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Shuffle Board: Farfetch Grows Leadership, New Levi’s Digital Chief, New Neiman Brand Chief

Brands

Elizabeth von der Goltz. Courtesy of Farfetch

Farfetch

Luxury marketplace Farfetch has announced changes to its leadership team. Elizabeth von der Goltz has joined the Farfetch executive team, taking on the roles of chief fashion and merchandising officer and CEO of Browns. Sindhura Sarikonda will also join the company this month as president of the Americas. Stephanie Simon is also joining the business to head up community and Web3 efforts for the Farfetch Group as vice president of community and Web3.

Chief brand officer Holli Rogers and chief growth officer Martin Avetisyan will leave the company to pursue other opportunities.

Levi Strauss & Co.

Levi Strauss & Co. has named Jason Gowans as senior vice president and chief digital officer, effective Feb. 6. The former Nordstrom executive will be focused on bringing together LS&Co. ’s engineering, data, artificial intelligence and digital product management to spearhead digital efforts both for e-commerce and the digital go-to-market.

The appointment of a chief digital officer is key to managing the company’s primary growth drivers, including DTC revenue increases from productivity, service, loyalty and e-commerce acceleration.

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Vince

Global contemporary group Vince Holding Corp. announced that David Stekfo, chief financial officer (CFO), has retired and will step down effective Feb. 10.

Amy Levy, Vince’s senior vice president, financial planning and analysis and investor relations, will succeed Stefko as CFO, who will remain with the company in an advisor role to provide guidance and ensure a smooth transition through May 2023.

Jessica Holscott. Courtesy of Authentic Brand Group

Authentic Brands Group

Global brand development, entertainment and marketing platform Authentic Brand Group has appointed Jessica Holscott as CFO. Holscott succeeds Kevin Clarke, founding partner and longtime company leader, as he assumes a new position as executive vice chairman.

Holscott will lead Authentic’s finance teams in her new role and partner with founder, chairman and CEO Jamie Salter and executive leadership to drive sustainable, long-term value creation through financial strategy and fiscal performance. 

Gymshark 

Gymshark, the fitness community and apparel brand, announced the appointment of Laurent Madelaine as its new chief supply chain officer (CSCO). Madelaine is the latest in a recent spate of senior appointments at Gymshark, following Mat Dunn joining from Asos as CFO, John Douglas joining from Burberry as chief technology officer and Carly O’Brien joining from The Very Group as vice president of marketing.

In his new role, Madelaine will be responsible for running Gymshark’s sourcing, supply chain and logistics smoothly. He will also oversee Gymshark’s quality control and sustainability strategy. He will report directly to founder and CEO Ben Francis.

Kristen Graf. Courtesy of Darn Tough Vermont

Darn Tough Vermont

Darn Tough Vermont, an American manufacturer of performance outdoor and lifestyle socks, added Kristen Graf as global director, environmental and social responsibility. Graf is stepping into the role with two decades of experience developing and overseeing sustainability and equity programs. Graf will leverage her skillset to shift towards corporate engagement and the outdoor industry, helping Darn Tough continue navigating the trail of environmental and social accountability.

As global director of environmental and social responsibility, Graf will focus on the brand’s mission to produce quality socks while positively affecting the environment and the community.

Retail

Nabil Aliffi. Courtesy of Neiman Marcus

Neiman Marcus Group

Neiman Marcus Group announced that Nabil Aliffi has joined the company as chief brand officer, and Stefanie Tsen Ward has been promoted to chief retail officer. Both are newly created roles that report to Ryan Ross, president of the Neiman Marcus brand, who joined the company in August 2022.

Previously the global chief creative officer of Soho House & Co., Aliffi led the creative vision, services and digital membership offering. After co-founding Vulture Magazine, he also held leadership positions at Selfridges and Urban Outfitters. Tsen Ward will be responsible for activating the “extraordinary” across the brand’s 36 stores, working with Aliffi to bring the brand’s vision and experience to life. 

Technology

Maurizio Capuzzo. Courtesy of Sedex

Sedex

Sustainability technology company Sedex appointed Maurizio Capuzzo as chief marketing officer. Based in North America, Capuzzo joins the company’s leadership team to further advance Sedex’s mission of making global supply chains more socially and environmentally sustainable. 

As environment, social and governance (ESG) and operating responsibly become increasingly critical, Capuzzo will lead Sedex to reach more businesses to benefit from its platform, data insights and services to meet its sustainability goals. 

Harriet Vocking. Courtesy of Eco-Age

Eco-Age

Eco-Age, the integrated strategy consultancy that creates systemic solutions for a regenerative world, announced Harriet Vocking as its new CEO. Vocking, formerly chief strategy officer, has worked with Eco-Age for 10 years and has been integral to its success and growth. She has driven the business with passion, nurturing its clients and teams and expanding the company vision. 

The company also appointed Mary-Jane Attafuah as consultancy director, who joins Fiona Robinson as operations director, Silvia Laurino as commercial director, Jenny Campbell as design director and Steve Pavlou as finance director.

Trade

Chris Lucas. Courtesy of USFIA

The United States Fashion Industry Association 

The United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA) announced that the board of directors has elected a new chair, Chris Lucas, senior director, associate general counsel at American Eagle Outfitters, Inc.

Lucas takes over as chairman from Anna Walker, vice president of public affairs for Levi Strauss & Co., who chaired the board since July 2020. Lucas has been a member of the USFIA board of directors since 2018 and served as vice chair of the board of directors since 2020. To replace Lucas as vice chair, the USFIA board elected Michael Lambert, executive director of global trade and compliance for Urban Outfitters, Inc. Lambert has been a member of the board of directors since 2020.

Eda Sanchez-Persampieri. Courtesy of LIM College

LIM College

Eda Sanchez-Persampieri has been named dean of graduate studies at LIM College, located in New York City and focused exclusively on the study of business of fashion and lifestyle. 

As dean of graduate studies, Sanchez-Persampieri will be responsible for all aspects of graduate-level education at LIM College, including hiring and mentoring faculty, developing curricula, creating new programs and overseeing student advising.