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Shuffle Board: Tory Burch Names Roussel CEO, Columbia Taps Ruppe as Footwear VP


Tory Burch

Tory Burch named Pierre-Yves Roussel as CEO, starting early 2019. A longtime LVMH executive, Roussel will be based out of Tory Burch’s New York headquarters.

He will join and report to the company’s board of directors. In partnership with executive chairman and chief creative officer Tory Burch, Roussel will lead and implement the company’s global strategy with a focus on operations.

Roussel was chairman and CEO of the LVMH Fashion Group for the last 15 years and a member of the LVMH executive committee. During his time at LVMH, he led the repositioning and global development of the fashion brands portfolio of the group including, Celine, Givenchy, Loewe and Pucci.

Tory Burch is an American lifestyle brand that includes ready-to-wear, shoes, handbags, accessories, watches, home and fragrance. There are more than 250 Tory Burch boutiques across North America, Europe, the Middle East, Latin America, Asia and Australia, and the collection is available at more than 3,000 department and specialty stores worldwide and

VF Corp.

VF Corp. appointed Stefano Saccone as vice president and general manager of Vans for EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Asia). Saccone will lead the brand and its business across the EMEA region beginning April 1.

Saccone joins Vans brand from VF’s Eastpak brand, where he most recently served as vice president and general manager, based in Antwerp, Belgium. He replaces Jan Van Leeuwen, who previously served in the post before his November appointment to the position of vice president and general manager for The North Face, EMEA.

In his new role, Saccone will be based at VF International’s headquarters in Stabio, Switzerland.

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Salvatore Ferragamo

Salvatore Ferragamo SpA appointed Alessandro Corsi as its new chief financial officer, effective Jan. 11. Corsi was also designated strategic manager of the Florence, Italy-based company.

Corsi succeeds Ugo Giorcelli, who will leave the company on Jan. 11. Giorcelli had been hired in March 2016 by the company’s previous chief executive officer Eraldo Poletto, now CEO of Stuart Weitzman. Corsi was chief strategy officer at Ferragamo, where has worked since 2006.

Columbia Sportswear

Columbia Sportswear Company appointed Peter Ruppe as vice president of footwear for the Columbia Brand. In his new role, Ruppe will report to Columbia brand president Joe Boyle.

Ruppe joins Columbia from Under Armour, where he was senior vice president of footwear. In addition to his leadership experience at Under Armour, Ruppe has more than two decades of experience as a senior executive at Nike, where he led their Nike Basketball and Brand Jordan business.


Retail Industry Leaders Association

The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) promoted three staff members in a move designed to prepare the association for a rapidly changing industry and an ambitious public policy agenda in the new year.

Brian Dodge, formerly senior executive vice president of public affairs, will now serve as RILA’s chief operating officer. Lisa LaBruno, formerly senior vice president of retail operations, will now be executive vice president of retail operations, and Austen Jensen, formerly vice president of government affairs, will now be RILA’s senior vice president of government affairs.

As chief operating officer, Dodge will oversee RILA’s public affairs, legal and compliance, human resources and administration, membership and financial operations. LaBruno will lead the association’s asset protection, supply chain and innovation communities, while Jensen will take a larger role in RILA’s public policy practice with an expanded portfolio of issues.

RILA represents many large retail companies, with members including more than 200 retailers, product manufacturers and service suppliers, which together account for more than $1.5 trillion in annual sales, millions of American jobs and more than 100,000 stores, manufacturing facilities and distribution centers domestically and abroad.