Li & Fung appointed Darren Palfrey to the newly created role of chief digital officer (CDO) to accelerate its digital strategy. As CDO, Palfrey will focus on realizing Li & Fung’s vision of the supply chain of the future and build the LF Digital Platform–a fully integrated digital platform that connects suppliers, customers and other partners with end-to-end visibility.
The appointment highlights the company’s focus on continuing to build on the strong progress it has already made in its three-year plan that began in 2017 themed on speed, innovation and digitalization. This includes the development of 3-D design capabilities that contribute to increasing the speed of customers supply chains and reducing, on average, 20 percent of the lead time from design to store.
Palfrey most recently was a co-founder and chief operating officer of Gravity Supply Chain. He was previously divisional director of supply chain at Allport, development director at Uniserve Group and in the supply chain team at TTC Global.
Express Inc. announced the departure of CEO David Kornberg. He will remain employed by the company through Feb. 21.
The board of directors appointed Matthew Moellering as interim CEO and interim president until a permanent CEO and president is appointed. Moellering has served as the company’s executive vice president and chief operating officer since September 2011, and will continue to serve as such during his tenure as interim CEO and interim president.
Abercrombie & Fitch
Abercrombie & Fitch Co. announced the election of two new independent board members. Helen McCluskey, former president and CEO of Warnaco Group Inc., and Nigel Travis, chairman of Dunkin’ Brands Group Inc., will join Abercrombie & Fitch Co.’s board of directors, effective Feb. 3. With these additions, Abercrombie & Fitch Co.’s board expands to 10 directors.
Prior to serving as Warnaco’s CEO, McCluskey was chief operating officer and group president. Before that, she served as president for moderate women’s sportswear at Liz Claiborne Inc.
McCluskey is currently a director of Dean Foods Company and is a member of its audit and compensation committees. She also serves as a director of Avon Products Inc., and is chair of its compensation and management development committee.
Travis had been CEO of Dunkin’ Brands Group before becoming chairman. Prior to that, he was president and CEO at Papa John’s International. Travis currently serves as a director of Advance Auto Parts and Office Depot.
Puma appointed Arne Freundt as regional general manager for Europe and EEMEA (Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa). In this position, Freundt, currently Puma’s global director of retail and e-commerce, will continue to report to Puma CEO Bjørn Gulden.
Freundt succeeds Martyn Bowen, who has been serving in this role since 2015. Bowen joined Puma more than 20 years ago and held various management positions within the organization. He has decided to leave the company to pursue personal interests.
The L Catterton International Private Equity Fund appointed Matteo Anchisi as the new CEO of Dondup.
As the Dondup CEO, he will focus on strategic goals, such as strengthening the brand on the international and digital level. He will also look to enhancing the brand’s corporate culture that is closely linked to the Made in Italy aspect, driven by Dondup’s denim culture. Special emphasis will be given to environmentally sustainable products and processes, such as the recent launch of the D/Zero project.
Anchisi first joined the Italian fashion firm in 2016 as sales director and global marketing manager and was promoted to chief operating officer in 2018.
Duckworth, which manufactures and markets merino wool apparel, hired Andy Wunsch as CEO.
Most recently, Wunsch headed business execution at W. L. Gore’s hunting brand, Sitka Gear. Prior to that, Wunsch was director of sales and service at Simms Fishing Products.
Duckworth is a Montana source-verified wool company that uses 100 percent Helle Rambouillet merino wool, processed and built in the U.S.