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Shuffle Board: Lyons Exits J. Crew, Bergdorf Goodman Chief Moves to Coach

Differential Brands Group

Differential Brands Group named Matthew Fior as the new president of Hudson Jeans, effective April 10. Before joining Hudson Jeans, Fior held the position of CMO at Lucky Brand, where he led the retailer to significant sales growth across the e-commerce, retail and licensing channels. Fior’s resume also includes previous stints at Levi Strauss & Co. and Gap.

Bergdorf Goodman

Head of Bergdorf Goodman Joshua Schulman is resigning from his role on May 10, as Bergdorf Goodman’s parent company, Neiman Marcus Group Ltd., considers a buyout. In a filing on Friday, the company indicated that the resignation was not due to internal disputes with Neiman Marcus. Neiman Marcus’ chief merchandising officer, James Gold, will take over Goodman’s role until a replacement is determined by the company. Meanwhile Shulman is off to Coach


Coach Inc has appointed Joshua Shulman to the role of president and CEO of the Coach brand, as of June 5th. In the newly created role, Shulman will be responsible for all aspects of the brand globally. He will report to the CEO of Coach, Inc., Victor Luis. Also, Ian Bickley, currently president of international group for the Coach brand, will be promoted to the new role of president, global business development and strategic alliances for Coach, Inc., as of July 2nd. He will be responsible for the strategic partnerships across brands. In other company news, it has been announced that Andre Cohen, president of North America and  Global Marketing of the Coach brand is leaving at the end of June.

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Aerosoles changed up its executive staff this week.

Current CEO and president R. Shawn Neville will take on the role of executive chairman of the board. Although Shawn has moved to Colorado for family reasons, he will remain engaged in the company as executive chairman, director, and a partner to the CEO and Aerosoles’ majority owners, Palladin Consumer Retail Partners.

Denise Incandela was hired as the new CEO of Aerosoles and appointed to the company’s board of directors. With over 20 years of experience in retail, Incandela has held several leadership roles, most recently as the president of Ralph Lauren Global Digital and CIEM. Prior to her tenure at Ralph Lauren, Incandela was the EVP & CMO and EVP & president of Saks Direct at Saks Fifth Avenue.


After 26 years of service, J.Crew’s president and executive creative director, Jenna Lyons, is leaving her post on mutual terms.

Somsack Sikhounmuong, J.Crew’s women’s head of design, will step in as chief design officer, effective immediately. He will manage the women’s, men’s and children’s design teams and other creative departments will report to J.Crew chief Mickey Drexler.

Lyons’ exit follows J.Crew’s ongoing intellectual property dilemma and poor fourth quarter financial results. The retailer intends to boost its market presence with more strategic changes this year.

Yoox Net-a-porter Group

Yoox Net-a-Porter Group appointed Alessandra Rossi as president, off-season. In her new role, Rossi will oversee the strategic direction of the company’s off-season division, including The Outnet and Yoox. She succeeds president Luca Martines.

Ascend Performance Materials

Phil McDivitt was hired as Ascend Performance Materials’ new president and CEO. McDivitt will also serve on the company’s board of directors. McDivitt joined Ascend in 2015 as the president of the company’s nylon division and named president and CEO last year. He will succeed Ascend’s former CEO Frederic M. (Fred) Poses, who will retire and step down from the board of directors.

Ascend board member G. Peter (Pete) D’Aloia, who previously served as the company’s CFO, is also retiring from the company board as well.


Massimo Piombini was named as Balmain’s new CEO. Piombini, who is already a member of Balmain’s board of directors, previously served as Valentino’s worldwide commercial director. In his new role, Piombini will work with Rousteing to expand Balmain’s global footprint and maintain strong connections with its Gen Y audience.