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Shuffle Board: C-Suite Moves at Tapestry, Hudson’s Bay, Ortholite, CommentSold

Brands

Guess

Guess executives Paul Marciano and Maurice Marciano will remain on the denim brand’s board of directors following its annual shareholder meeting on April 22.

Shareholders voted to re-elect all four of its directors, including the Marcianos, as well as Anthony Chidoni and Cynthia Livingston. The vote follows a call for the removal of both brothers led by activist investment firm Legion Partners, which initiated its campaign earlier this year when new allegations were made against Paul Marciano.

Tapestry

Tapestry, Hudson's Bay, Ortholite and CommentSold all made key appointments in their c-suites, while Edited named Doug Kofoid as CEO.
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Tapestry Inc. appointed David L. Casey as chief inclusion and social impact officer, a newly created position, effective May 16.

Casey will be responsible for delivering Tapestry’s Equity, Inclusion and Diversity strategy and will oversee the company’s social impact efforts through advocacy, philanthropy and volunteerism. This role has a global scope across Tapestry and its brands and reports jointly to CEO Joanne Crevoiserat and Sarah Dunn, the company’s global human resources officer.

Casey joins Tapestry from CVS Health, where as senior vice president for workforce strategies and chief diversity officer he was accountable for strategic diversity management and workforce initiatives.

Tapestry’s brand portfolio includes Coach, Kate Spade and Stuart Weitzman.

Kering

Yonca Dervisoglu, Véronique Weill and Serge Weinberg were appointed as independent directors for Kering and the term of office of Daniela Riccardi as independent director was renewed.

Kering manages the development of the Gucci, Saint Laurent, Bottega Veneta, Balenciaga, Alexander McQueen, Brioni, Boucheron, Pomellato, DoDo and Qeelin brand, as well as Kering Eyewear.

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Brunt Workwear

Brunt Workwear, a footwear and apparel brand designed for construction workers and tradespeople, appointed Kevin Eskridge as the company’s president.

In this role, Eskridge will oversee product development, merchandising, sourcing and global retail expansion. Bringing more than 20 years of industry experience, Eskridge most recently served as the chief product officer at Under Armour.

Brunt recently expanded into apparel after breakout success with its work boots and raised a $20 million Series B round with participation from growth-equity firm Stripes and real estate developer TF Cornerstone.

Ortholite

Tapestry, Hudson's Bay, Ortholite and CommentSold all made key appointments in their c-suites, while Edited named Doug Kofoid as CEO.
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OrthoLite, a maker of high-performance and comfort footwear solutions and the company behind the recent launch of Cirql, a plastics-free, recyclable, biodegradable and industrially compostable foam, appointed Kristin Kohler Burrows to the newly created chief brand officer role.

Burrows joins the OrthoLite and Cirql teams after most recently being a management consultant in the consumer and retail group at Alvarez & Marsal. Burrows will be the architect of a corporate brand identity that resonates with the company’s global stakeholder community comprising brand partners, manufacturers, raw material suppliers, retailers and the end consumer.

OrthoLite open cell foam technology is found in more than 550 million shoes across all categories each year from a range of brands. OrthoLite is also the Official Insole sponsor of the New York Yankees.

Delta Apparel

Delta Apparel Inc., a provider of core activewear and lifestyle apparel products, announced the appointment of Sonya E. Medina to its board of directors.

Medina brings more than 22 years of multi-industry and federal government experience. She currently serves on the board of Papa John’s International.

Delta Apparel, along with its operating subsidiaries DTG2Go, Salt Life and M.J. Soffe, is a vertically integrated, international apparel company that designs, manufactures, sources and markets a portfolio of apparel products under the primary brands of Salt Life, Soffe and Delta.

PLBY Group

PLBY Group Inc., a leisure lifestyle company and owner of Playboy, announced a new strategic hire, Connie Chang, a brand licensing veteran who will continue to expand the business across retail, collaboration and licensing partners.

Chang’s fashion background most recently includes working for C-Life Group. Prior, she worked at Disney Consumer Products.

Retail

Hudson’s Bay

Hudson’s Bay, the Canadian store operations under HBC, appointed Nadira Singh as chief financial officer, effective May 2.

Singh will report directly to Wayne Drummond, president of Hudson’s Bay. Most recently, she was vice president of finance with Ontario Power Generation.

The Bay operates thebay.com featuring Marketplace, one of the largest premium life and style digital platforms in Canada, with a seamless connection to a network of 85 Hudson’s Bay stores. The Bay has an assortment of products and categories, including fashion, home, beauty and food concepts.

Textiles

Lenzing

Peter Edelmann stepped down from the supervisory board of Lenzing AG after serving as a member since 2018 and as its chairman since 2019.

Cord Prinzhorn returned to the supervisory board after serving as CEO on an interim basis, and was elected chairman, while Dr. Stefan Fida was elected deputy chairman.

Trade

USITC

Jason E. Kearns, chair of the United States International Trade Commission (USITC), announced that Namon C. Friends was designated as the director of the Office of Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) at the USITC.

Friends will manage the USITC’s EEO program and policies and advise the chair, the commission, USITC managers and staff on all EEO issues, in addition to advising on the USITC’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Program. He comes to the USITC from the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) Office of Equal Employment Opportunity & Workplace Inclusion, where he has served as an attorney advisor since December 2012, and most recently was acting director.

Friends is a certified federal EEO investigator and he has been working in the field of EEO and civil rights law for over a decade. Prior to the FTC, he worked at the United States Office of Personal Management’s Office of Equal Employment Opportunity and at the government of the District of Columbia’s Office of Human Rights.

The USITC is an independent, nonpartisan, quasi-judicial federal agency that investigates and makes determinations in proceedings involving imports claimed to injure a domestic industry, violations of U.S. intellectual property rights or other unfair methods of competition in connection with imported goods; provides independent analysis and information on tariffs, trade and competitiveness to the president and the Congress, and maintains the U.S. Harmonized Tariff Schedule.

Federal Trade Commission

Federal Trade Commission (FTC) chair Lina M. Khan announced the appointment of two senior agency leaders–general counsel Anisha Dasgupta and Office of Policy Planning (OPP) director Elizabeth Wilkins.

Dasgupta comes to the FTC from the Office of the New York State Attorney General, where she has served since 2014 as deputy solicitor general. Prior to that, Dasgupta was an appellate attorney with the Civil Division of the United States Department of Justice.

Before joining the FTC, Wilkins served as senior advisor to the White House chief of staff. Prior to that, she worked in several senior leadership roles at the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia.

Reilly Dolan, who served as acting general counsel prior to Dasgupta’s appointment, has returned to his previous post as principal deputy general counsel. Kelly Signs, who served as acting OPP Director prior to Wilkins’s arrival, has returned to the Bureau of Competition’s Office of Policy and Coordination as assistant director.

Sourcing

NYCEDC

New York City Mayor Eric Adams appointed Margaret Anadu as chair of the board of directors of the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC).

In her role, Anadu will lead the organization’s 27-member board, which helps to guide NYCEDC’s agenda as the city’s primary economic development vehicle. NYCEDC leverages the city’s assets to create good jobs and drive growth, including in the fashion industry, helping to build a more equitable inclusive economy as the city recovers from the pandemic.

Until recently, Anadu was a partner at Goldman Sachs, where she was the global head of sustainability and impact for asset management and chair of the Urban Investment Group.

Logistics

Nuvocargo

Nuvocargo, a digital platform focused on U.S.-Mexico cross-border trade, announced that Jay Gerard joined the company as head of customs.

In this new role at Nuvocargo, Gerard will lead the company’s new customs division and build out the company’s new product offerings. Gerard was most recently global customs director, North America, at Flexport. Prior to that, he was U.S. Customs operations manager for Burberry.

Nuvocargo recently launched the first of a series of financial products–QuickPay for carriers, a cash advance product for the truckers in Nuvocargo’s marketplace.

Nuvocargo is backed by over $40 million in funding from Tiger Global, QED Investors, NFX and Y Combinator.

Technology

CommentSold

CommentSold, a digital commerce solution that enables retail businesses to unlock sales growth through live and social selling, appointed Andy Olek as chief legal officer.

Before joining CommentSold, Olek, a registered patent attorney, was general counsel at WeddingWire and its successor, The Knot Worldwide.

The digital platform simplifies inventory and order management, payments, invoicing, labeling, packaging and fulfillment processing for business owners, and enables live and social selling on social media, mobile apps and websites. Led by entrepreneur Brandon Kruse and based in Huntsville, Ala. CommentSold powers e-commerce operations, including live and social selling, for more than 7,000 companies.

Edited

Tapestry, Hudson's Bay, Ortholite and CommentSold all made key appointments in their c-suites, while Edited named Doug Kofoid as CEO.
Doug Kofoid

Edited, a specialist in retail intelligence and AI-driven data insights, announced that Doug Kofoid joined the company as its new CEO.

As CEO, Kofoid will be dedicated to scaling Edited further, including bringing the company’s technology to new markets and strengthening its retailer and brand partnerships. Most recently, Kofoid served as CEO at DialogTech, an AI-powered conversion intelligence and analytics solution for marketers. Previously, he also held senior leadership roles at Publicis Groupe and DoubleClick/Performics.

Edited works with apparel and footwear brands and is expanding verticals in home goods, beauty and home improvement retail.

Cart.com

Cart.com, which enables retail brands to quickly scale their businesses and easily sell across every channel, appointed Gary Specter as president of go-to-market.

Reporting directly to CEO Omair Tariq, Specter will own all revenue responsibilities and support Cart.com as it scales its sales reach internationally. Specter joins Cart.com from Adobe, where he most recently served as vice president of growth, digital experience business, leading the division’s 800 employees and managing sales, business development and customer care teams.

Cart.com processed more than $3 billion in gross merchandise value in the 12 months ended February and grew its global team to more than 1,400 employees who serve a growing roster of nearly 6,000 brands.