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Brands

Champion

Hanes Brands announced that Maria Teza was promoted to senior vice president of the Champion brand in the United States, effective Sept. 1.

Teza will play a key role in growing Champion into a global $3 billion brand as part of the company’s “Full Potential” plan.

Teza has more than 30 years in the apparel industry, with nearly 20 years at Hanes Brands. During the last 10 years, she has led businesses across the company’s activewear, basics and intimates portfolio, most recently as vice president and general manager of intimates. In this role, Teza and her team led the Bali and Playtex brands return to growth.

Fanatics

Warner Music Group exec Dan Goldberg has joined Fanatics as SVP, music and entertainment development to spearhead the company’s entry into new verticals.

Over the past several years, Fanatics has transformed the way quality sports fan gear and apparel is quickly designed, manufactured and delivered to serve the growing real-time expectations that consumers have today. Recently accredited by the Fair Labor Association, Fanatics is now looking to leverage its vertical commerce model and on-demand manufacturing capabilities to attempt to grow the business in new areas such as music and entertainment.

As a music industry executive with decades-long experience working at the intersection of consumer products, fan engagement and technology, Goldberg offers expertise in music merchandising, marketing, e-commerce and strategy, and was most recently SVP of artist services at Warner Music Group, where he oversaw the global business strategy and operations of e-commerce, tour merchandising, VIP experiences, ticketing and fan club businesses.

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Goldberg will be tasked with identifying strategic, best-in-class partners looking to innovate their merchandise businesses and create stronger connections with fans.

Kokatat

Mark Loughmiller, director of operations for Kokatat, is set to take over as CEO after purchasing the paddle sports apparel and gear brand from founder Steve O’Meara, who will retain a minority stake after the sale.

“Before joining Kokatat Mark was a local businessman and I’m pleased to be entrusting the company that means so much to me and our employees into his hands,” said O’Meara, who founded the brand in 1971 under the name Blue Puma.

“Kokatat is not only a cornerstone brand in paddlesports, but also in our community,” said Loughmiller, who joined Kokatat in 2013 after 12 years as the executive director of Arcata Community Recycling Center in Arcata, Calif., where the outdoor brand is headquartered. “Steve has created an amazing brand that will forever be tied to Arcata and we look forward to building on this foundation for another 50 years and beyond.”

Mark Loughmiller, director of operations for Kokatat, is set to take over as CEO after purchasing the paddle sports apparel and gear brand from founder Steve O'Meara, who will retain a minority stake after the sale.
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Retail

Target

Target Corporation announced that its board of directors elected David P. Abney, former chairman and CEO of United Parcel Service, and Gail K. Boudreaux, president and CEO of Anthem Inc., as directors.

Abney’s appointment is effective immediately and Boudreaux’s becomes effective Sept. 23.

Abney was named CEO of UPS in September 2014 and chairman and CEO in February 2016, a role he held until announcing his retirement in June 2020. He remained executive chairman through September 2020 to assist with the leadership transition.

Boudreaux has three decades of experience in the healthcare industry and has held the role of president and CEO at Anthem, a leading health benefits provider, since November 2017. Prior to joining Anthem, she founded advisory firm GKB Global Health and served as CEO from July 2015 to November 2017.

Hudson’s Bay

Hudson’s Bay said it will separate its store fleet and e-commerce business into two separate businesses, accelerating its digital-first transformation, and named two executives to lead those companies.

Going forward, the e-commerce business will operate as “The Bay” and the 86-store fleet will operate as Hudson’s Bay, with The Bay responsible for brand direction, marketing, buying, planning and technology for both businesses.

Iain Nairn will lead the e-commerce business as president and CEO, and Wayne Drummond has been appointed president of the stores business.

Hudson’s Bay operates 86 full-line locations and The Bay operates thebay.com featuring Marketplace, the 6th largest e-commerce business in Canada.

Wayfair

Wayfair, one of the world’s largest destinations for the home, appointed Jeremy King to its board of directors.

King brings extensive experience leading and building large-scale technology efforts spanning the retail and software industries, including in his current role as senior vice president and head of engineering at Pinterest.

Prior to joining Pinterest, King led the e-commerce technology team behind U.S. retail stores and e-commerce for Walmart and Jet, most recently serving as executive vice president and chief technology officer.

Wayfair generated $14.8 billion in net revenue for the year ended June 30. Headquartered in Boston, with operations throughout North America and Europe, Wayfair employs approximately 16,000 people.

Hanes Brands promoted Maria Teza to SVP of the Champion brand in the U.S., while Wayfair appointed Pinterest exec Jeremy King to its board.
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Textiles

Triangle Home Fashions

Triangle Home Fashions (THF) announced three newly created senior level additions to the company in the key areas of strategic planning, sales operations and logistics, and also promoted a merchandising executive.

Aaron Eisenberg joined THF as executive vice president of strategic planning and business development. Prior to THF, Eisenberg led brand value creation and omnichannel innovation as CEO at Excell/Croscill/Glenoit. Eisenberg has extensive experience at Tommy Hilfiger, Montblanc, DKNY and Guess.

Nicole Rutigliano was appointed vice president of sales support and operations. In this role, she will manage the digital product roadmap and lead the team that drives day to day e-commerce operations. Rutigliano comes to THF from Frederick Goldman Fine Jewelry where she was vice president of operations.

THF also named Allan D’Souza as its new director of logistics to support the company’s rapid growth and on-going need for logistics solutions. D’Souza was previously director of logistics for Information Solutions Inc.

THF promoted Nancy Golden to senior vice president, merchandising. In this newly created role, Golden will be responsible for developing and executing strategies for annual/seasonal merchandise plans across multiple categories in collaboration with design, planning, product development, marketing and sales with a focus on performance.

In addition, Golden will continue to focus on new multi-category brand expansions of Lush Décor Baby, Lush Décor Kids and Lush Décor Campus to deliver market leading innovation, drive revenue and advance market share. She will also be responsible for expanding the Lush Décor brand through income generating licensing opportunities. Golden will continue to report directly to founding CEO Jenny Zhu, who said, “As we grow and expand as a company, the management of merchandise development, as well as its interconnectivity with all of our product categories, is critical. Having an experienced industry veteran like Nancy to manage this area is a real plus for THF.”

Golden was previously EVP at Grace Home Fashions, SVP of marketing and brand management at Welspun, and SVP of marketing and licensing at WestPoint Home.