the growth potential for Hudson Jeans through implementation of a strategic vision and capitalizing on new product and marketing initiatives, while strengthening the brand’s digital and direct-to-consumer strategy.
Prior to joining Hudson, Borromeo was co-founder and CEO of luxury brand Thakoon, directing all aspects of the business’s development, culminating in its acquisition and shift to a direct-to-consumer model with Silas Chou’s Bright Fame Fashion.
Differential Brands Group operates companies in the premium apparel, footwear and accessories sectors, including Hudson, which designs and markets of women’s and men’s premium, branded denim and apparel; Robert Graham, an apparel and accessories brand, and Swim, a Scandinavian lifestyle brand.
Academy Sports + Outdoors
Ken C. Hicks was appointed chairman and CEO of Academy Ltd., which operates the Academy Sports + Outdoors, a sports, outdoor and recreation lifestyle retailer Hicks succeeds J.K. Symancyk, who is leaving the company to pursue another opportunity.
Hicks has been a member of the Academy board of managers and brings more than 30 years of senior merchandising, marketing and operational experience in the retail industry, including a six-year tenure as chairman and CEO of Foot Locker. Hicks has also served in executive positions at J.C. Penney Co., Payless ShoeSource, Home Shopping Network and May Department Stores.