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Shuffle Board : LVMH Shifts Luxury Leadership, Kate Spade Taps Creative Director

J.C. Penney

J.C. Penney switched up executives to strengthen its merchandise buying teams.

With this reorganization, the role of chief merchant has been eliminated and John Tighe will be departing J.C. Penney to pursue other career interests.

Jodie Johnson, SVP and senior general merchandise manager of women’s apparel, Sephora, salon, women’s specialty, footwear and handbags; James Starke, SVP and senior general merchandise manager of men’s apparel, children’s apparel and jewelry and Val Harris, SVP of product development and design, will immediately report to CEO and chairman Marvin R. Ellison as well.

Tony Hurst, SVP and general merchandise manager of home, will also oversee custom window design and home services, in addition to commercial sales, in conjunction with these leadership changes.

Morilee by Madeline Gardner

Global bridal dress manufacturer Morilee by Madeline Gardner hired Deborah Fine as its new CEO. Fine joins Morilee by Madeline Gardner from Direct Brands, where she served as the company’s CEO. Her resume also includes previous stints at  iVilliage, Victoria’s Secret Pink, Avon Mark Cosmetics and Condé Nast.


Milton Pappas was appointed as HBC’s chief marketing officer. In his new role, Pappas will oversee HBC’s Marketing Center of Excellence (COE) and lead marketing strategies for the company’s North American retail business. Pappas joined HBC last year as SVP of digital marketing and has served as interim chief marketing officer since June 2017. Prior to HBC, Pappas served as chief digital officer at New York & Company. He currently serves as a board member of and his resume also includes previous stints at other retail companies, including Redcats USA, Nine West Group and Toys R Us.

Canada Goose

Canada Goose appointed Jodi Butts as an independent director of its board. Butts currently serves as a member of the board of governors and audit committee of the University of Windsor, board chair of Aereus Technologies Inc., a antimicrobial technology company, and a member of the Walrus Foundation board of directors. Her resume includes previous stints at Rise Asset Development and Mount Sinai Hospital.

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LVMH Fashion Group announced new appointments to its executive committee this week.

After leading Christian Dior Couture for 20 years, Sidney Toledano will become the CEO and chairman of LVMH Fashion Group.

Pietro Beccari was appointed the CEO and chairman of Christian Dior Couture after heading Fendi for the past five years.

Pierre-Yves Roussel, head of LVMH Fashion Group, is stepping down from his role after 10 years of service and will become a special advisor to LVMH Moët Hennessy–Louis Vuitton CEO and chairman Bernard Arnault. As part of this transition, he will assume new operational responsibilities within the LVMH executive committee.

Under Armour

After releasing disappointing financial results for the July-to-September period, Under Armour announced that two executives will be exiting the company.

CMO Andy Donkin and SVP and general manager of the women’s and youth categories, are stepping down from their roles at the end of November.

Donkin joined Under Armour from Amazon last year, where he served as a marketing executive at the e-commerce company, while Catlett held various leadership roles at Under Armour for more than two years.

Under Armour didn’t provide comment on who will step in for both executives.

Kate Spade

Accessories powerhouse Tapestry named Nicola Glass as the creative director of Kate Spade, effective January 2018. In her new role, Glass will oversee all creative aspects of the Kate Spade brand, including brand imagery, product design and store environments. Glass joins Kate Spade from Michael Kors, where she currently serves as SVP of accessories design and manages the design and development of the Michael Kors Collection and Michael Michael Kors. She will succeed president and chief creative officer Deborah Lloyd, who, following the Tapestry, Inc. acquisition, is leaving the brand early next year.


Lee Holman, Lululemon’s EVP and creative director, is stepping down from his post, effective Dec. 31. Lululemon has not determined a successor yet.

FullBeauty Brands

FullBeauty Brands named Emilie Arel as its new CEO. Arel brings extensive operating experience in apparel merchandising, e-commerce and retail technology. Since 2015, Arel has served as the CEO of, Inc. subsidiary Quidsi Inc., where she led the retail technology company’s portfolio of six e-commerce sites. Prior to this role, Arel served as Quidsi Inc.’s SVP of retail. From 2007 to 2014, Arel held various leadership roles at Gap Inc., including division VP and general manager at Old Navy.