Under Armour SVP Leanne Fremar is leaving the apparel world to join Starbucks as executive creative director. She previously served in leadership positions at Gucci Group, Polo Ralph Lauren and Theory.
Ramona Messore was named Saks Fifth Avenue’s new VP and general manager. With more than 20 years of retail experience, Messore will oversee the new Saks location at Brickell City Centre in Miami, which will open this fall. Her resume includes previous stints at Saks Bal Harbour, Joseph Ribkoff and Daniel Leather.
Sears Canada has appointed Heywood Wilansky as a new company director and senior advisor for merchandising, marketing and retail. In his new role, Wilansky will be responsible for facilitating future vendor relationships for the company. Previously, Wilansky served as CEO of many stores, including Bon-Ton and DSW.
Roberto Cavalli SpA hired Gian Giacomo Ferraris as its new CEO. Ferraris will succeed former Roberto Cavalli CEO Renato Semerari, who is leaving the company over creative differences. Effective in September, Francesco Trapani is also leaving his position after leading the company as Roberto Cavalli’s president since 2014.
Raf Simons was named as Calvin Klein’s chief creative officer. In his new role, Simons will be in charge of the Calvin Klein brand’s global creative strategy. He will also lead the communications, design and global marketing departments. Pieter Mulier was hired as creative director, where he will manage the men’s and women’s design teams.
BCBGeneration creative director Joyce Azria left her position to launch her own millennial women’s line, Avec Les Filles. In 2009, Azria became BCBGGeneration’s creative director where she led the brand’s design operations for seven years. Her departure follows her father, Max Azria, who resigned from his CEO position in March.
Academy Sports + Outdoors
Michelle Gloeckler was appointed as the new Academy Sports + Outdoors EVP and chief merchandising officer in addition to president of its global sourcing entity, Academy International Limited. Previously, Gloeckler served as Walmart’s health & wellness EVP. She will begin her new role on Aug. 29.
Michael Ward, Harrods managing director, will stay in his position to assist the company through the U.K.’s economic changes. Helen David will be the company’s new chief merchant after being promoted from her fashion director position.
River Island tapped former Tesco head of menswear Nick Tahir as its new head of global men’s clothing, footwear and accessories. Tahir previously served as a buying controller at Primark and also held senior buyer positions at Arcadia Group and TJX Europe.
HSN CFO and COO Judy Schmeling is switching company roles and will be the new president of Cornerstone. While HSN is searching for a CFO replacement, Schmeling will continue to handle her old responsibilities and report to CEO Mindy Grossman.