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Shuffle Board: New Senior VPs for Target and Tailored Brands, Hibler Named GM at Reebok Classics


Target Corp.

Target Corp. announced that John Bauer will join the company as senior vice president of global inventory management. He will report to Target’s executive vice president and chief supply chain officer, Arthur Valdez Jr.

In this role, Bauer will lead the teams responsible for ordering, inventory positioning, global trade and domestic transportation. Target’s strategy to leverage its network of more than 1,800 stores includes completely transforming its supply chain and logistics capabilities. The work has been integral to offering guests free two-day shipping nationwide, same-day delivery shopped by Shipt in 150 markets and the rollout of Drive Up and Order Pick-up services.

Bauer most recently served as chief logistics officer for The TJX Companies Inc., and held prior supply chain leadership positions at Kohl’s and Starbucks. He previously worked at Target from 1999 to 2007.

Destination Maternity

Destination Maternity Corp. announced that David Stern, executive vice president and chief financial officer, has left the company.

CEO Marla A. Ryan said the company’s finance and accounting teams, and chief accounting officer, Rodney Schriver, will ensure continuity of its operations and financial reporting until it finds a replacement for Stern.

Destination Maternity recently retained an executive search firm on an ongoing basis and has initiated a formal search for Stern’s replacement. Destination Maternity operates 1,118 retail locations in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico, including 484 stores, under the names Motherhood Maternity, A Pea in the Pod and Destination Maternity, and 634 leased department locations. The company also sells merchandise online through its brand-specific websites.

Tailored Brands

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Tailored Brands Inc., which has a portfolio that includes Men’s Wearhouse, Jos. A. Bank, Joseph Abboud, Moores Clothing for Men and K&G, appointed Richard Hansen as senior vice president for strategy and analytics. Hansen reports to CEO Doug Ewert.

Tailored Brands also named Samantha Lee as senior vice president and chief digital officer. Lee reports to Bruce Thorn, president and chief operating officer.

Hansen most recently served as vice president of customer insights and analytics for Walmart, where he was responsible for marketing and customer analytics, and customer research for Walmart’s U.S. stores and e-commerce business. Lee joined Tailored Brands in 2015 as vice president of site management and customer experience, and is currently senior vice president of customer experience. Previously, she was senior director of e-commerce and customer experience at Bebe Stores Inc.

The company also announced that Ben Baum, executive vice president of customer experience and chief digital officer, was leaving to pursue another role.


VF Corp.

VF Corp., which intends to separate into two independent, publicly traded companies–VF Corp., a global apparel and footwear firm, and a not-yet-named company that will hold VF’s Jeans and VF Outlet businesses, announced the anticipated designation of Scott Baxter as CEO of the new company and Rustin Welton as chief financial officer, effective upon completion of the transaction.

Baxter ran the jeans business from 2011 through 2015. The company plans to announce additional members of the denim-focused company’s executive team and composition of the board of directors ahead of the completion of the transaction. The new company’s global headquarters will be in Greensboro, N.C., where VF has long had its headquarters. The new VF Corp. plans to relocate to Denver.


Reebok appointed Kelly Hibler as general manager of the Reebok Classics business unit. He will report to Reebok president Matt O’Toole.

Hibler was most recently vice president of Nike Global Basketball Footwear, where he led the brand’s global basketball business. He will lead the overall strategy for Reebok’s Classics business unit, including product creation, marketing, merchandising and channel segmentation. The Reebok Classics business features the brand’s heritage products and the new, modern lifestyle footwear, apparel and accessories.

Odd Molly

Swiss fashion firm Odd Molly recruited Sara Fernström as Co-CEO to work with CEO Jennie Högstedt Björk and the rest of the team on developing a global omnichannel, particularly expanding outside of Europe.

Fernstrom most recently worked at Lyft Brands Group on the turnaround of Ben Sherman and Bruno Magli, and the corporate restructuring of Chip & Pepper and Benrus.

Odd Molly has also brought in Ann-Sofi (Fiffi) Maycher as director of international sales. Maycher previously headed up the international sales department for brands such as Current/Elliott and Free People.


The Apparel Impact Institute

The Apparel Impact Institute (AII), launched last October, named Lewis Perkins, who was most recently serving as president of the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute, as its inaugural president.

AII is a collaboration of brands, manufacturers and industry stakeholders that have come together to select, fund and scale high-impact projects that dramatically and measurably improve the sustainability outcomes of the apparel and footwear industry. It was co-founded by the Sustainable Apparel Coalition and The Sustainable Trade Initiative, with significant financial support from Target Corp. and additional funding from PVH Corp., Gap Inc. and HSBC Holdings.

Perkins began at Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute in 2012 as senior vice president, and was promoted to president in 2015. In addition to creating the Fashion Positive initiative, during his time there, he was in charge of day-to-day operations, strategic planning and fundraising. Peter Templeton, who recently joined the Cradle to Cradle Institute board, has agreed to step in as interim CEO.


Coloreel appointed Benny Jonsson as vice president of supply chain as the company looks to expand.

Jonsson was most recently at Swiss technology company ABB. The Coloreel technology enables high-quality instant coloring of textile thread while it is in production. The first product to be introduced using this technology is a thread coloring unit that works with any existing industrial embroidery machine.