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Shuffle Board: House of Fraser Changes Up Leadership, Lanvin Loses Key Executive

House of Fraser

House of Fraser is shaking up its executive fleet as part of its five-year strategy plan.

After six months in his role, House of Fraser digital director David Seeby is exiting the company.

The company also tapped former Aviva executive Michelle Maynard as its new chief people officer. Maynard joins House of Fraser from Aviva, where she served as Aviva France’s chief people officer. Her resume includes previous stints at British Airways and Thomas Cook Group.


Dune CEO John Egan is transitioning from his full-time role to become a non-executive director for Dune Holdings. His successor, Dune COO James Cox, will be promoted to the role of CEO at the end of August. During his tenure at Dune, Egan contributed to many of the company’s milestones, including the acquisition of Shoe Studio in 2009. Cox joined Dune in 2013 and held other executive positions at the label, including finance director.

Shop Direct

Sarah Curran, managing director of Shop Direct’s fashion business, Very Exclusive, exited the company. Curran joined Shop Direct in 2013, where she oversaw major internal projects, including the launch of Very Exclusive in February 2015. Before her tenure at Shop Direct, Curran founded in 2006, which ceased trading in 2014 following financial troubles. Curran hasn’t indicated where she will go next.

Bluestem Group

Peter Michielutti was appointed as Bluestem’s new chief financial officer, effective July 24. Michielutti joins Bluestem from Christopher & Banks, where he served as the company’s EVP, COO & CFO. His resume includes previous stints at Whitehall Jewelers and Wilson’s Leather. His predecessor, Bluestem CFO Mark Wagener, is retiring from his post.


Amid falling revenues and other financial problems, Lanvin is loosing another key executive.

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Lanvin artistic director Bouchra Jarrar is leaving the label. Jarrar joined Lanvin last year to succeed Alber Elbaz, who helmed the label’s eveningwear design for 14 years. During her short tenure at Lanvin, Jarrar was crucial in shaping the label’s creative direction despite mounting financial issues and the departure of Elbaz. A statement from Lanvin confirmed that the exit was mutal and Jarrar will be pursuing other design projects.

Boardriders, Inc.

Boardriders hired Nate Smith as its new president of the Americas region. Smith brings numerous years of retail experience and previously held leadership roles at Oakley and Patagonia. Along with this transition, Greg Healy, Boardriders’ current global president and Americas leader, is returning home to Australia to helm the APAC region.


Renfro tapped former VF Corp. executive Stan Jewell as its new CEO and president. Jewell joins Renfro from VF Corp., where he served as president of VF Corp.’s Central and South America operations based in Chile. He succeeds Bud Kilby, who recently retired after his 26-year tenure at the company.

Christopher & Banks Corporation

Christopher & Banks Corporation confirmed the departure of  EVP, COO & CFO Pete Michielutti, who will take on the role as Bluestem Group’s new CFO, effective July 14. A successor has not yet been determined.


Moncler is changing up its leadership to accommodate operational changes.

The label’s communication, digital and marketing functions will be managed by COO Roberto Eggs, while supply chain operations will be helmed by chief corporate officer Luciano Santel.

Zuhair Murad

Lebanese couture house Zuhair Murad hired Alessandro Cremonesi as the new CEO of ready-to-wear and accessories. Before joining the house in May, Cremonesi served as the CEO of Jil Sander for eight years.