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Shuffle Board: Richemont Taps Tech Veteran, Dollar Tree Names New CEO


Vince hired Patrik Ervell as its new VP of men’s design. In his new role, Ervell will lead the brand’s men’s ready-to-wear and accessories collections. Ervell’s first collection for the contemporary fashion brand will debut early next year.

Dollar Tree

Dollar Tree announced a planned leadership succession this week.

Bob Sasser, Dollar Tree’s CEO, will take over the role of executive chairman of the board. Sasser joined Dollar Tree in 1999 as chief operating officer, was promoted to president and chief operating officer in 2001 and to his current role in 2004. Under Sasser’s wing, Dollar Tree has grown to a Fortune 150 company with approximately 180,000 employees, more than 14,500 retail stores and a vast international supply chain of 24 distribution centers nationwide.

Gary Philbin, enterprise president, was promoted to CEO and president of Dollar Tree, and will serve on the company’s board. Philbin joined Dollar Tree in 2001 as SVP of stores, was promoted to chief operating officer in 2007 and to president and chief operating officer in 2013. In July 2015, Philbin assumed the role of chief operating officer and president of Family Dollar when it was acquired by Dollar Tree. This year, Philbin was promoted to enterprise president, overseeing both the Family Dollar and Dollar Tree banners.

French Connection

French Connection appointed two new non-executive board members this week—Sarah Curran, former managing director of online retailer Very Exclusive, and Robin Piggott, who recently served as Moss Bros.’s finance director. They succeed Claire Kent ad Dean Murray, who previously served as long-standing non-executive directors.


Lectra appointed Olivier du Chesnay as its new CFO. Since 2013, du Chesnay has served as Lectra’s deputy chief financial officer. Before joining Lectra, du Chesnay held leadership positions at Accenture, Honeywell Safety Products, Sperian Protection and Saint-Gobain.

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Dsquared2 CEO Gianfranco Maccarrone departed from the company. Maccarrone held various leadership positions at the Milan-based brand for 20 years. During his Dsquared2 tenure, Maccarrone played a crucial role in growing the brand’s international business and expanded its apparel categories to include children’s, men’s and women’s lines. His position is vacant and the company has not determined a successor yet.

Perry Ellis International

Perry Ellis International elected J. David Scheiner as a non-executive chairman. Scheiner was elected to the company’s board in 2014 and has more than 35 years of experience in retail. He currently serves as a consultant to retail and wholesale companies, as well as investment banks investing in the consumer retail industry. He succeeds George Feldenkreis, who will remain as a company board member.


As part of its digital master plan, Richemont added two key executives.

The luxury company hired Jean-Jacques van Oosten as its new chief technology officer, effective Jan. 1. Previously, van Oosten served as the CEO and group chief digital officer of Rewe Digital. With over 20 years of retail experience, van Oosten has also held previous leadership roles at EDS, Kingfisher, Tesco, Travis Perkins Group, Tesco and Unilever.

Sophie Guieysse was named as the company’s new group human resources director, effective Oct. 1. Since last year, Guieysse has served as an advisor to Dior and prior to that, spent 10 years as a human resources director and executive committee member at the Canal Plus group. She has also held various leadership positions at LVMH, recently serving as the group’s director of human resources. She will succeed Thomas Lindemann, who is exiting the company for personal reasons.

Les Copains

Angelo Mariani was appointed as the new CEO of BVM SpA, the company that produces and distributes fashion brand Les Copains. For more than 20 years, Mariani held the role of brand manager at Les Copains. He succeeds current CEO Gaetano Sallorenzo, who joined the brand in 2015.

Lavish Alice

U.K.-based womenswear brand, Lavish Alice, hired Sharon Fraser as is new head of wholesale for the U.K. and other countries.


RFID products and IoT solutions vendor Smartrac appointed Amir Mobayen as its new chief revenue officer. Mobayen brings nearly 30 years of experience in the technology sector, most recently serving as CEO and president of HYCID, a board member of ALPHASTAR Corporation, VP and general manager of intelligent systems at Arrow Electronics EMEA and EVP of worldwide sales and services at MSC Software Corporation.