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Shuffle Board: Levi’s Taps Sustainability Chief, Wolverine Names Innovation VP, All-Pro Star on Board at Dick’s


Levi Strauss

Jeff Hogue joined Levi Strauss & Co. as chief sustainability officer, effective July 20.

Originally from California, Hogue spent the past six years in Brussels, where he served as chief sustainability officer at C&A, a fashion retailer with operations in 20 countries. While in that role, he developed the company’s first global sustainability strategy and built a global team to integrate sustainability across the business.

The company said Hogue arrives at a time when the COVID-19 pandemic has reinforced the notion that it must continue innovating to make its products and operations more sustainable, and that building an economically and environmentally resilient business is key to addressing the overlapping challenges that need to be confronted as an industry, from climate risks and resource stress to consumption and gender inequality.


Wolverine World Wide Inc. appointed Barry McGeough as vice president of advanced concepts and innovation. McGeough, who is bringing more than 20 years of experience working with predictive analytics and technology and apparel integration to the newly created role, will help the company leverage new technologies, materials and other advancements to drive big ideas, product innovations and digital transformation improvements in the customer experience.

McGeough’s previous professional achievements range from founding and leading PVH Corp.’s global innovation division for brands like Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger, to building footwear and technical gear for The North Face and spearheading product innovation at Speedo.

In his new role, McGeough will prioritize driving digital transformation and product innovation across Wolverine’s portfolio of 12 brands. These include Merrell, Sperry, Hush Puppies, Saucony, Wolverine, Keds, Stride Rite, Chaco, Bates and HYTEST. Wolverine is also the global footwear licensee of Cat and Harley-Davidson.

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The Prada Group appointed Christopher Bugg as group communication director.

In his role, Bugg oversees Prada Group’s communications strategy and communications across its brands. He reports to Lorenzo Bertelli, Prada group head of marketing.

Bugg joined the Prada Group in January as Prada marketing and communication director for Asia. Before that, he was in Paris where he was the global digital communication director at Louis Vuitton. Previously, Bugg was based in New York, serving as global vice president of digital marketing for Calvin Klein.


Ocean State Innovations

Ocean State Innovations, a textile converter, appointed Mary Shalkowski as vice president of finance.

Shalkowski joins Ocean State with extensive finance experience gathered from a broad range of responsibilities, most recently at Cranston Printworks. She will be based out of the company’s headquarters in Portsmouth, R.I.

Founded in 1913 as Brand and Oppenheimer Company, in 2019, Brand and Oppenheimer became Ocean State Innovations to continue the tradition of quality textiles, while focusing on the company’s innovative industry expertise and strong Rhode Island roots. In 2020, Ocean State acquired the assets of Color Works, a textile dyer and finisher located in Elizabethton, Tenn. Ocean State is now bringing that same innovative textile expertise it brought to manufacturing for the U.S. military to many commercial market segments, such as apparel, medical, industrial and automotive.


Dick’s Sporting Goods

Dick’s Sporting Goods Inc. announced that Larry Fitzgerald, Jr., an 11-time Pro Bowl wide receiver for the National Football League’s Arizona Cardinals, was named to the company’s board of directors.

Fitzgerald joined the Sports Matter Advisory Board of the Dick’s Sporting Goods Foundation in 2018 to help inspire and enable youth sports participation, and he recently purchased a minority ownership stake in the National Basketball Association’s Phoenix Suns.

In 2017, Fitzgerald was a co-winner of the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award, which recognizes a player for excellence on and off the field.

Dick’s is an omnichannel sporting goods retailer offering an extensive assortment of sports equipment, apparel, footwear and accessories. As of May 2, the company operated 726 Dick’s Sporting Goods locations across the U.S. Headquartered in Pittsburgh, the company also owns and operates the Golf Galaxy and Field & Stream specialty stores.

Cambridge Retail Advisors

Cambridge Retail Advisors (CRA), an independent retail store and restaurant consulting firm founded in November, announced that Ken Morris joined its leadership team as a managing partner.

Morris brings extensive retail operations and information technology (IT) experience to the team. Prior to joining CRA, he was co-founder and principal at Boston Retail Partners (BRP) where his leadership rapidly scaled the team to help hundreds of retailers optimize their IT and operations. BRP was acquired by EarthLink in 2016, which was later acquired by Windstream in 2017. Previously, he was CEO and president of LakeWest Group and founder of CFT Consulting and CFT Systems, a retail software company.



UPS announced that its board of directors appointed Angela Hwang to the board.

Hwang is a member of Pfizer’s executive team and is group president of the Pfizer Biopharmaceuticals Group. In this role, she leads more than 26,000 global colleagues and has responsibility for bringing over 600 innovative medicines and products to patients around the world.

Hwang also sits on the boards of the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations, as well as the Pfizer Foundation, a charitable organization that addresses global health challenges. Her appointment brings the total number of directors to 13. She is joining the board’s audit committee.


SVT Robotics

SVT Robotics announced that former Walmart Inc. executive Cameron Geiger will serve as company advisor.

As a 30-year business executive, Geiger has held multiple executive leadership roles across supply chain and technology for Walmart, Walmart International and Sam’s Club. His expertise includes sourcing, inventory, transportation, logistics and automation. Geiger is currently the chief supply chain officer for Trimark USA.

Having worked with both startups and large technology providers, Geiger will also advise SVT Robotics on the best approaches to expand the functionality and use of their software platform, including which features are most beneficial to customers, as well as robotics and software OEMs, from an automation and supply chain perspective.

Pitney Bowes

Pitney Bowes, a global technology company that provides commerce solutions in the areas of shipping, mailing, data and e-commerce, announced the election of Sheila A. Stamps to its board of directors, effective Sept. 1.

The election of Stamps to the Pitney Bowes board of directors will bring the total number of directors to 10. She will serve on the audit and executive compensation committees.

Stamps currently serves on the boards of Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc., CIT Group, Inc. and CIT Bank, N.A. She is also a member of the board of IES Abroad, a non-profit organization facilitating global educational opportunities and internships. She is a former commissioner and audit committee chair for the board of the New York State Insurance Fund, the state’s largest worker’s compensation insurance provider.

One Door

One Door Inc., a provider of cloud-based visual merchandising software, appointed Jen Loesch, CEO of Minnesota-based BreathableBaby, to its board of directors. A retail industry veteran, Loesch brings over 20 years of experience as a merchandising, marketing, product development and operations leader to One Door.

Over the course of her career, Loesch has held a broad range of consumer-packaged goods and retail leadership roles, including general manager of Sojos Pet Food and six years as vice president of merchandising for Petco. Prior to that, Loesch held retail leadership roles at Target and Best Buy.