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Walmart

Walmart tapped Aerosoles executive Denise Incandela to be its new SVP of fashion, effective Oct. 2. In her new role, Incandela will oversee the fashion business for the company’s Walmart.com, Shoes.com and Jet.com sites. Incandela joins Walmart from Aerosoles, where she recently served as the shoe brand’s interim CEO. Her resume includes previous stints at Ralph Lauren and Saks Fifth Avenue.

Harvey Nichols

Harvey Nichols changed up its executive fleet this week.

Chief executive Stacy Cartwright will become Harvey Nichols’ new deputy chairman, effective Jan. 1. In her new role, Cartwright will manage the evolution of the U.K.-based department store retailer and take on additional non-executive responsibilities. Cartwright joined Harvey Nichols in 2017, taking over for former chief executive Joseph Wan. Harvey Nichols said they will not be hiring a new chief executive.

As part of this transition, group finance director Manju Malhorta and group commercial director Daniela Rinaldi will be promoted to co-chief operating officer roles, effective Jan. 1. Both executives will assume joint responsibility for Harvey Nichols’ business operations and will oversee the company’s strategic development. Rinaldi has held various leadership roles at Harvey Nichols for more than 30 years, while Malhotra previously served as the company’s CFO and internal audit manager.

HanesBrands

HanesBrands named Barry A. Hytinen as its new CFO, effective Oct. 16. Hytinen joins the company from Tempur Sealy International, where he served as CFO. He brings more than 15 years of finance experience, previously serving as the CFO of Fogbreak Software and an executive at General Electric Company. His predecessor, CFO Richard D. Moss, will take on a role as a company adviser and retire at the end of the year.

Kohl’s

Kohl’s recently announced its new CEO succession plan.

Kohl’s CEO, president and chairman Kevin Mansell, is retiring May 2018. Mansell has held various leadership roles at Kohl’s for the past 35 years, spending 19 years on the company’s board of directors. He assumed the role of CEO nearly a decade ago, and was responsible for broadening the Kohl’s brand portfolio, in addition to overseeing the company’s e-commerce growth.

Michelle Gass, chief merchandising and customer officer, will assume the role of CEO in May 2018. Gass will be nominated to stand for election as a director at the company’s 2018 annual shareholders meeting. In 2013, Gass joined the company as chief customer officer and in 2015, her role expanded to chief merchandising and customer officer, where she managed the company’s merchandising, planning and product development divisions. Her resume includes previous stints at Procter & Gamble and Starbucks.

As part of this transition, Kohl’s chief operating officer Sona Chawla will assume the role of president. Chawla will maintain her responsibilities for the company’s omnichannel operations and e-commerce strategy initiatives. Chawla joined Kohl’s in 2015 as the company’s COO. Her resume includes previous stints at Dell, Inc. and Walgreens.

SATO Holdings

SATO Holdings named Keith Sherry as its new COO. In his new role, Sherry will oversee the strategic development of the SGS suite of IoT products and services for retail companies. Sherry joins SATO Holdings from British Telecom (BT), where he held various executive leadership positions and helmed the company’s supply chain initiatives. Sherry also served as Acuitas Digital Alliance’s VP of business and market development, which was launched by SGS and other companies in 2016 to help companies leverage transformational technologies.

K-Swiss

K-Swiss Global Brands hired Steve Harden as the president of Supra and Kr3w. Harden brings more than 20 years of marketing experience to the company, previously serving as Honeywell’s VP of sales for America. His resume also includes previous stints at Adidas, Oakley, VF Corp. and Yakima.

Finish Line

Finish Line’s board of directors appointed Staples chief technology officer Faisal Masud as a director of the company. In his new role, Masud will serve as a Class II director and member of the board’s compensation committee. Masud has held other executive roles, including EVP of global e-commerce at Staples, head of global shipping and fulfillment at eBay, VP and general manager at Groupon and general manager of global sourcing at Amazon.

Lanvin

Lanvin named Simone Mantura as its new deputy managing director, effective Oct. 1. Mantura will work with former CEO Michèle Huiban, who will also assume the additional title of deputy managing director. Huiban will oversee finances, IT and legal services, while Mantura will be responsible for women’s and men’s ready-to-wear and accessories.

British Retail Consortium

The BRC appointed Richard Pennycook as its new chairman, effective Feb. 1. Pennycook recently left his role as CEO of the Co-operative Group. He brings more than 25 years of retail experience, previously holding leadership roles at Allders, JD Wetherspoon, Laura Ashley, Morrisons and Welcome Break. Pennycook currently serves on other company boards, including The Hut Group and department store retailer Fenwicks. He will take over for current chairman Richard Baker.

Moss Bros

U.K.-based menswear retailer Moss Bros removed its chief operating officer position to accommodate the changing retail landscape.

The company cut the COO role in September, less than two years after appointing former Ann Summers executive Paula Minowa to the role. Minowa exited the company in August to pursue other career interests.

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