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Shuffle Board: Gymboree Taps Former Tilly’s Exec as CEO, J.C. Penney Hires New EVP, Wolford Creative Director Exits


Nordstrom announced changes to its board of directors this week.

In addition to reelecting 11 directors, TaskRabbit CEO Stacy Brown-Philpot was appointed as a new director. In her role, Brown-Philpot will serve on board’s Finance Committee and Technology Committee. In April 2016, Brown-Philpot was appointed as TaskRabbit’s new CEO. She previously served as the company’s COO from 2013 to 2016. Her resume also includes previous stints at Alphabet, Inc. and Google. Earlier this year, former board director, Enrique ‘Rick’ Hernandez, Jr. said he would not be seeking re-election.

J.C. Penney

Marci Grebstein was named as J.C. Penney’s new EVP and CMO, effective June. Grebstein brings more than 20 years of retail marketing experience and joins J.C. Penney from Lowe’s Home Improvement, where she recently served as the company’s CMO. Prior to her tenure at Lowe’s Home Improvement, Grebstein held leadership roles at Food Lion of Delhaize America and Staples, Inc.


Former Tilly’s CEO Daniel Griesemer was tapped as Gymboree’s new CEO and president. In addition to his five-year tenure at Tilly’s, Griesemer has held leadership roles at Coldwater Creek and Gap Inc. Griesemer will assume responsibilities from interim CEO Mark Weikel, who will continue serving on the company’s board of directors.

Laura Ashley

Laura Ashley head of merchandising Julie Bourne exited from the company. Bourne joined the U.K. fashion and home retailer in 1998. Prior to her 19-year tenure at Laura Ashley, Bourne served as a senior merchandiser at Cole and Mason.


Covestro CEO Patrick Thomas is retiring from his role on Sept. 30, 2018. Covestro’s supervisory board said Thomas will remain with the company as chairman of the board of management. His successor, chief commercial officer Dr. Markus Steilemann will take over as the new CEO.

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Marks & Spencer

Marks & Spencer announced two executive change-ups this week.

M&S lead non-executive director of The Foreign and Commonwealth office (FCO) Miranda Curtis, will step down from the board at the end of her second three-year term on Feb. 1, 2018. Over the past five years, Curtis has served on the Remuneration, Audit and Nomination Committees. The board has not determined a successor yet.

M&S also hired Melanie Smith as its new strategy director. In her new role, she will be part of M&S’s operating committee. Her resume includes previous stints at Bupa and Smith Herbert.


Wolford creative director Grit Seymour is stepping down from her role. Seymour joined Wolford in 2014, where she lead the hosiery label’s branding initiatives. Her resume also includes previous stints at Donna Karan, Hugo Boss and Max Mara.


Dune tapped former Ralph Lauren director Rob Silsbury as its new marketing and e-commerce director. Silsbury recently served as Ralph Lauren’s interim SVP, digital & e-commerce (EMEA) since October 2016. He also held previous leadership roles at Glasses Direct & Sunglasses Group and Tiffany & Co.

Bruno Magli

Former Bruno Magli executive Scott Prentice is coming back as the company’s new North American president. Prentice held a similar role from 1995 to 2005 before taking up an executive role at Bally. He joins Bruno Magli from Calvin Klein, where he served as the VP of Calvin Klein Footwear.