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Shuffle Board: Salvatore Ferragamo Shifts Leadership, UPS Appoints COO


Jigsaw CEO Peter Ruis is exiting the company. Ruis joined the fashion retailer in 2013, taking over for Jigsaw’s joint CEOs, its founder John Robinson and chairman Charles Atterton. As part of this transition, Atterton will take over as Jigsaw’s executive chairman. Jigsaw did not disclose who would replace Ruis yet.

W.L. Gore & Associates

Jason Field, global sales and marketing leader for Gore Medical Products Division, will succeed Terri Kelly, president and CEO of W.L. Gore & Associates, effective April 1. Field joined Gore in 2005, where he served as a product specialist focusing on medical devices and then moved into other sales and marketing leadership roles. Field also serves as a member of the Medical Products Division leadership team. As part of this transition, Kelly will continue to serve on W.L. Gore & Associates’ board of directors through July.

VF Corporation

VF Corp. hired Velia Carboni as its chief digital officer. In her role, Carboni will oversee the integration of digital capabilities across VF Corp. and its brands on a global scale. Carboni joins VF Corp. from Fidelity Investments, where she most recently served as senior vice president, mobile and emerging platforms for the company’s personal investing/retail division. She will be based at VF Corp.’s headquarters in Greensboro, N.C.

Akzo Nobel

Akzo Nobel, a specialty chemicals producer, nominated Nils Smedegaard Andersen to become chairman of its supervisory board. The company said the move is subject to approval by its annual shareholders at a meeting slated for April. Andersen, who previously served as the CEO of shipping company Maersk, would replace Antony Burgman, who recently announced his retirement.

RYU Apparel

RYU Apparel, a urban athletic clothing retailer, appointed Cesare Fazari to its advisory board. Fazari, who is a shareholder of the RYU brand, is also a founding partner in Northwood Developments, possessing more than 30 years of experience in commercial retail rollouts. He also serves as a director of the public merchant bank Fountain Asset Corporation.

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United Parcel Service Inc. (UPSpromoted Jim Barber to the role of chief operating officer. Barber, who started with UPS as a delivery driver in 1985, served as president of UPS International for the last five years. Nando Cesarone, president of UPS’s European operations, succeeds Barber and joins UPS’s Management Committee.

Roger Vivier

Paris-based shoe designer Roger Vivier named Gherardo Felloni as its creative director. Felloni’s resume includes previous stints at Dior, Fendi, Helmut Lang, Miu Miu and Prada Group. His predecessor, Bruno Frisoni, is leaving the company after 16 years.

Salvatore Ferragamo

Salvatore Ferragamo SpA president Ferruccio Ferragamo will take on the role of interim CEO, following the departure of CEO Eraldo Poletto. Poletto, who joined Ferragamo in 2016, previously headed up Furla’s international expansion efforts. Salvatore Ferragamo has not disclosed a permanent replacement for Poletto.

Shop Direct

Shop Direct, a U.K.-based retailer, tapped Henry Birch as its CEO. Birch, who will join Shop Direct later this year, currently serves as CEO of Rank Group, a gambling and leisure company. Prior to his tenure at Rank Group, Birch was the CEO of William Hill Online, a London-based bookmaker. He will replace Derek Harding, Shop Direct’s interim CEO.

Harvey Nichols

Luxury retailer Harvey Nichols named Deborah Bee as its group marketing and creative director. In her new role, Bee will be responsible for communications strategy and consumer retention. Bee previously served as the director of Eco-Age, a branding and marketing consultancy.


Target’s board of directors elected Dmitri L. Stockton as a director. Stockton joins Target from General Electric Company (GE), where he was senior vice president until his retirement in March 2017. During his tenure at GE, Stockton held various leadership roles, including the CEO and president of GE Capital Global Banking, and chairman, president and CEO of GE Asset Management. Stockton also serves on the boards of American Family Insurance and supply chain management provider Ryder System, Inc.


Archroma, a global color and specialty chemicals company, appointed Marcos Furrer as its president of brand and performance textile specialties and innovation, effective at the end of March. Furrer recently served as head of Regional Business Line Europe, BU Pigments, Strategic Plastics, at Clariant, a specialty chemicals company. He succeeds Thomas Winkler, who will retire at the end of the month after more than 30 years in the textile industry.


Liberty London, a U.K.-based apparel retailer, named Rob Unsworth as its chief financial officer. Unsworth joins Liberty from Debenhams, where he most recently served as the company’s finance director.

Victoria Beckham

Victoria Beckham hired Ralph Toledano, the current president of Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode, as its new chairman. Toledano most recently served as the president of Puig’s fashion arm. Prior to his tenure at Puig, Ralph Toledano served as CEO of Chloé.