Hedi Slimane was named as the new artistic, creative and image director of Céline, effective February. In his new role, he will oversee all of the fashion house’s collections, including couture, men’s ready-to-wear and fragrances. Slimane, a seasoned fashion veteran, previously served as the creative director of Dior Homme.
Seafolly, an Australian swimwear brand, tapped Paul Kotrba as its new chief executive officer. Kotrba joins Seafolly from DKNY, where he served as the label’s commercial head. During his DKNY tenure, Kotra was responsible for the label’s global growth strategy and building brand equity. He succeeds former Seafolly CEO Anthony Halas, who will remain as a non-executive director and shareholder of the company.
Abercrombie & Fitch
Abercrombie & Fitch executive chairman Arthur Martinez is retiring from his role, effective Feb 3. Martinez has served as A&F’s executive chairman since 2014. As a seasoned retail veteran, Martinez has held executive roles at Sears and Saks Fifth Avenue. He also served as the chairman of HSNi until it was acquired in December. As part of this transition, Terry L. Burman, lead independent director and chair of the nominating and board of governance committee, will assume the role of non-executive chairman.
M&S announced new leadership changes. The company named an interim womenswear and beauty director to replace Jo Jenkins, M&S’s outgoing clothing and beauty director. Jenkins, who left M&S in late October, is assuming the role of chief executive at White Stuff this summer. M&S style director Belinda Earl will be the interim women’s wear and beauty director until M&S hires a replacement for Jenkins.
As part of this transition, M&S head of lingerie Laura Charles will also oversee the company’s lingerie department.
Retail Industry Leaders Association
RILA shook up its board of directors with new appointments. The organization welcomed Brian Cornell, chairman and chief executive officer of Target, as its new board chairman. He succeeds former chairman Bill Rhodes, who serves as an executive at AutoZone.
Four other retail executives were elected to RILA’s board, including Gina Boswell, Unilever’s president of consumer development; Mark Breitbard, president and chief executive officer of Banana Republic; Michele Buck, president and CEO of The Hersey Co. and Richard Keyes, president and CEO of Meijer Inc.
Ralph Lauren is ramping up its digital presence with new hires and promotions.
Ralph Lauren appointed Alice Delahunt as its first chief digital officer. In her new role, Delahunt will oversee Ralph Lauren’s global digital platforms and its online consumer engagement initiatives. Delahunt joins Ralph Lauren from Burberry, where she recently served as the company’s director of digital marketing.
Laura Porco was also named as the new senior vice president of e-commerce for Ralph Lauren North America. Prior to her appointment, Porco headed up e-commerce for Ralph Lauren’s Club Monaco brand. Before joining Ralph Lauren, Porco served as an Amazon executive for 12 years. Ralph Lauren tapped Galen Hardy, a Zappos.com executive, to become the senior vice president of Club Monaco’s business and e-commerce operations.
Additonally, Valeria Juarez will take on the role of senior vice president of e-commerce, international, of Ralph Lauren. Juarez previously served as Ralph Lauren’s senior vice president of e-commerce, where she managed the company’s EMEA region for the past two years. Prior to joining Ralph Lauren, Juarez held senior leadership roles at Diageo and Amazon U.K.
Shoes for Crews
Shoes for Crews named Brian Bugara as its new executive vice president of sales and business development. With more than 20 years of sales experience under his belt, Bugara recently served as the senior vice president of UA Brands, a company that manufacturers and sells uniforms for a variety of industries. Prior to his UA Brands tenure, Bugara was the vice president and general manager of safeTsetep, an occupational footwear company that is a division of Payless ShoeSource.
Famous Footwear president Rick Ausick is retiring from his role. Ausick, who has held various leadership roles at Famous Footwear since 2002, plans to stay on until Caleres Inc., Famous Footwear’s parent company, locates his replacement. Ausick joined Famous Footwear in 2002, where he served as the company’s chief merchandising officer. Over the past 16 years, Ausick was responsible for growing Famous Footwear’s performance and presence.
River Island tapped Phil Cooke as its new managing director of children’s wear and menswear. Cooke joins River Island from Topshop, where he recently served as the company’s managing director. He will assume his new role this spring.
Unifi Inc., a leading synthetics and recycled yarns provide, elected Albert P. Carey to its board of directors. Carey currently serves as the chief executive officer of PepsiCo North America. Carey also serves on other boards, including The Food Marketing Institute and The Home Depot, Inc.
Modern Meadow, a U.S.-based biofabrication company, named Bridget Russo as its new chief marketing officer. With more than 20 years of brand building experience, Russo has held several leadership roles, including an executive at Shinola, a lifestyle products company.
Additionally, Modern Meadow appointed Anna Baskt, a former Michael Kors executive, to its board of directors.