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Shuffle Board: HBC Shakes Up Executive Fleet, Columbia Sportswear Shifts Leadership, J.Crew CEO Steps Down

Tory Burch

Tory Burch named Ayub Mohamed Tory Sport’s new president. In his new role, Mohamed will manage the performance activewear line and report to CEO and chief creative officer Tory Burch and chief legal officer and president of corporate development Robert Isen. With more than 15 years of retail experience, Mohamed has held senior leadership roles at DKNY, Givenchy and Levi Strauss & Co.

Worth Collection

Francine Della Badia was hired as Worth Collection’s new CEO. As CEO, Della Badia will grow the company’s omnichannel strategy, which aims to provide consumers with more stylists and services. She joins Worth Collection from Bonobos, where she recently served as the retailer’s CEO. Prior to her tenure at Bonobos, Della Badia was a Coach executive for 16 years.


J.Crew is shaking up its executives after a rough financial year.

Mickey Drexler is stepping down from his role as CEO and will continue to serve as chairman. J.Crew tapped former West Elm president Jim Brett to assume the role of CEO and join its board of directors. Michael J. Nicholson will remain as CFO, COO and president of J.Crew Group Inc., while Libby Wadle will remain president of Madewell.


John Ray was named as the new creative director of Thomas Pink. In his new role, Ray is expected to rejuvenate the LVMH-owned label, which has struggled over the past few years. Ray’s first designs will be shown in Thomas Pinks’ Fall/Winter ’18 collection. As a fashion industry veteran, Ray has held notable roles at other labels, including director of menswear at Gucci.

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After announcing a North American operations transformation, HBC is changing up its leadership.

Department Store Group:

Alison Coville was named as HBC’s new president and will oversee the company’s Canadian banner. Coville previously served as DSG’s SVP and general merchandise manager. With this transition, Liz Rodbell will continue to serve as president of Lord & Taylor and manage HBC’s U.S. business.

Other Executive Changes:

Janis Leigh was promoted to the role of chief human resources officer. Leigh has held several HR leadership roles at HBC, most recently serving as the company’s SVP of human resources.

HBC’s chief technology officer Janet Schalk will oversee the company’s new HBC Technology group.
Chief corporate development officer Ian Putnam will assume responsibilities of COO for HBC’s Joint Ventures and lead HBC’s real estate team.

EVP of store planning & operations Kerry Mader will take on additional responsibility for North American store operations and merchandising.

Andrew Blecher was appointed as chief communications officer and will take on additional responsibility for the HBC Foundations in Canada and the U.S.

Erik Caldwell was named SVP of supply chain and digital operations. Along with his appointment, Caldwell will take on additional responsibility for HBC’s procurement and digital operations

In addition to these executive changes, HBC is currently searching for a new CFO.


The National Association for the Sewn Products and Textile Industries (SEAMS) appointed WDA founder and CEO Will Duncan as its new executive director. In his new role, Duncan will generate growth and promote the organization’s “Made in America” initiatives. With over 30 years of experience in management development, Duncan has held numerous leadership roles, including EVP of [TC]².

Columbia Sportswear

Columbia Sportswear recently announced changes to its corporate leadership team.

In addition to serving as CEO, Tim Boyle will resume the role of president.

Effective July 1, many executives will take on additional responsibilities or be promoted to new roles:

Tom Cusick will be promoted to the roles of COO and EVP. During his 14-year tenure at Columbia Sportswear, Cusick has held several leadership roles, most recently serving as EVP of finance and CFO. Cusick will remain in his role until the company determines a successor.

Peter Bragdon, who has held leadership roles over the past 15 years, will assume responsibilities for the company’s international distributor business and corporate communications.

SVP, general manager-EMEA region Franco Fogliato will be promoted to the role EVP, America general manager and oversee the company’s direct-to-consumer operations in North America.

Joe Boyle will be promoted to the role of EVP, Columbia brand president and manage the creation of Columbia brand apparel, accessories and footwear. Boyle recently served as the SVP of Columbia Brand merchandising and design.

Doug Morse will be promoted to the role of SVP, emerging brands and APAC. In his new role, Morse will oversee Columbia Sportswear’s business in Asia and direct executives of the company’s other brands, including Mountain Hardwear, prAna and Sorel.

Matthieu Schegg will be promoted to the role of VP, EMEA general manager and oversee the company’s direct-to-consumer and wholesale operations in Europe. Since joining the company in 2015, Schegg has served as the director of sales for Europe Direct.

Pal Zileri

After serving as Pal Zileri’s creative director for three years, Mauro Ravizza Krieger is departing from the company. He will show his final collection at Milan Fashion Week this month.


Capezio tapped fashion industry veteran Lynn Shanahan as its new CEO. As the company’s first female CEO, Shanahan will helm the company’s market initiatives. Shanahan joins Capezio from Kellwood Company, where she recently served as the company’s CEO. Prior to her tenure at Kellwood Company, Shanahan served as Tommy Hilfiger’s group president for 15 years. She will succeed Marc Terlizzi and Anthony Giacoio, who both shared the CEO title. Giacoio and Terlizzi will transition to the company’s board of directors.

H&M Group

Cheap Monday, H&M Group’s cult denim label, announced some executive changes this week.

Cheap Monday head denim designer Carl Malmgren will be promoted to the role of creative director, effective July 1. He will succeed Ann-Sofie Back, who left the label earlier this year.


Ascena Retail Group appointed Marc Lasry and Stacey Rauch to its board of directors.

Lasry rejoins the board after previously serving as a member from 2004 to 2006. For the past 23 years, Lasry served as co-founder, CEO and chairman of Avenue Capital Group. He is currently a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and has previously served on other public boards.

Rauch is a director emeritus of McKinsey and Company, where she helmed the company’s retail and consumer goods practices and served as the head of the North American retail and apparel practice. Her resume also includes previous board stints at many companies, including Ann Inc.


John Veichmanis was appointed as Farfech’s new CMO. Since 2015, Veichmanis has held the role of SVP of digital marketing at the company. As a tech industry veteran, Veichmanis also held other leadership positions at Apple, Dell and Skype. He will succeed former CMO Stephanie Horton.


Diesel appointed Stefano Rosso, son of Diesel founder Renzo Rosso, to the role of North American chief executive. Rosso Jr. joined Diesel in 2005 and recently served as the co-chief executive of OTB, Diesel’s parent company.