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Shuffle Board: Nordstrom Shakes Up Executives, Amazon Poaches Target’s SVP of Strategy


Net-A-Porter’s VP of global buying Sarah Rutson is leaving her position. Rutson has worked at Net-A-Porter since 2014 and was responsible for the site’s exclusive collaborations and luxury brand commerce expansion. Before joining Net-A-Porter, Rutson served as Lane Crawford’s fashion director for many years.


Amazon tapped former Target SVP of strategy and innovation Jamil Ghani to run the international Amazon Prime membership business. At Target, Ghani was responsible for executing the company’s brick-and-mortar and e-commerce strategies for continued prosperity. In his previous post, Ghani led a 150-person team that managed Target’s business development and technology expansion. Amazon’s recent executive move reflects the company’s desire to expand Prime globally beyond the U.S. consumer demographic.

Ralph Lauren

Katie Ioanilli was hired as Ralph Lauren’s new SVP of global corporate communications. In her new role, Ioanilli will lead all global corporate and international communications for the company. Ioanilli joins Ralph Lauren from Brunswick Group LLP, where she served as a London-based partner. Her resume includes previous stints at Burberry and Inditex.


Nordstrom announced multiple executive change-ups this week.

Nordstrom Rack president Geevy Thomas was promoted to the newly created position of chief innovation officer. In his new role, Thomas will oversee a team that will brainstorm strategies for the company’s digital and mobile integration initiatives. Former Nordstrom Canada president Karen McKibbin will fill Thomas’ post as the new Nordstrom Rack president.

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A new Trunk Club leadership team was also announced. Trunk Club CEO Brian Spaly is leaving his post and will be succeeded by NordstromRack.Com and HauteLook president Terry Boyle. Trunk Club’s new leadership team also includes Trunk Club CFO Kevin Price, who will also serve as COO, Trunk Club CMO Linda Bartman and Trunk Club SVP of sales Michael Barkin.

Jil Sander

Jil Sander is allegedly hiring two new creative directors, Lucie Meier and Luke Meier. The designer duo is said to be taking over creative director Rodolfo Paglialunga’s post. The transition is not expected to be announced until March, since both designers are still working on the label’s womenswear collection.

Yandy appointed e-commerce veteran Thom Brodeur as its new CEO. Brodeur has over 20 years of e-commerce experience with previous roles at GoDaddy and Marketwired. Yandy’s current CEO Chad Horstman will remain a co-owner and continue to serve on the company’s Board of Directors.

Bottega Veneta

Lisa Pomerantz is returning to Bottega Veneta as the label’s new chief marketing officer. Pomerantz joins Bottega Veneta from Michael Kors, where she recently served as the company’s SVP of global communications and marketing for six years. Prior to her position at Michael Kors, Pomerantz was in charge of Bottega Veneta’s global communications for nine years. Pomerantz’s resume also includes previous stints at Carolina Herrera and Donna Karan.


Troy Brown was named as TrueFit’s new chief retail officer. In his new role, Brown will oversee the company’s SaaS solutions, including a new Discovery platform where consumers shop across multiple retail environments. Brown joins TrueFit from Demandware, where he served as the company’s acting VP of North American sales.

Carolina Herrera

Sources said Carolina Herrera CEO Francois Kress is departing from the label. Kress joined Carolina Herrera in March 2015, taking over for former CEO Caroline Brown who left her post to become CEO of Donna Karan International. Kress’ departure follows Carolina Herrera’s recent lawsuit with Oscar de la Renta, which involved the employment arrangement of designer Laura Kim.

Bluestem Group

Bluestem Group CFO Mark Wagener is retiring from his post this year. He will remain on the Bluestem Team until July 3, 2017 to assist his successor, which hasn’t been determined yet by the company.


Kohl’s has cut two EVPs as part of its streamlining initiatives. EVP and general merchandise manager Nancy Feldman and EVP of product development Arthur Lewis were let go from the company’s executive team. Kohl’s will allocate their responsibilities to other executives, while the company continues improve its consumer shopping experiences and merchandising operations.