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Shuffle Board: Nordstrom CIO to Retire, Burberry Taps Former Céline CEO to Lead Label

Carolina Herrera

Carolina Herrera appointed Emilie Rubinfeld as its new president. Rubinfeld joined Carolina Herrera in 2012 and recently served as the label’s chief marketing officer. Her resume includes previous stints at Akris and Giorgio Armani. She will succeed former CEO Francois Kress, who departed from Carolina Herrera following the label’s lawsuit with Oscar de la Renta.

Under Armour

Under Armour tapped former VF Corp. executive Lance Allega as its new VP of investor relations, effective Jan. 23. In his new role, Allega will oversee the company’s financial performance growth. With over 20 years of investor relations experience, Allega has held previous leadership positions at Accenture, Nike, Oakley Sony and VF Corp.

Ralph Lauren

Kevin Carrigan was named as Ralph Lauren’s new SVP and creative director of Chaps brands and women’s Lauren. In his new role, Carrigan will manage the company’s design teams and licensing for Ralph Lauren’s brands. With over 20 years of industry experience, Carrigan joins Ralph Lauren from Calvin Klein, where he served as the company’s global creative director.

VF Corporation

VF Corporation promoted Joe Alkire to the role of investor relations and financial planning VP. Alkire joined VF Corporation in 2010 and recently served as the company’s VP of corporate finance. He previously served in other leadership positions at PricewaterhouseCoopers and William Blair & Company. His predecessor, Lance Allega, recently left VF Corporation and was hired as Under Armour’s new VP of investor relations.

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G-III Apparel

Barbara Kennedy was appointed as Donna Karan’s new president of wholesale design, merchandising and sales. Kennedy joins G-III Apparel from Ralph Lauren Corporation, where she recently served as the president of dresses. Prior to her Ralph Lauren tenure, Kennedy held leadership roles at Anne Klein, Evan Picone and Jones Apparel Group.


Nordstrom CIO Dan Little will retire from his position in fall 2017. Little has served as Nordstrom’s CIO since 2014. He was responsible for building Nordstrom’s robust digital presence and leading the company’s digital commerce transformation. Nordstrom is currently is currently searching for a new CTO. The company also announced interim leadership transitions, which included Magali Muratore taking over the Merchandising Technology organization and Data & Services team, Travis McElfresh taking over the Digital Technology organization and Steve Brewer taking over the Stores & Payments team.


Target promoted Rick Gomez to the role of EVP and chief marketing officer, effective Jan. 29. In his new role, Gomez will oversee Target’s brand position and marketing integration plans. Gomez joined Target in 2013 and recently served as the company’s SVP of brand and category marketing. His resume includes previous stints at MillerCoors, Quaker Oats and PepsiCo.


Industry veteran Marco Gobbetti was hired as Burberry’s new CEO. Gobbetti recently served as Céline’s CEO and has held other leadership positions at Givenchy and Moschino. He will take over for current CEO Christopher Bailey, who will remain with Burberry as the label’s chief creative officer.