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Shuffle Board: Walmart Canada Names Barbeito CEO, A&F Appoints Regional Chiefs

Retail

Walmart Canada

Walmart Canada appointed of Horacio (Haio) Barbeito to the position of president and CEO, effective in October, pending work authorization.

Barbeito joined Walmart nearly 25 years ago and developed his career through leadership roles in Argentina, the U.S., Puerto Rico and Chile. He is currently CEO of Walmart Argentina and Chile.

At the same time, the company announced that after a 23-year career at Walmart, Lee Tappenden, the current Walmart Canada president and CEO, will be leaving the company at the end of the year. Tappenden will work with Barbeito through October and will then take on a global role as part of the international support team focusing on global sourcing and supplier leverage until his departure on Jan. 31.

Walmart Canada operates a chain of more than 400 stores nationwide serving more than 1.2 million customers. Walmart Canada’s flagship online store, Walmart.ca, is visited by more than 750,000 customers daily.

Abercrombie & Fitch

Abercrombie & Fitch Co. announced two key senior hires to lead its Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) and Asia-Pacific (APAC) regions.

Daniel Le Vesconte and Olga Wu recently joined A&F Co. as group vice presidents, overseeing the company’s EMEA and APAC operations, respectively. These new positions and executives will both report to Kristin Scott, president of global brands, and will be responsible for executing the company’s brand strategies to drive growth in their respective local markets.

In conjunction with these appointments, the company continues to build its international presence and has selected the London and Shanghai offices as its regional EMEA and APAC headquarters, respectively. The regional headquarters will complement existing teams in place in EMEA and APAC and will include robust, regionally focused teams across marketing, merchandising, planning, inventory management, promotions, customer research, strategic planning and finance.

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Le Vesconte joins the company from footwear and clothing brand, Dr. Martens, where he served as president, EMEA. Wu joins the company from VF Corp., where she most recently served as general manager of Timberland in China.

Shopkick

Shopkick, a shopping rewards app in the U.S., announces David Fisch as the company’s new general manager.

In June, Shopkick was acquired by Trax, a global provider of computer vision and analytics solutions for retail. Fisch will leverage his extensive experience building successful businesses and creating value to propel Shopkick to the next level.

Prior to joining Shopkick, Fisch was chief revenue and marketing officer at AerNow, where he was responsible for guiding content creators’ business growth through live and video on-demand content. Before AerNow, he served as vice president of strategy at Criteo, where he worked to scale the company’s machine learning, big data and marketing solutions.

Shopkick provides high consumer engagement along the entire path to purchase for brands and retailers. Some of its leading brand and retail partners include TJ Maxx, Coty, eBay and Unilever.

Gap Inc.

Gap Inc. announced that Brent Hyder, executive vice president and chief people officer, will leave the company next month to pursue an external opportunity.

A Gap spokesperson said Hyder’s responsibilities will be divided between two longtime Gap Inc. executives. Michele Nyrop is being promoted to EVP, leading Gap Inc.’s talent and communications functions. She previously served as senior vice president of human resources for Banana Republic and Gap Inc.

Keith White, who is EVP of loss prevention and global sustainability, will expand his responsibilities to now also include the Gap Foundation.

Poshmark

Social commerce platform Poshmark appointed Jenny Ming, former CEO and president of Charlotte Russe, to its board of directors.

Ming is the seventh member of Poshmark’s board, joining Manish Chandra, founder and CEO of Poshmark; Navin Chaddha, managing director at Mayfield; Hans Tung, managing partner at GGV Capital; John Marren, senior managing director, North America at Temasek; Jeff Epstein, former chief financial officer of Oracle and DoubleClick, and businesswoman and tennis champion Serena Williams.

Ming also sits on the boards of Levi Strauss & Co and Paper Source.

Textiles

Lenzing

Lenzing AG named Filip Miermans to head its department of corporate communications and investor relations.

In this capacity, Miermans will report directly to Stefan Doboczky, CEO of Lenzing. He succeeds Waltraud Kaserer, who will continue to support Lenzing in the field of public affairs.

Before joining Lenzing, Miermans served as head of marketing and corporate communications for mechanical engineering company Lisec Austria GmbH since 2013. Previously he held management positions in marketing and communications at Miba AG, Heradesign (Knauf Insulation) and the Plansee subsidiary Ceratizit.

Brands

PVH Corp.

PVH chairman and CEO Emanuel Chirico was appointed by United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres to the UN Global Compact board.

The UN Global Compact’s mission is to mobilize a global movement of companies and stakeholders as a force for good to create a better world. With more than 9,500 companies and 3,000 non-business signatories based in more than 160 countries, it is the largest corporate sustainability initiative in the world.

Comprising 24 representatives of business, civil society and other stakeholders from around the globe, the UN Global Compact Board plays an important role in shaping the strategy and policy of the initiative, which acts as the UN’s flagship for responsible business action.

The appointment complements PVH’s announcement last week that it joined the Fashion Pact, a coalition of more than 30 global fashion companies that have pledged to reduce the environmental impact of the fashion industry.

Trade

USITC

Amy A. Karpel, a Democrat of Washington state, was sworn in as a commissioner of the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC). Karpel was confirmed by the Senate on Aug. 1 for the term expiring on June 16, 2023.

Karpel comes to the USITC after serving more than 13 years at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), including as chief counsel for negotiations, legislation and administrative law and director for environment and natural resources.

While at USTR, Karpel engaged in the negotiation and implementation of U.S. international trade agreements and served as lead counsel in disputes before the World Trade Organization.

The USITC is an independent, nonpartisan, fact-finding federal agency that investigates and makes determinations in proceedings involving imports claimed to injure a domestic industry or violate U.S. intellectual property rights; provides independent analysis and information on tariffs, trade and competitiveness to the President and the Congress; and maintains the U.S. Harmonized Tariff Schedule.

Flexport

Flexport tapped customs brokerage expert Tom Gould as vice president of customs and trade advisory. In his new role, Gould will help scale Flexport’s trade advisory services, spanning duty saving and deferment strategies, country of origin shifting and classification services.

Prior to Flexport, he served as senior director of customs and international trade for Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg. He is also a member of U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Trade Support Network and leads its executive committee, and serves as past president and member of the board of the Foreign Trade Association.

Flexport serves more than 10,000 clients and suppliers across more than 200 countries, offering a full range of services, including ocean, air, truck and rail freight, drayage & cartage, warehousing, customs brokerage, financing and insurance—all informed and powered by its software platform.