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Shuffle Board: Macy’s Names Center Core SVP, SAC Taps Two, New Rocky Brands COO, Red Wing CEO

Retail

Macy’s

Macy’s named Julie Walsh as senior vice president and general business manager of Center Core and Beauty.

Walsh currently serves as Macy’s vice president and divisional business manager for fragrances. In her new role, she will be responsible for leading and driving the Center Core and Beauty merchandise organization, including beauty, jewelry, handbags, shoes and accessories. Walsh will report to Nata Dvir, chief merchandising officer of Macy’s.

Walsh has held various leadership positions within Macy’s merchant organization, including experience in fine jewelry, prestige cosmetics and most recently, fragrances. Walsh, who has led high-visibility brand launches and experiential store activations, began her career as an executive trainee at Macy’s.

Nordstrom

Nordstrom Inc. announced that chief financial officer (CFO) Anne Bramman informed the company of her intention to step down from her role.

Bramman will remain with Nordstrom through the reporting of Nordstrom’s third quarter 2022 financial results to facilitate a smooth transition. Her last day with the company will be Dec. 2.

Michael Maher, Nordstrom’s senior vice president and chief accounting officer, will assume the role of interim CFO upon Bramman’s departure. Nordstrom has commenced an internal and external search process to identify a permanent CFO.

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Qurate Retail Group

Linda Aiello

Qurate Retail Group announced that Linda Aiello will be appointed as chief people officer (CPO), effective Oct. 31.

As CPO, Aiello will oversee the full team member-related portfolio, including team member experience and talent management, diversity, equity and inclusion, people and organization. Aiello will report to David L. Rawlinson II, president and CEO of Qurate Retail.

Most recently, Aiello served as chief people and culture officer at Stitch Fix, an online personalized shopping and styling experiences. Prior to Stitch Fix, she spent more than five years as a senior people executive at Salesforce.

Qurate Retail Group comprises seven leading retail brands–QVC, HSN, Zulily, Ballard Designs, Frontgate, Garnet Hill and Grandin Road. Qurate Retail Group is the largest player in video commerce, which includes video-driven shopping across linear TV, e-commerce sites, digital streaming and social platforms.

Asos

Asos announced that non-executive director Eugenia Ulasewicz has decided not to seek re-election and will step down from the board at the conclusion of the company’s annual which is expected to be held on Jan. 11, 2023. Non-executive director Luke Jensen has decided not to seek re-election and will be stepping down from the board at the end of his term on Oct. 31, 2022.

“On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank Eugenia and Luke for their significant contribution to ASOS and we wish them well for the future,” said Asos chair Jørgen Lindemann.

Brands

Rocky Brands

Rocky Brands Inc. announced that chief financial officer (CFO) Tom Robertson was promoted to the newly created position of chief operating officer (COO). As COO, Robertson will be responsible for overseeing day-to-day business operations of the company.

Robertson has served as executive vice president, CFO and treasurer since May 2018.

A search for a new CFO will begin immediately and Robertson will continue to serve in the role until the company identifies his replacement. The company also announced that David Dixon, president of manufacturing and sourcing operations, has stepped down from his role.

Rocky Brands is a designer, manufacturer and marketer of footwear and apparel marketed under a portfolio of brand that include Rocky, Georgia Boot, Durango, Lehigh, The Original Muck Boot Company, XTRATUF, Servus and Ranger.

Red Wing Shoe

Red Wing Shoe Company’s board announced Allison Gettings as president and CEO effective Jan. 1, 2023.

Gettings, who is currently president, will assume the role of CEO following the planned retirement of Mark Urdahl who has served as the company’s CEO since 2016.

Allison Gettings will become Red Wing’s CEO on Jan. 1, 2023.

Gettings will become the 10th CEO and first woman to lead Red Wing Shoe Company since it was founded in 1905. She has worked at the company for 14 years in a variety of roles with increasing responsibilities. During this time, Gettings spearheaded the launch of Red Wing’s Women’s Heritage product line, reimagined the company’s Outdoor business as president of its Vasque brand and helped set the stage for delivering a seamless omnichannel customer experience. In her most recent position as president, Gettings established the company’s first dedicated corporate social responsibility department, which is focused on further advancing Red Wing Shoe Company’s commitments to the environment and the community.

Gettings is the great granddaughter of J.R. Sweasy, who served as president and CEO from 1921-1949 and the first fourth-generation family member to run the company.

“Allison is the right choice to lead Red Wing and build upon the important work that Mark has led to position the company for the future,” board chairman Bill Sweasy said. “She brings a deep understanding of the company’s business, customers and values, having worked across many different functions over more than a decade at the company. She’s widely respected for her strategic thinking and ability to bring people together, and I am confident that she’s prepared to guide Red Wing Shoe Company as it enters its next chapter. I also want to thank Mark for his many contributions and leadership over the past 18 years, including the past seven as CEO/President during an unprecedented time amid the global pandemic.”

Sustainability

Sustainable Apparel Coalition

The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), an organization that brings together around half of the apparel industry to enable positive social and environmental impact at scale, appointed Lee Green as senior director of marketing and communications, and Nadia York as chief of staff.

Green will be responsible for overseeing all the communications and marketing activities to ensure SAC’s work is effectively communicated to all stakeholders and the organization continues to affirm its position as a critical partner for transforming the industry to positively impact people and the planet.

York will work closely with the leadership team and board of directors to provide strategic support and create synergy within the organization to ensure teams are working effectively and efficiently in support of the organizational objectives and priorities.

Prior to joining the SAC, Green was director of communications at The Consumer Goods Forum for 10 years. During his time there, Lee led the re-branding of the organization and oversaw all communications related to the organization’s eight Coalitions of Action and five global events. Before joining the SAC, York worked as chief of staff for the U.K. ambassador in Paris, and later moved into the corporate world, joining Credit Lyonnais.

Logistics

XPO Logistics

XPO Logistics Inc., a provider of freight transportation services, announced that Jason Kerr will become chief accounting officer of RXO, the planned spin-off of XPO’s brokered transportation platform.

Kerr has joined XPO as chief accounting officer for the North American transportation division. He reports to Jamie Harris, who will be chief financial officer of RXO, and currently serves as chief financial officer, North American transportation.

XPO expects to complete the distribution of RXO shares on Nov. 1.

Technology

Browzwear

Stijn Hendrikse

Browzwear, a provider of 3D digital solutions for the fashion industry, announced that Stijn Hendrikse joined the company as chief growth officer.

With over 20 years of experience leading business development and sales strategies for B2B and B2C technology companies, Hendrikse is well-positioned to leverage Browzwear’s strong, competitive positioning to drive continued global expansion.  Prior to joining Browzwear, he served as CMO or CEO for numerous start-up and scale-up companies, including MightyCall and Acumatica.

Worldwide, more than 350 organizations such as Columbia Sportswear, PVH Group and VF Corporation leverage Browzwear’s open platform to streamline processes, collaborate and pursue data-driven production strategies so they can sell more while manufacturing less, which increases both ecological and economic sustainability.

Additional reporting by Jessica Binns.