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Shuffle Board: Pentland Appoints Three Directors, Nilit Names Harris North American Marketing Director

Brands

Pentland Brands

Pentland Brands appointed three new directors to head up its fashion footwear unit consisting of the Ted Baker and Karen Millen labels, Team Sports, which includes Canterbury and Mitre, and its Berghaus brands.

Nicola Mathews was named brand director for fashion to head up both the Karen Millen and Ted Baker footwear businesses. Mathews was previously commercial director at Karen Millen, for which Pentland just received the global footwear license, and has worked across commercial and merchandising roles for LK Bennett, Hobbs, Lola Rose and Gap.

Charlotte Cox was named director of the Team Sports brand, Canterbury and Mitre. Cox has 20 years experience across a range of commercial, category, marketing and business development roles. In her most recent role as vice president of strategic customers at Pentland Brands, she led the strategy and team delivering double-digit sales growth across both footwear and active divisions globally.

Kevin McFadyen was tapped as brand director of the outdoor brand Berghaus. McFadyen has strong brand building experience, having previously worked for O2 and the family-owned Nando’s.

The North Face

The North Face announced that ski mountaineer and long-time athlete Hilaree Nelson will serve as captain for the Global Athlete Team. Conrad Anker currently holds the position and will serve as co-captain with Nelson through the remainder of 2018, before Nelson fully transitions to team captain in 2019.

General responsibilities of athlete team captain include serving as the main conduit between the athlete team and The North Face corporate team, acting as the face and voice of the brand and helping build and manage the team of the future.

Nelson has been a The North Face athlete for almost 20 years. She has an impressive roster of accomplishments, including skiing the Himalayan summit of Cho Oyu in Tibet, double summiting Denali, bagging the first American ascent and ski descent of Papsura Peak in India, being named the 2018 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year and serving as the face of the Move Mountains initiative.

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Tapestry Inc.

Tapestry Inc. announced that Darrell Cavens has been appointed to its board of directors, bringing board membership to 11.

Cavens is president of new ventures for the Qurate Retail Group. In this role, he leads a team responsible for driving innovative retail concepts and looking beyond the Qurate Retail Group’s current business for additional growth opportunities, through internal innovation, strategic partnerships, joint ventures and acquisitions.

Cavens was previously president and CEO of Zulily, which he co-founded. Prior to that, he spent a year at Microsoft leading the BizTalk Server business and nearly a decade at Blue Nile, where he was chief technology officer and senior vice president of marketing. Tapestry is a New York-based luxury lifestyle company, with brands that include Coach, Kate Spade and Stuart Weitzman.

Textiles

Nilit

Global nylon 6.6 manufacturer Nilit announced that Kirsten K. Harris has joined the company as director of marketing for North America. Harris succeeds Molly Kremidas, who left the company to pursue other opportunities.

In her new role, Harris will work with North American apparel brands and retailers to increase the reach of Nilit premium nylon 6.6 products, including its newest brand, Sensil. Harris comes to Nilit with more than 23 years of experience in apparel product management, development and global sourcing, most recently at Amazon, where she was senior brand manager for private label activewear.

Prior jobs included product development manager for women’s active at Nordstrom and several positions of increasing responsibility at Nike. Harris will report on a global basis to Pierluigi Berardi, vice president of global marketing and research and development, and locally to Fred Indermaur, president of Nilit America.

Technology

GearLaunch

GearLaunch, an E2E commerce platform, made a series of senior executive team additions. They including Tripti Thakur as its new chief financial officer, Craig Hammond as head of marketing and Cory Rich as head of sales.

GearLaunch said the executive appointments will strengthen its capabilities and support its recently expanded footprint and new office opening. As part of an emerging “extreme outsourcing” movement within the e-commerce realm, GearLaunch aims to bring a new level of opportunity to that market. GearLaunch’s model houses all services under one roof and brings the opportunity to the widest possible base of independent entrepreneurs.

Thakur is a finance veteran with experiences at Fortune 10, Wall Street and Internet companies. She most recently spent 10 years in online loyalty as a vice president for Prodege LLC and MyPoints.com.

Hammond joins the company after running his own children’s pajama company. Rich most recently held sales leadership roles in two venture-backed healthcare companies.

GearLaunch’s 2,500 merchants generated more than $115 million in product sales last year. GearLaunch also offers a deep integration with Shopify storefronts, allowing any merchant selling through Shopify to take advantage of GearLaunch’s platform.

Retail

Revolve

Revolve, a fashion retailer for millennial consumers, appointed Marc Stolzman to the company’s board of directors. Stolzman has served in multiple executive roles at leading corporations, as well as early stage businesses over his career.

Stolzman is currently chief financial officer of Kymeta, a satellite antenna communications business. Prior to Kymeta, he served as CFO of the Seattle-based e-commerce retailer Zulily. He has also held CFO positions at action sports teen retailer Zumiez and online diamond jewelry retailer Blue Nile.

Footwear

Allbirds

Allbirds, the San Francisco-based comfort shoe brand, said Erick Haskell has joined as president of international. Haskell will lead Allbirds’s commercial activities overseas, delivering the brand’s direct-to-consumer experience to customers around the world.

Haskell most recently served as managing director of Asia Pacific at Under Armour. Prior to that, he held various senior level executive roles at Adidas.

Since launching the business in the U.S. and New Zealand in March 2016, Allbirds has also started selling in Australia and Canada. As the brand continues its development of sustainable materials and innovative products, Haskell will play a crucial role in delivering the Allbirds vision to new overseas markets, while cementing its brand presence in existing markets.