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Shuffle Board: Puig Shifts Fashion House Lineups, Walmart Promotes Tech Executives


Spain-based fashion company Puig promoted José Manuel Albesa to the role of chief brand officer. In his new role, Albesa will helm Puigs’ fashion houses, including Carolina Herrera, Jean Paul Gaultier, Nina Ricci and Paco Rabanne. His predecessor, Ralph Toledano is resigning from his role after five years of service with the company.

Three new executives were also hired at Puig. Bastien Daguzan was hired as general manager of Paco Rabanne Fashion, Sophie Templier was appointed as the general manager of Nina Ricci Fashion and Emilie Rubinfeld, who was named president of Carolina Herrera, will be the label’s chief marketing officer.

Tailored Brands

Tailored Brands named Dinesh Lathi as the new non-executive chairman of the board. Lathi joined Tailored Brands’ board in 2016 and currently serves as a member of the audit and compensation committees. Lathi has held many leadership roles in the retail sector, including CEO of One Kings Lane and eBay. He will succeed William Sechrest, who will remain on Tailored Brands’ board.


Walmart is shaking up its tech executive lineup to fortify its m-commerce capabilities.

VP of engineering Fiona Tan was promoted to the role of SVP of U.S. customer technology. Jaya Kolhatkar, who joined Walmart in 2013 after her predictive analytics firm, Inkiru Inc., was acquired by the retailer, was promoted to the role of SVP of global data and analytics. Tech executive Jae Evans was also promoted to the role of VP of global technical engineering and operations.

RYU Apparel

RYU Apparel created an advisory board to helm its finances and strategic initiatives. The Advisory board will provide advice on the strategy of the company, assist with business development and facilitate introductions between the company and investors.

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Lani Martin, MBA and John Campbell, CPA, MBA and CFA, were both appointed as the first members of RYU Apparel’s Advisory Board. With nearly 30 years of experience in accountancy, Martin has held many leadership roles at companies including Bank of America. Campbell’s resume also includes previous stints at investment companies, including founder and president of Camlin Capital Inc. and founder and chairman of TriView Capital Ltd.


Walmart e-commerce executive Brent Beabout was tapped as Nordstrom’s new EVP of supply chain. Previously, Beabout served as the senior VP of e-commerce supply chain for Walmart and Sam’s Club, where he was responsible for the execution of digital logistics operations. Walmart’s current EVP of supply chain, Mike Sato, allegedly still has his role according to the Nordstrom corporate governance page. It is unknown if Sato and Beabout will share responsibilities moving forward.

Calvin Klein

Erika Albies was appointed as the new VP of Calvin Klein. Albies joins Calvin Klein from WME/IMG, where she served as IMG Fashion’s VP of global communications. Her resume also includes previous stints at Giorgio Armani and Prada USA.

Sportsman’s Warehouse

Jon Barker was named president and CEO of Sportsman’s Warehouse. In his new role, Barker will oversee the supply chain, operations and technology functions of Sportsman’s Warehouse, while helming the company’s e-commerce business. With over 25 years of multi-channel retail experience, Barker has held many leadership roles, including Walmart’s VP global officer.


The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) is expanding its environmental compliance team. Andrew Sousa was hired as the Center for Retail Compliance’s new assistant director and RILA director. In his new role, Sousa will oversee RILA’s committee of retail environment compliance professionals. Sousa recently served on the risk & regulatory affairs team at the Canadian Tire Corporation.


Amazon is boosting its community engagement initiatives. The e-tailer hired Alice Shobe as the company’s first director of community engagement to manage Amazon’s philanthropic efforts. As a nonprofit sector veteran, Shobe has held leadership roles at many organizations, including the Sound Families Initiative.

Columbia Sportswear

Columbia Sportswear appointed David Lawner as the SVP of North America direct-to-consumer (DTC). Lawner joined Columbia Sportswear in October, where he served as the interim SVP of Retail, North America and EMEA. Lawner’s resume also includes previous stints at Nautica and Tommy Hilfiger.


After working with Topshop for more than 30 years, managing director Mary Homer is exiting her role. Homer joined Topshop as a merchandiser and has held her current role since 2006. She is set to succeed The White Company’s CEO Will Kernan.