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Shuffle Board: QVC Shakes Up Executive Fleet, Kate Spade CCO Rumored to Exit

Jack Wills

Derek Lovelock, chairman of Jack Wills, is leaving his post at the end of the year to pursue other career interests. Lovelock, who also serves as the chairman of Joe Brown, was appointed as chairman at Jack Wills in 2016 to assist the fashion retailer following a major transaction. Last September, Union Lifestyle Limited acquired 100 percent of the Jack Will Group’s share capital and Lovelock, along with Peter Williams, Jack Wills’ founder, chief executive and co-shareholder, managed the company’s new business initiatives. He will be succeeded by Rothschilds vice chairman, Richard Wyatt, who will take over as non-executive chairman of Jack Wills.

Kate Spade

A Kate Spade & Co. executive may be resigning from her post.

Sources told WWD that Deborah Lloyd, chief creative officer of Kate Spade & Co., is allegedly planning to leave the company—and Kate Spade isn’t providing comment on the rumored move. The company hired Lloyd in 2008, and before her tenure at Kate Spade, she held other leadership roles at Banana Republic and Burberry London. Lloyd ‘s speculated leave is timely with the departure of another executive—Kate Spade CEO Craig Leavitt—who left the company in August. Coach Inc., which acquired Kate Spade in May, is currently searching for Leavitt’s successor.


Karen Peacock, Amazon’s design director, is resigning from the company to take up a similar role at U.K.-based retailer Warehouse, at the end of the month. Before her tenure at Amazon, Peacock served as the womenswear design director at Debenhams from 2002 to 2012. She will succeed former Warehouse designer director Emma Cook.

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Following its acquisition by U.S. private equity firm Carlyle Group, European label Twinset revealed a new corporate brand image, discussed its plans to debut menswear and hired two new co-creative directors—Lara Davies and Bill Shapiro.

Davies, who brings more than 15 years of experience to Twinset, has held leadership roles at Alberta Ferretti, Chloé and Philosophie. Shapiro joins Twinset from Moschino, where he served as the label’s head menswear designer.


Toms tapped fashion veteran John Whitledge as its new creative director. Whitledge, who is co-founder of the Trovata fashion brand and a former recipient of the 2005 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award, will revamp Toms men’s assortment and shoe designs. Whitledge also previously designed Toms’ debut eyewear collection in 2011.


Kristen Campolattaro was tapped as Eloquii’s new VP of brand marketing and consumer insights. In her new role, Campolattaro will oversee the company’s customer insights efforts. Campolattaro joins Eloquii from NBC Universal’s Sprout and Universal Kids networks, where she served as the VP of brand strategy and consumer marketing.

QVC Group

QVC, Inc. CEO and president Mike George announced a new organizational structure and senior executive team that will be effective once Liberty Interactive Corporation acquires HSN, Inc., which is exepected to be later this year. The new executive lineup will feature five business units.

Business Units:

Steve Hofmann, who currently serves as the president of QVC International, will become the president of QVC US.

QVC International will announce a new executive in the coming months.

Mike Fitzharris, who currently serves as CEO, chairman and representative director of QVC Japan, will be the new president of HSN. CNR Mall SVP Gregg Bertoni will take over for Fitzharris as the new CEO of QVC Japan.

Lori Twomey, zulily’s chief merchant, will be the interim president of zulily, until the company hires a successor in the coming months.

Claire Spofford, Garnet Hill president, will also be Cornerstone’s new president.


Primark appointed David James as its new supply chain director. James joined Primark in 2014 as the company’s director of logistics. His resume also includes previous stints at Asda, Matalan, Somerfield and Sainsbury’s. He succeeds former supply chain director Martin White, who is retiring from his post.

Hugo Boss

Hugo Boss tapped Andreas Streubig as its new global sustainability director. Streubig joins Hugo Boss from the Otto Group, where he served as director of the company’s sustainability management division.

Sistema Moda Italia

Marino Vago was named as the new president of Italy-based fashion industry group, Sistema Moda Italia. Vago, who currently serves as CEO of his family’s textile business, Vago SpA, brings more than 20 years of leadership experience. Vago previously served as Confindustria vice president and is also a board member of Italy-based publishing house, “Il Sole 24 Ore.” He succeeds Claudio Marenzi, who has led Sistema Moda Italia for the past four years.