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Shuffle Board: Rue21 Names Interim CEO, Céline May Lose Creative Director


Boden appointed former Urban Outfitters CEO Glen Senk to its board of directors, where he will serve as a non-executive director. Senk has more than 20 years of retail experience and previously held leadership roles at Bloomingdale’s, Habitat International Merchandise and Marketing Group and Williams-Sonoma.


Phoebe Philo, Céline’s creative director, is allegedly leaving the company. Philo joined Céline in 2008, where she was responsible for the label’s transformation into a minimalist fashion authority. Industry sources said LVMH is interviewing designers to replace Philo and rebuilding the label’s design team. LVMH didn’t provide commit on the rumored departure, but sources said it is possible that former Stella McCartney design director Natasa Cagalj or Céline ready-to-wear design director Michael Rider could take over for Philo.

Jacques Vert

Shaun Wills, chief executive of Calvetron Brands, the parent company of fashion retailers Dash, Jacques Vert, Precis and Windsmoor is leaving his post. Wills, who also serves as a non-executive director of clothing label Salt Rock, lead Calvetron Brands when it acquired Style Group Brands in June. In 2015, Wills joined Style Group Brands as CFO, then was promoted to the role of chief executive before the company fell into administration. He is succeeded by Peter Ridler, who previously served as Whitestuff’s business development director.

Marcolin Group

Marcolin Group CEO Giovanni Zoppas was appointed as the company’s executive vice chairman and nominated as CEO of the joint venture between LVMH and Marcolin Group. Marcolin Group’s CEO role will be covered by Massimo Renon, who served as Marcolin Group’s worldwide commercial general manager since January.

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Danielle Kirgan was hired as Macy’s new chief human resources officer, effective Oct. 23. In her new role, Kirgan will oversee the company’s human resources functions including strategy, associate relations and talent and performance management. Kirgan, who has more than 20 years of human resources experience, joins Macy’s from American Airlines, where she served as SVP of people. Her resume includes previous stints at ConAgra Foods and Darden Restaurants.

Hudson’s Bay Company

Andrew Taylor was appointed as HBC’s new VP of U.S. public relations. In his new role, Taylor will oversee the development and execution of image-building strategies for Saks Fifth Avenue, Lord & Taylor, Gilt and Saks Off Fifth. Taylor previously served as Burberry’s VP of communications for the Americas.


Rue21 announced executive changes and reorganized its board of directors this week.

The company named Michael Appel as its new chairman and interim CEO. Appel, who has advised multiple department stores including Bloomingdale’s and Fortunoff, will take over for Rue21 interim CEO Melanie Cox, who is resigning from the company. Rue 21’s board has commenced a search for a permanent CEO.

Rue 21’s new board members include H.I.G. Bayside Capital managing director Sean Britain, CEO/chairman of Robert Talbott, Inc. Robert J. Corliss, former Uniqlo executive John Fleming, Minted SVP of merchandising Jennifer Gosselin and former Uniqlo U.S.A. CEO & group officer Larry Meyer.


Matthieu Malige was appointed as the new CFO of Carrefour Group. Malige joins Groupe Carrefour from Fnac Darty, where he served as the company’s CFO. From 2003 to 2011, Malige held various leadership roles at Carrefour Group, including CFO of Carrefour Belgium and CFO of Carrefour France. He succeeds former CFO Pierre Jean Sivignon, who is resigning from his role and will advise Carrefour Group CEO Alexandre Bompard.

Helmut Lang

Helmut Lang named Mark Howard Thomas as its new menswear creative director. Thomas joins the company from Joseph and his debut collection will be Autumn/Winter 2018.

Jens Riewenherm,’s managing director, is exiting the company at the end of the month. The company has not named a successor yet.


Debenhams appointed David Adams as a non-executive board director. In his new role, Adams will join the company’s audit and remuneration committees. In January, he will assume the role of audit committee chairman after Mark Rolf resigns. Adams, a seasoned retail veteran, previously served as House of Fraser’s deputy chief executive and CFO, as well as non-executive chairman of Moss Bros and Jessops.