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Shuffle Board: Diesel Overhauls Leadership, Galeries Lafayette Streamlines Execs


Diesel announced two major executive changes this week.

Diesel artistic director Nicola Formichetti is leaving his post to focus on other career interests. In 2013, Formichetti joined Diesel to become its first artistic director, where he was responsible for the brand’s communications, interior design, marketing and product initiatives. Prior to his Dior tenure, Formichetti was an executive at Thierry Mulger, where he led the label’s fashion segment. The fashion tycoon also co-runs two other companies with entrepreneur Kevin Kollenda,, a unique fashion brand and Two Hustlers, a creative agency. Diesel did not indicate a successor for Formichetti yet, who’s contract will expire at the end of December.

The label also tapped former Inditex executive Marco Agnolin as its new CEO. Previously, Agnolin led Inditex’s Bershka brand for several years. He will succeed Alessandro Bogliolo, who left Diesel to take on an executive role at Tiffany & Co.

Rag & Bone

Johanna Murphy, Rag & Bone’s chief marketing officer, left her post. Over the past two years, Murphy managed the brand’s marketing, e-commerce and visual merchandising initiatives. Rag & Bone has not confirmed a replacement yet.

Under Armour

Under Armour announced leadership changes within its senior management team.

Massimo Baratto was named the new VP and managing director of Under Armour’s European arm. In his new role, Baratto will be responsible for increasing brand awareness and cultivating strategic partnerships across Europe. Baratto brings more than 30 years of industry experience, most recently serving as CEO of the Oberalp Group, an international sports brands distributor.

Kelley McCormick was appointed as Under Armour’s new SVP of corporate communications. McCormick will oversee the strategic vision for Under Armour’s corporate media relations and employee communications. With more than 20 years of communications experience under her belt, McCormick joins Under Armour from strategic communications agency SKDKnickerbocker, where she recently served as managing director.

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