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Shuffle Board: Laura Wade-Gery Exits Marks & Spencer

Marks & Spencer

Marks & Spencer’s multi-channel executive director, Laura Wade-Gery, will not be returning to her position after maternity leave. During her tenure, she served on the board and also developed the brand’s e-commerce and multi-channel capabilities. Gery will leave the company at the end of September.


Talbots tapped former Express CEO Michael Weiss as a new board member. Previously, he served as CEO, president and chairman at Express from 2008 to 2015, where he led the brand’s growth in the retail sector. His resume includes stints at Limited Brands and Apparel Industries.

Christian Dior

Damien Bertrand was named managing director of Christian Dior’s women’s departments. In this new position, Bertrand will oversee the development and execution of Dior’s womenswear. Bertrand has held leadership positions at many other companies, including L’Oréal U.K., Maybelline New York and L’Oréal Brazil.


Whistles co-owner Jane Shepherdson has left the brand to pursue her own fashion label. Shepherdson’s presence at Whistles shaped the brand into one of the U.K.’s most popular high street stores. Her role will be assumed by managing director Justin Hampshire, creative director Nick Passmore and brand director Helen Williamson.


Dondup is changing up its team to accommodate new branding and creative efforts. Co-founder Massimo Berloni will be Dondup’s new honorary president. Manuela Mariotti, another co-founder, will continue to serve as creative director of the brand’s men’s and women’s lines. Marco Casoni will be Dondup’s new CEO, succeeding his predessor, Carlo Morfini.

LK Bennett

LK Bennett appointed Darren Topp as its new CEO. Prior to his new position, Topp served as the chief operating officer at BHS. He will succeed Robert Bensoussan, who was the brand’s interim CEO.

Tory Burch

Tory Burch hired John Douglas as its new chief technology officer. Douglas previously served as MCM Fashion Group’s chief information officer. He also held other leadership positions at various fashion labels including Burberry, where he was the luxury brand’s chief technology officer for nine years.


Grita Loebsack has departed Kering on mutual terms. Loebsack managed many fashion labels, including Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Brioni, Christopher Kane and Stella McCartney. Kering group managing director Jean-Francois Palus has not confirmed who will replace Loebsack yet.