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Shuffle Board: Michael Kors Hires New CFO, Uniqlo Taps Gap Veteran to Helm NY R&D Hub, Four Tiffany & Co. Executives Depart

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Michael Kors

Michael Kors

Michael Kors hired Thomas J. Edwards, Jr. as its new EVP, CFO, COO and treasurer. Edwards joins Michael Kors from Brinker International Inc., where he served as EVP and CFO for the past two years. Prior to Brinker International Inc., Edwards held leadership positions at Kraft Foods and Wyndham Worldwide. His predecessor, Joseph B. Parsons, is retiring from the company on Aug. 1.


Balenciaga added four new executives to its roster.

Former Valentino executive Daphné Cousineau was appointed president for Europe and will manage Balenciaga’s performance in Africa, Europe and the Middle East. Laura du Rusquec, who’s resume includes previous stints at Gucci and Kering, was named as the new director of strategic projects. Apparel veteran and former Fast Retailing executive Caroline Bonnet-Maes was tapped as the new worldwide human resources director, while former Céline executive Alexia de Courcel was hired as the global merchandising director for Balenciaga’s men’s and women’s lines.


Lectra appointed CFO Jérôme Viala as its new EVP. Viala served as CFO for the past 23 years and is also a member of Lectra’s executive committee. In his new role, Viala will oversee the coordination of the company’s customer care, consumables, industrial and international human resources activities.

Tiffany & Co.

Some of Tiffany & Co.’s executives have moved on from their roles to lead other companies.

Former senior director, global public relations strategy and development, Tenley Zinke exited the company to fill the role of VP of communications at Fendi. Carson Glover, former senior director of global public relations, resigned in February to join Peninsula Hotel Group as global communications director. Former VP and global creative director Toni Lakis also exited Tiffany last month to become MAC Cosmetics’ creative director. VP and creative director of global digital marketing Diana Hong-Elsey also confirmed her departure to pursue other career interests.

VF Corporation

Martin Schneider, VF Corp.’s VP and CIO is retiring at the end of the year. He will be succeeded by Sandra Harris, VP of global business strategy, who has held various leadership roles at VF Corp. since 2009. Prior to her recent role, Harris served as VF Corp.’s VP and CFO of global supply chain, shared services and direct-to-consumer, as well as an executive on VF Corp.’s global business technology segment.


Uniqlo tapped Gap veteran Rebekka Bay as the creative director of its recently developed New York R&D Center, effective May 1. In her new role, Bay will manage a team of designers and manage Uniqlo’s product design and development initiatives. Bay will also debut her first collections with the retailer for Fall/Winter 2018. Her resume includes previous stints at Cos and Everlane.

Touch of Modern

Egon Smola was hired as Touch of Modern’s new COO and president. In his new role, Smola will develop existing internal talent and determine the strategic direction of the e-tailer. Smola previously held leadership roles at Dealix and GetInsured.

Holt Renfrew

Holt Renfrew is boosting its executive fleet to combat Canada’s competitive retail market.

Holt Renfrew named Linda DeFrances as its new SVP and general merchandise manager, while Manuel Frei was tapped as the new creative director. DeFrances joins Holt Renfrew from Saks Fifth Avenue, where she was VP of women’s RTW and brand development. Grauso, who currently serves as president and chief merchant at Holt Renfrew, was previously the president of Joe Fresh.


Former Yoox executive Paul Brennan was tapped as Browns’ new CEO. In his new role, Brennan will oversee the finance, merchandising, retail operations and IT departments of the luxury online retailer. Brennan joins Browns from Yoox Net-a-Porter group, where he recently served as the deputy post-merger integration and operational excellence director. His resume also includes previous stints at Debenhams, House of Fraser and John Lewis. He will succeed former managing director Christophe Baldy-Moulinier, who left the company to become Farfetch’s supply chain and retail operation director.


Kimberly-Clark hired Larry P. Allgaier as group president of Kimberly-Clark North America, effective April 24. In his new role, Allgaier will oversee Kimberly-Clark’s $8 billion North American consumer business and brands, including Depend Huggies. Prior to joining Kimberly-Clark, Allgaier held leadership positions at Mars Inc. and Novartis.

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