OTB, the parent company of brands Diesel, Marni and Staff International, appointed Ubaldo Minelli as its new CEO. Minelli previously served as the CEO of Staff International. His predecessor, Riccardo Stilli, who served as OTB’s CEO since 2013, is stepping down from his post.
M&S hired Victoria Self as its new digital director, effective January. In her new role, Self will oversee e-commerce initiatives for M&S’s clothing, food and home segments. Self currently serves as Dixons Carphone’s customer director, where she is responsible for the company’s multichannel strategy. Her resume also includes previous stints at Mothercare and Urban Outfitters. She succeeds former M&S digital director Marcus East, who exited his role in March.
Kering named Grégory Boutté as its new chief client and digital officer. In his new role, Boutté will oversee Kering’s digital transformation initiatives, including CRM, data management and e-commerce. Boutté will report directly to Kering managing director Jean-
John Lewis Parntership
Andrew Murphy was appointed as the John Lewis Partnership’s new CIO, effective February. Murphy currently serves as the group productivity director at the John Lewis Partnership, which owns John Lewis and U.K. supermarket chain Waitrose. He joined the John Lewis Partnership in 1992 and has held various leadership roles within the company, including managing director of John Lewis Aberdeen and John Lewis Edinburgh, operational development director and retail director. He will succeed CIO Paul Coby, who is slated to exit his role after seven years with the company.
Louis Vuitton named Kristine Westerby as its SVP of communications, effective Jan. 3. Westerby joins Louis Vuitton from Max Mara USA, where she has been its SVP of marketing and communications over the past three years. Her resume also includes previous stints at Calvin Klein, Dior, Fendi North America and Gucci. Her predecessor, former SVP of communications Nancy Murray, departed from her role in June to become EVP of communications at Los Angeles-based real estate developer, Caruso.
Columbia Sportswear Company
Columbia Sportswear Company announced new leadership appointments within its finance, legal and manufacturing divisions.
Melissa Dugan was appointed as VP, chief accounting officer and will report to SVP, CFO Jim Swanson. Her resume includes previous stints at Nike, Inc. and Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLP.
Jennifer Warner was named as VP of legal. Warner joins Columbia Sportswear Company from Ashe Legal Group and AsheWorks, Inc., where she served as VP of compliance and chief development officer. Prior to her tenure at Ashe Legal Group and AsheWorks, Inc., Warner held leadership roles at XPO Logistics, Inc., Northwest Natural Gas Company and Stoel Rives LLP.
David Soriano, who currently serves as the company’s general manager of Asia Footwear in Zhuhai, China, will take over the role of VP of footwear manufacturing. His resume includes previous stints at LaCrosse Footwear, Inc., Nike, Inc. and Puma.
Under Armour announced leadership changes within its digital business division, as part of its ongoing goal to grow its e-commerce presence.
Michael La Guardia was appointed as SVP, digital product, effective Jan. 8. In his new role, La Guardia will oversee the company’s digital product development strategy. La Guardia recently served as head of product for Yahoo! Finance and Sports. Prior to his tenure at Yahoo!, La Guardia held leadership roles at AOL/Netscape and LiveOps.
Mike Lee and Albert Lee, the co-founders of MyFitnessPal, a health app which was acquired by Under Armour in 2015, are leaving the company in January to pursue other career interests.
David Bergman was appointed CFO of Under Armour. Bergman, who currently serves as acting CFO, has held various leadership roles, including corporate controller and SVP of corporate finance, within the company over the past 13 years.
Coach is expanding its global executive team with two new appointments in January. Coach tapped Givenchy U.S. president Laura Dubin-Wander to become its new president, North America, while Ralph Lauren president of sales Fredrik Malm was appointed as the new president of Coach Europe and Coach International.
Meridian Specialty Yarn Group
Meridian Specialty Yarn Group announced leadership promotions this week, as it looks to expand its U.S. manufacturing operations.
Stephen Hudson, who previously served as the VP of manufacturing, was promoted to the role of SVP, specialty markets. In his new role, he will oversee the company’s carpet yarn and craft yarn product line developments.
Amy Isenhour, who was hired as a sales and marketing manager for MSYG in 2016, was promoted to the role of VP, sales and marketing.
John Marlowe was named as VP of manufacturing at MSYG’s Valdese plant, where he will manage the facility’s operations.
Mulger hired Casey Cadwallader as its new creative director. Cadwallader joins Mulger from Acne Studios, where he served as the label’s head of womenswear. His predecessor, David Koma, is exiting the label after serving as creative director for the past four years.