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Shuffle Board: New Execs at Moncler, Caleres, Hoka, Cole Haan; New Bluesign CEO, Unifi Names Managers, PVH Pair Step Down

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Moncler

Moncler announces that Gino Fisanotti joined the company in the newly created position of chief brand officer, effective June 7.

Fisanotti will report directly to Remo Ruffini, chairman and CEO of Moncler S.p.A. and will join Moncler’s strategic committee as strategic director, while Roberto Eggs will assume the role of chief business strategy and global markets officer.

In this role, he will address the brand architecture, strategy and storytelling across all touch points, while supporting the company in embracing a new concept of luxury. His responsibilities will include strengthening the connections between creativity, collections, product categories and communications to enhance Moncler’s customer experience from a multichannel perspective.

Fisanotti joins Moncler after working at Nike for 23 years, rising from retail and marketing roles in South America and Europe to global vice president of sportswear and North America vice president of marketing. Most recently, he served as Nike’s first brand creative officer.

Xcel Brands

Xcel Brands Inc., a media and consumer products company, announced Heather Bogen will join the company as president of wholesale apparel.

Bogen will support Xcel Brands’ successful acquisition of dynamic consumer lifestyle brands through her extensive expertise in the fashion industry. In her new post, she aims to exponentially increase wholesale sales at Xcel Brands by tapping into her past experience in retail and apparel and strives to implement innovative solutions for Xcel Brands to maximize sales opportunities.

Bogen has held leadership positions with G-III Apparel Group, LVMH, Jones Apparel Group, Donna Karen and Isaac Mizrahi.

Bogen will report directly to Robert W. D’Loren, chairman and CEO of Xcel Brands. Headquartered in New York City, Xcel owns the Isaac Mizrahi, Judith Ripka, Halston and C. Wonder brands, and it owns and manages the Longaberger brand through its controlling interest in Longaberger Licensing LLC.

Hoka One One

Footwear and apparel brand Hoka One One announced the hiring of two key leadership positions.

Norma Delaney was named vice president of global brand marketing after several years of collaborating with Hoka as a consultant. Previously, Delaney spent 11 years in marketing leadership roles at New Balance. She also brings considerable experience from other global brands, including Burton, Rockport, Sperry, Keds and W.L. Gore.

Gino Fisanotti joined Moncler as chief brand officer, Bluesign named Daniel Rüfenacht as CEO and Unifi appointed two new execs.

Norma Delaney

Additionally, Erika Gabrielli was appointed senior director, Hoka global integrated marketing after nearly 10 years with Hoka parent company Deckers Brands, where she most recently served as senior director of global marketing at Teva.

Gabrielli will play a key role in driving growth of Hoka by leading global marketing integration, as well as seasonal creative and product storytelling.

PVH Corp.

PVH Corp. announced two leadership updates to its global organization–Mike Shaffer and Cheryl Abel-Hodges, who have both played important roles in shaping PVH’s strong foundation, will be leaving in the coming months.

Shaffer, chief operating and financial officer, will be departing in September to pursue other opportunities. An external search is underway for a successor chief financial officer, and Shaffer will help to ensure a seamless transition.

Abel-Hodges will be stepping down as CEO of Calvin Klein and moving to an advisory position effective July 1 through February 2022. Trish Donnelly, CEO of PVH Americas, who has had oversight of Calvin Klein, will take full global leadership responsibility for the business.

PVH is one of the world’s largest fashion companies, with distribution in more than 40 countries with its Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger and Heritage Brands.

Cole Haan

Cole Haan Inc. named Stephen J. Henderson as chief digital officer.

Henderson joins the American lifestyle brand and retailer from Caleres Inc., where he was senior vice president of marketing and e-commerce, and will oversee Cole Haan’s global digital footprint. In the last year, Cole Haan has rolled out 26 localized sites across international markets with continued growth slated for the next fiscal year. Henderson will oversee all sites operated by international distributors, as well as Cole Haan USA, Japan and Canada.

Cole Haan serves active professionals with innovative footwear and lifestyle accessories. Cole Haan has developed new categories of footwear and lifestyle accessories that customers wear from work-to-workout-to-weekend.

Capri Holdings

Capri Holdings Limited, a global fashion luxury group, promoted Jenna A. Hendricks to senior vice president and chief people officer.

In this role, Hendricks will be responsible for leading the global human resources organization for Capri Holdings across all three luxury brands to further drive innovative solutions that promote a talent-centric culture. She will continue to report to John D. Idol, chairman and CEO.

Hendricks joined Michael Kors 17 years ago and has most recently served as senior vice president of global human resources. During her tenure, she has helped support the global expansion of the Michael Kors brand and has played an instrumental role in the integration of Jimmy Choo and Versace into Capri Holdings.

Capri Holdings Limited’s brands cover the full spectrum of fashion luxury categories, including women’s and men’s accessories, footwear and ready-to-wear, as well as wearable technology, watches, jewelry, eyewear and a full line of fragrance products.

Caleres

Jennifer Olsen was named chief marketing officer (CMO) for Caleres, chairman and CEO Diane Sullivan announced.

Olsen, who will begin on June 28, will oversee all brand marketing for Caleres, including consumer analytics, media and creative.

Olsen was most recently the CMO of UNTUCKit, where she led the marketing and creative teams, and played a significant role in the brand’s growth over the last several years. Prior to that, she served as vice president of media marketing for Yahoo. She built her fashion and retail expertise as CMO of StitchFix and Crate & Barrel.

Rocky Brands

Rocky Brands Inc. announced that the company’s CEO, Jason Brooks, was appointed chairman of the board of directors following Mike Brooks’ decision to step down from that position.

Jason Brooks has served as president and CEO of the company since May 2017. He will continue to serve as a member of the board. In addition, the board appointed G. Courtney Haning as its lead independent director.

Mike Brooks has served as chairman since 2005. He served as CEO of the company from January 2005 until July 2011, and from September 2016 until May 2017.

Courtney Haning has served on the board since 2000. Prior to his retirement, he served as chairman and CEO of Peoples National BancShares Inc., a bank holding company, since its formation in 1996.

Rocky Brands is a designer, manufacturer and marketer of footwear and apparel marketed under a portfolio of well brand names, including Rocky, Georgia Boot, Durango, Lehigh, The Original Muck Boot Company, Xtratuf and the licensed brand Michelin.

Textiles

Bluesign

SGS, a leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company, appointed Daniel Rüfenacht as the new CEO of Bluesign Technologies, a member of the SGS Group.

The appointment follows a significant new role for current CEO Jill Dumain, as global vice president for sustainability solutions at SGS.

Gino Fisanotti joined Moncler as chief brand officer, Bluesign named Daniel Rüfenacht as CEO and Unifi appointed two new execs.

Daniel Rüfenacht

Bluesign Technologies, based in St. Gallen, Switzerland, works with the textile value chain around the world to eliminate harmful substances within the manufacturing process. Since it was founded in 2000, Bluesign has become a top sustainability solutions provider for environmentally friendly, safe and resource-efficient textile production with a global system partner network of chemical suppliers, manufacturers and brands.

Rüfenacht began his career with the Swiss government, identifying new market opportunities for sustainable trade from developing countries and overseeing the development of the first sustainable label in Switzerland for the textile industry. Joining SGS in 2008 as vice president of corporate sustainability, he was promoted to group vice president of corporate communications and sustainability in 2017. In this role. he had responsibility for sustainability management systems, the global sustainability programs, brand and communications, achieving significant change and improvement in these areas.

Unifi

Unifi Inc., a manufacturer of recycled and synthetic yarns, announced two new additions to its leadership team.

James Cooper Jr. joined Unifi as sustainability manager and Sara Porter was named brand sales manager of global business development, nonwovens, films and rigid packaging.

Cooper will help Unifi further its sustainability and environmental goals through building the first formal sustainability strategy focusing on engagement, disclosure, investment and innovation. He previously served as sustainability manager for Global Brands Group.

Porter will be working with brands on Repreve and Premium Value Added products to help tell a sustainability story and promote a sustainable lifestyle for the personal care and packaging industries. In her previous roles, she successfully grew and expanded markets for companies and customers in global markets converting projects from concept to commercialization.

Retail

The Buckle

The Buckle announced that Robert M. Carlberg, senior vice president of men’s merchandising, will retire from his position at the end of the current fiscal year.

Carlberg joined the company as a salesperson in October 1983 and served as a store manager and as an area and district leader before joining the merchandising team full-time in January 2001. He was appointed to his current role in March 2014.

Known as a denim destination, Buckle stores carry a wide selection of fits, styles and finishes from leading denim brands, including the company’s exclusive brand, BKE. Headquartered in Kearney, Neb., Buckle currently operates 441 stores in 42 states.

BJ’s Wholesale Club

BJ’s Wholesale Club Holdings named Darryl Brown to its board of directors.

Brown most recently served as president of global corporate payments, Americas, at American Express. Prior to joining American Express, he held a number of leadership positions at Kraft Foods, where he led the company’s North American retail sales and logistics organization.

Headquartered in Westborough, Mass., BJ’s Wholesale Club operates 221 membership warehouse clubs in the Eastern United States.

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