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Shuffle Board: Presidents Named at Wolverine, CFDA and PolyQuest; C-Suite Changes at HBC, PVH and Boot Barn

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Wolverine World Wide

Wolverine Worldwide Inc. appointed Brendan Hoffman as its next president and member of its board of directors, effective on his expected start date of Sept. 8.

Hoffman will report to Blake W. Krueger, Wolverine Worldwide’s chairman, CEO and president. He is expected to transition over a period of time to become the future CEO of the company.

Most recently, Hoffman was CEO of Vince Holding Corp., a publicly traded global contemporary fashion brand. Prior to that, he was CEO and president of Bon-Ton Stores, and president and CEO of Lord & Taylor.

In his role as president, Hoffman will focus on driving growth across the company’s portfolio of lifestyle brands. The key leaders responsible for Wolverine Worldwide’s brands, digital execution, advanced concepts and innovation, consumer insights and merchandising will report to Hoffman, including Jim Zwiers, Chris Hufnagel, Joelle Grunberg, Tom Kennedy and Angelo Ng.

Wolverine Worldwide is a marketer and licensor of branded casual, active lifestyle, work, outdoor sport, athletic, children’s and uniform footwear and apparel. The company’s portfolio includes Merrell, Sperry, Hush Puppies, Saucony, Wolverine, Keds, Stride Rite, Chaco, Bates and Hytest. Wolverine Worldwide is also the global footwear licensee of Cat and Harley-Davidson.

Vince Holding

Vince Holding’s board appointed David Stefko as interim CEO until a permanent replacement is appointed to replace Brendan Hoffman, who left to join Wolverine Worldwide as president. The board will work with an executive search firm to advise on potential CEO candidates.

Stefko served as executive vice president and chief financial officer of the company since September 2015 and will continue to do so during this time.

Vince Holding is a global contemporary group consisting of the Vince, Rebecca Taylor and Parker brands. Vince offers women’s and men’s ready-to-wear, footwear and accessories through 49 full-price retail stores, 14 outlet stores, and its e-commerce site, vince.com and through its subscription service Vince Unfold, vinceunfold.com, as well as through premium wholesale channels globally.

CFDA

The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) promoted CaSandra Diggs to president of the organization.

Diggs joined the CFDA in 2001 and most recently served as its chief administrative and financial officer. As president, she will be charged with developing strategy and making decisions that further the CFDA’s purpose to champion, educate and support its membership and the fashion industry-at-large.

Diggs will report to CFDA CEO Steven Kolb, the now former president, as well as the board of directors.

PVH Corp.

PVH Corp. announced that Julie Fuller, Nike Inc.’s vice president of global talent and organizational effectiveness, will join the company next month and assume the role of chief human resources officer (CHRO) on Jan. 1.

Dave Kozel will transition out of his role as executive vice president and CHRO at the end of the year and serve in an advisory capacity through 2021.

In addition to six years at Nike, where she also led HR for North America, Fuller held key HR leadership positions at Avon and PepsiCo.

Kozel will retire from PVH at the end of 2021 after more than 18 years, during which she oversaw the workforce transition as the company grew from 9,000 North American associates to nearly 40,000 global associates, and into its position as one of the world’s largest apparel companies.

Guess

Guess Inc. announced that Maurice Marciano, co-founder and non-executive chairman of the board of Guess, was recently injured in a bicycle accident near his home in Napa Valley.

Paul Marciano, chief creative officer and director for Guess, said his brother will be in rehabilitation and therapy for an extended period of time and, therefore, will no longer continue to serve as non-executive chairman of the board.

The Guess board has appointed Alex Yemenidjian, an independent board member for more than 15 years and the current lead independent director, to replace him as non-executive chairman. Maurice Marciano will continue in his role as a member of the Guess board.

Squad Locker

SquadLocker, a provider of online tools and services for teams and organizations to manage custom apparel and equipment purchasing, named Jim Day as vice president of operations to support the company’s growth and expansion.

SquadLocker has ramped up its inventory, now supporting more than 4,000 custom, online stores for various groups, including schools, sports teams and organizations, as well as businesses. The company has added more than 1,000 stores in the last month, as schools and sports teams gear up to acquire affordable, custom team gear, school uniforms, masks and more for the fall.

Previously, Day was vice president of global supply chain at ’47, a sports lifestyle brand founded in Boston. He was also co-founder of the American Headwear Alliance, a coalition of companies and associations that comprise the cap and headwear industry in the U.S.

The company also expanded its sales and marketing team with Jeanne Hopkins hired as chief revenue officer earlier this year, as well as Matt Desilet hired as marketing director.

Textiles

Stein Fibers

Kelly DiFoggio joined Stein Fibers as the director of sales and merchandising for the company’s fabric division.

DiFoggio has served in the textile industry for more than 15 years, most recently as vice president of sales and marketing for Yarn & Loom. She has been a board member of the International Textile Alliance since 2011 and is currently serving as board president.

Stein Fibers is one of the largest suppliers and producers of polyester staple fibers in North America and has been serving the furniture and soft goods industries for over 40 years.

PolyQuest

PolyQuest Inc., a distributor of virgin PET resins and manufacturer of recycled rPET resins in North America, appointed Tod Durst as president.

Durst has served as executive vice president at PolyQuest since 2014. Acting president since 2000, John Marinelli, will continue to serve the company as CEO and chairman, focusing on strategic growth initiatives and customer relationships.

Durst will oversee key raw materials sourcing, supply chain management, manufacturing and global commercial aspects of PolyQuest’s business.

PolyQuest is a privately held company headquartered in Wilmington, N.C., with facilities in Darlington, S.C. ,and Farmingdale, N.Y., with European offices in Austria. PolyQuest maintains a global reach offering one of the broadest resin catalogs in the hemisphere into the bottle, sheet, strapping, film and fiber markets.

Retail

HBC Corp.

HBC LP appointed Michael Culhane as chief financial officer (CFO) of HBC.

Most recently, Culhane served as CFO at Uline Inc., a privately held shipping and industrial supplies distributor, where he was responsible for overseeing the accounting, tax, financial planning and analysis, credit and collections, treasury, accounts payable and corporate legal functions. Previously, he held the role of CFO for The Bon-Ton Stores and Fareportal Inc., an online travel agency. Mr. Culhane also served as CFO for HBC and held senior finance roles with The May Department Stores Company.

He succeeds Ed Record, who is stepping down from the company as planned. Record will remain with HBC for the time being to ensure a smooth transition as Culhane is onboarded.

HBC is a diversified retailer with a portfolio that includes formats ranging from luxury to premium department stores to off-price fashion shopping destinations, with over 250 stores and about 30,000 employees around the world. HBC’s leading businesses across North America include Saks Fifth Avenue, Hudson’s Bay and Saks Off 5th.

Boot Barn

Boot Barn Holdings promoted Greg Hackman to executive vice president and chief operating officer. Along with this additional role, Hackman will continue in the role of chief financial officer.

Boot Barn is a lifestyle retailer of western and work-related footwear, apparel and accessories for men, women and children. Boot Barn operates 265 stores in 36 states, in addition to an e-commerce channel bootbarn.com. The company also operates sheplers.com, a pure play online western and work retailer, and countryoutfitter.com, an e-commerce site selling to customers who live a country lifestyle.

Logistics

Dematic

Dematic appointed Sudhakar Janakiraman as senior vice president of Americas Region Sales.

In this role, Janakiraman will lead the sales team in the U.S., Canada and Mexico, directing strategic sales efforts, driving company growth initiatives, and maintaining relationships with industry influencers and key strategic partners.

Janakiraman joins Dematic from Siemens, where he most recently served as vice president, Americas Region for Fluence Energy. He has more than 19 years of experience with Siemens Energy concentrating on large capital projects and long-term service in a progression of positions.

Dematic is an intralogistics innovator that designs, builds and supports intelligent, automated solutions for manufacturing, warehouse and distribution environments for customers. With engineering centers, manufacturing facilities and service centers located in more than 25 countries, the Dematic global network of 10,000 employees has helped achieve more than 6,000 worldwide customer installations for some of the world’s leading brands.

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