Dutch LLC tapped former Polo Ralph Lauren executive James Miller as its new CEO, effective June 30. In his new role, Miller will oversee market growth for the company, which operates a portfolio of contemporary brands, including Current/Elliott, Equipment and Joie. Miller was appointed as president of the three brands this spring. Prior to that, he served as the president of retail at Polo Ralph Lauren. He succeeds former CEO Jack Schwefel, who is projected to remain on the company’s board.
Stitch Fix named Paul Yee as its new CFO. In his new role, Yee will manage Stitch Fix’s financial efforts, including accounting, financial planning, tax and real estate. Yee joins Stitch Fix from People Against Dirty, the creators of Method soap, where he served as the company’s global chief financial officer. Yee has over 20 years of experience and has previously helped many apparel brands, including Gap and Old Navy, build their market presence.
Keds hired Dave Grange as its new VP of sales, North America. Grange joins Keds from Pentland Brands, where he held various leadership positions over the past 16 years. Grange recently served as Pentland Brands CEO, where he managed the profit and loss statement for the company’s wholesale business. Prior to his CEO role, Grange was president of Lacoste footwear in North America.
Amazon has not confirmed an opening date for Amazon Go yet, but one of the store’s executives is departing the company.
Bali Raghavan, Amazon Go’s director of technology, is leaving to take on the role of VP of engineering at Opendoor, a real estate startup in Silicon Valley. Sources familiar with his move said Raghavan’s departure is unrelated to Amazon Go’s delayed opening. Raghavan also held other leadership roles at Amazon, including Director of Amazon Retail pricing systems and senior software engineer of retail pricing.
Tiger of Sweden
Hans-Christian Meyer was appointed as Tiger of Sweden’s new CEO, effective Sept. 1. In his new role, Meyer will helm the Scandinavian brand’s global expansion. Meyer has over 25 years of industry experience, and he most recently served as Ralph Lauren’s president of retail, EMEA for 11 years. Prior to that, Meyer held the position of SVP and managing director of Scandinavia and Baltics, where he managed directly-operated retail.
Life is Good
Karen Lyon was named as the new VP of marketing, while Linne Kimball was hired as the new VP of strategic partnerships.
In her new role, Lyon will oversee the brand’s integrated marketing initiatives. Lyon’s resume includes previous stints at Ideapaint, The Rockport Company and Swarovski North America.
Kimball will manage the brand’s outreach efforts through licensing and partnerships. Prior to her appointment, Kimball held various leadership positions at Polaroid Corporation, Reebok and William Morris Endeavor/IMG.
Marc Jacobs is allegedly appointing Kenzo CEO Eric Marechalle as its new CEO. Sources say the LVMH executive could be succeeding Marc Jacobs CEO Sebastian Suhl, who is leaving the label. LVMH, the parent company of Kenzo and Marc Jacobs, has not confirmed details about this potential move.
Dollar General named two new executives this week.
Carman Wenkoff was hired as Dollar General’s new EVP and chief information officer, effective July 10. Wenkoff recently served as the chief information officer and chief digital officer for Subway restaurants. He will succeed current CIO Ryan Boone, who is retiring from the company.
Jason Reiser was appointed as Dollar General’s new EVP and chief merchandising officer, effective July 12. Reiser joins Dollar General from the Vitamin Shoppe, where he recently served as EVP and chief operating officer. His resume also includes previous stints at Family Dollar, Walmart and Sam’s Club. Reiser succeeds Jim Thorpe, who recently retired from the company.
Burberry announced more executive shakeups this week.
Burberry’s chairman, Sir John Peace, is planning to exit the company. Jeremy Darroch, who was named as Burberry’s senior independent director (SID) on Wednesday, will lead the search for Peace’s replacement. He succeeds Australian executive and non-executive director Philip Bowman, who is stepping down from his role at the end of this year.
Former Céline executive Marco Gobbetti will take over as chief executive next month. His move follows the hire of Julie Brown, who was recently appointed as Burberry’s new chief operating officer and chief financial officer. As part of the chief executive transition, current chief executive and chief creative officer Christopher Bailey will become president of the business.
Veteran retailer Ron Frasch was tapped as a member of Burberry’s Board of Directors, effective Sept. 1. Along with his appointment, Frasch will serve as a non-executive director and member of the remuneration and nomination committees. Frasch is an operating partner at Mass.-based private equity firm Castanea Partners. His resume also includes previous stints at Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue.
Burberry tapped former Brioni CEO Gianluca Flore as its new president of the Americas, effective July 5. His predecessor, Donald Kohler, is exiting the new company to accept another career opportunity. Prior to his tenure at Brioni, Flore served as Bottega Veneta’s president of the Americas region and worldwide retail and wholesale director and CEO of Asia-Pacific.
Online retailer Bluestem Group announced its election of directors this week. Charles H. Cremens, Eugene I. Davis, Lisa Gavales, Thomas F. Maher, Steven H. Nave, Scott A. Schroepfer and Alexander W. Smith will serve as directors until the Board’s next annual stockholders meeting. Matthew Kabaker and Alberto Sanchez will also continue to serve as Board directors.
Susan Harris was hired as Anthesis Group’s new process and resource efficiency technical director. With over 15 years of experience in helping businesses manage sustainability, Harris will strengthen Anthesis Group’s capabilities across the apparel and built environment sectors. Harris is chair of the RSA Sustainability Network and part of other groups, including the Advisory Board of The Alliance for Sustainable Building Projects and the Business Leaders Forum.
Marco de Vincenzo
Renato Munafò was named as Marco de Vincenzo’s new chief executive. Munafò joins the company from LVMH-owned label Fendi, where he held a 17-year tenure as an accessories designer.