The National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) named Kimberly Glas as the organization’s new president and CEO, effective April 29.
Glas will succeed Augustine “Auggie” D. Tantillo, who previously announced his intention to step down from the same position at NCTO. Marty Moranm chairman of NCTO, noted that the selection followed a rigorous search process that led to Glas’s unanimous approval by the NCTO board of directors.
With more than 20 years of experience in government policy development and advocacy, Glas has spearheaded manufacturing and trade policy efforts on Capitol Hill, serving as a key leader on behalf of the textile industry in the Obama Administration.
Glas most recently served as executive director of the BlueGreen Alliance, a national partnership of labor and environmental organizations working to advance the creation of quality U.S. jobs in the clean energy economy. Prior to that, from 2009 to 2014, she was Deputy Assistant Secretary for Textiles, Consumer Goods and Materials at the U.S. Department of Commerce in the Obama administration.
National Cotton Council
Hank Reichle, a cooperative official from Greenwood, Miss., was elected president of Cotton Council International (CCI) for 2019.
CCI is the National Cotton Council’s export promotion arm and carries out programs in more than 50 countries globally under the Cotton USA trademark.
Reichle, who moves up from CCI first vice president, succeeds Ted Schneider, a producer from Lake Providence, La., who becomes CCI board chairman. Reichle is president and CEO of Staplcotn, headquartered in Greenwood, Miss.
Other 2019 CCI officers elected include merchant Richard L. (Ricky) Clarke III as first vice president, producer Ted Sheely as second vice president and cooperative official Carlos C. Garcia as treasurer.
Macy’s Inc. named Patti Ongman as chief merchandising officer of the Macy’s brand, effective March 1. Ongman succeeds Jeff Kantor, who previously announced his decision to retire. She currently serves as Macy’s executive vice president and general business manager for Home merchandise.
In her new role, Ongman will be responsible for leading Macy’s Merchandising, with oversight of merchandising, private brands and planning for the company’s five “families-of-business”: ready-to-wear, center core, beauty, men’s and kid’s, and home.
Gap Inc. appointed Alegra O’Hare as senior vice president and chief marketing officer of Gap brand, effective Feb. 25. O’Hare report to Neil Fiske, president and CEO of Gap brand.
O’Hare joins Gap brand from Adidas, where she was vice president of global brand communications for Adidas Originals and Style. Prior to joining Adidas in 2007, O’Hare held positions at VF Corp., Bang & Olufsen and Sara Lee Corp.
Walmart Inc. announced that its board of directors appointed Cesar Conde, chairman of NBCUniversal International Group and NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises, as a new independent director to the company’s board.
Conde becomes the 12th member of the board and he will become a member of the company’s audit committee, and technology and e-commerce committee.
Conde also serves on the board of PepsiCo., is a trustee of the Aspen Institute and the Paley Center for Media, and a full member at the Council on Foreign Relations.
J.Jill Inc. appointment Elliot Staples as senior vice president of design, effective Feb. 25. Staples will report directly to J.Jill’s CEO Linda Heasley and will oversee concept and trend, fabric and color, design, technical design and product development for the company.
Prior to joining J.Jill, Staples held vice president of design positions at Maurices and The Limited, as well as senior design roles at The Gap and Adrienne Vittadini. J.Jill operates more than 270 women’s specialty stores nationwide and an e-commerce platform.
American Eagle Outfitters
American Eagle Outfitters Inc. appointed Deb Henretta to the company’s board of directors as an independent director, expanding the board to eight directors, including three women.
Henretta was most recently group president of global e-commerce and president of global beauty at Procter & Gamble Co. She currently serves as a senior advisor to G100, a C-Suite leadership, learning and development company. She also sits on a number of boards, including at Corning Inc., Meritage Homes and NiSource.
Johnston & Murphy
Jon Caplan announced his retirement as CEO of Johnston & Murphy and Genesco’s Branded Group, effective at the end of June.
Johnston & Murphy, an American heritage footwear, apparel and accessories brand, will be led by Danny Ewoldsen, who was named president of Johnston & Murphy in January 2018.
Caplan first joined Genesco, Johnston & Murphy’s parent company, in 1982. He took on numerous roles within the corporation, ultimately serving as president of the Laredo/Code West Boot Company. Following a 10-year stint outside of the company, the majority of the time with Stride Rite Corp., where he led the Stride Rite Children’s Group and its Keds brand, Caplan rejoined Genesco in 2002 as president of Johnston & Murphy and CEO of Genesco’s Branded Group.
Headquartered in Nashville, Johnston & Murphy products are available in more than 2,000 global retail and wholesale locations and at johnstonmurphy.com.
Caleres announced Marci Grebstein will join the company as senior vice president of marketing for Famous Footwear on Feb. 19. Famous Footwear is the largest brand in the Caleres portfolio, with more than $1.6 billion in annual revenue.
Grebstein will oversee all aspects of marketing for Famous Footwear’s more than 1,100 stores and famous.com, including market research, marketing strategy, brand positioning, creative, traditional and digital media, loyalty program, customer relationship management, visual merchandising, special events and cause marketing.
Grebstein served as chief marketing officer at J.C. Penney Co. since 2017. Prior to that, she was chief marketing officer at Lowe’s, where she was instrumental in driving an integrated omnichannel approach to build customer loyalty and company growth.
FedEx Corp. appointed Raj Subramaniam as appointed president and chief operating officer, effective March 1. The appointment follows David J. Bronczek’s personal decision to retire as president and chief operating officer and from the board of directors.
Subramaniam will continue to serve as president and CEO of FedEx Express and will also serve as co-president and co-CEO of FedEx Services. Subramaniam has been with FedEx for more than 27 years and has held various executive level positions in several operating companies and international regions.