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Shuffle Board: Nike Names Williams Jordan Brand President, FlipKart CEO Resigns



Nike Inc. announced Craig A. Williams will become president of the Jordan brand, effective Jan. 14. Larry Miller, current Jordan brand president, will become chairman of the newly created Jordan brand Advisory Board.

Williams joins Jordan brand from the Coca-Cola Co., where he most recently served as senior vice president of Coca-Cola Co. and president of the McDonald’s Division Worldwide.

Miller has served as president of Jordan brand since 2012, after previously holding the role from 1999 to 2006. In the interim, he served as president of the National Basketball Association’s Portland Trail Blazers.

Miller helped build and expand the brand domestically and around the world. During his tenure, he lead the Jordan brand into new areas, including the Jordan women’s line of footwear, partnerships with college football teams, an increasing global presence with Jordan stores around the world and a partnership with the Paris Saint-Germain Football Club.

Levi Strauss & Co.

Levi Strauss & Co. appointed Diana Dimitian, currently managing director of Canada, as vice president and managing director for South Europe. Dimitian will take on the new role at the end of November.

In her new capacity, Dimitian will be responsible for leading the company’s operations for South Europe, which includes France, the company’s largest European market, along with Spain, Portugal and Italy. Dimitian will report to Seth Ellison, executive vice president and president of Levi Strauss Europe.

As managing director for the Canadian market for the past three years, Dimitian and her team achieved double digit revenue growth and outperformed the marketplace in every tier. Before joining Levi Strauss, Dimitian led omnichannel sales for ECCO Canada.

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Dimitian replaces Santiago Cucci, who after five successful years in the role, has been promoted to a newly created role of senior vice president and managing director for the U.S., also effective at the end of November. Cucci and Dimitian will be collaborating between now and then to ensure business continuity as they transition smoothly into their new roles.

The North Face

VF Corp. appointed Jan Van Leeuwen to the position of vice president and general manager of The North Face, Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region. Van Leeuwen will also serve on the global leadership team for The North Face brand.

In this role, Van Leeuwen will lead The North Face brand and its business in EMEA, translating the global strategy into effective consumer engagement and marketplace execution. He will be responsible for driving the brand’s momentum and building on its 11 consecutive quarters of double-digit growth in the EMEA region.

Since joining VF in 2011, Van Leeuwen has held various roles with increasing responsibility within the Vans brand, EMEA, including most recently serving as vice president and general manager.



Binny Bansal resigned as CEO of Flipkart Group. His decision follows an independent investigation done on behalf of Flipkart and Walmart into an allegation of serious personal misconduct, which Bansal strongly denies, Walmart said. Walmart completed its investment giving it controlling interest in Flipkart, India’s leading e-commerce marketplace platform, as it ramps up its online and global presence, in August.

Walmart said while the investigation did not find evidence to corroborate the complainant’s assertions against Bamsal, it did reveal other lapses in judgement, particularly a lack of transparency, related to how he responded to the situation. Because of this, Walmart said it has accepted his decision to resign.

Kalyan Krishnamurthy will continue to be CEO of Flipkart, which will now include Myntra and Jabong, continuing to operate as separate platforms within the Flipkart business, the company said. Ananth Narayanan will continue as CEO of Myntra and Jabong, and will report into Kalyan. Sameer Nigam will continue leading PhonePe as CEO. Both Kalyan and Sameer will report directly into the board.