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Shuffle Board: True Religion Names Creative Director, Kate Spade CEO Leaving, Dunn Departing Walmart


True Religion

Premium denim and streetwear brand True Religion appointed Zihaad Wells, who had served as True Religion’s vice president of design from 2006 to 2017, as creative director.

Most recently, Wells was vice president of design and creative at AG Jeans. Wells’ role will be focused on product design, marketing and driving the brand’s creative direction.

In June, the company brought on retail consultant Farla Efros to act as interim CEO after Chelsea Grayson’s departure. Efros had consulted with the team for some time before the move. Last month, the brand appointed Michael Buckley, who had previously served as president of True Religion from 2006 to 2010, as CEO.

Lululemon Athletica

Lululemon Athletica Inc. announced that Stuart Haselden, chief operating officer and executive vice president (EVP) of international, will leave the company, effective Jan. 10, to assume a leadership position outside of the apparel industry at direct-to-consumer luggage brand Away.

Haselden joined Lululemon in 2015 as chief financial officer and was one of three leaders who guided the company during its CEO search last year.

The company also announced that chief technology officer Julie Averill and chief supply chain officer Ted Dagnese will join the company’s senior leadership team, reporting to McDonald.

In support of its long-term growth strategy to quadruple its international business by 2023, the company has begun an external search for the position of EVP, international. While the search is underway, the company’s established leaders in APAC and EMEA will report to McDonald and Celeste Burgoyne, EVP of Americas and global guest innovation, respectively.

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Kate Spade

Tapestry Inc. announced that Anna Bakst, CEO and brand president of Kate Spade, will be departing the company at the end of the year.

The company has commenced a search for her successor. During the interim period, Joanne Crevoiserat, Tapestry’s chief financial officer, will have direct oversight of Kate Spade’s strategy and operations, working closely with the brand’s senior leadership team.

Tapestry is a New York-based house of modern luxury lifestyle brands. The company’s portfolio includes Coach, Kate Spade and Stuart Weitzman.

Columbia Sportswear

Columbia Sportswear Company announced that Sarah A. Bany, a longtime director of the company, notified the board of her decision to resign in order to focus on administering Gert Boyle’s estate.

Bany is a daughter of Gert Boyle, chairman of the board of Columbia Sportswear Company until she passed away last month.


Altra, a unit of VF Corp., named Chuck Ponthier as senior director of sales.

Ponthier will lead all North American sales strategy, from overseeing key accounts to managing sales teams and business development. Most recently, Ponthier served as vice president (VP) of North American sales at Toms in Southern California, Prior to that, he was VP of sales at Sperry and senior director of sales at Vans.


Oboz Footwear hired Rich Hohne as its director of marketing.

Hohne joins Oboz from Simms Fishing Products, where he held various positions in the marketing department, most recently senior director of marketing and brand management.

Founded in 2007 and acquired last year by Kiwi outdoor apparel company Kathmandu, Oboz Footwear makes outdoor footwear inspired by the vast 18 million acre Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem surrounding the company’s Bozeman, Mt., headquarters.


U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol

The inaugural board of directors has been named for the U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol, a new standard developed to help the U.S. cotton production sector further reduce its footprint by enabling producers to assess their performance against specific sustainability goals.

The appointees include delegates from across the entire supply chain, leading industry, scientific and academic experts as well as representatives from world-renowned environmental organizations.

Directors representing the raw cotton industry are producers Matt Coley of Georgia, Ted Schneider of Louisiana, Shawn Holladay of Texas and Aaron Barcellos of California. Members include ginner David Blakemore, marketing cooperative representative Hank Reichle, merchant Steve Dyer, cotton seeder Fred Serven and manufacturer Jim Martin. Brand and retailer representatives are Liza Schillo of Levi Strauss & Co. and Joe Little of Tesco. Additional members are Suzy Friedman of the Environmental Defense Fund, Melissa Ho of the World Wildlife Fund, Marty Matlock of the University of Arkansas and Garry Bell, formerly with Gildan.

Trust Protocol advisors include Jesse Daystar, Cotton Incorporated; Andy Jordan, Jordan Consulting; Marc Lewkowitz, Supima; Mark Pryor, The Seam; and Mike Quinn, Frontier Spinning Mills.


Archroma, a color and specialty chemicals specialist, announced its CEO transition plan.

The board of directors of Archroma appointed Heike van de Kerkhof to succeed current CEO Alexander Wessels, effective Jan. 6. Wessels has held the CEO position at Archroma since the company was established in October 2013 and will be appointed vice chairman and take a senior advisory role within SK Capital, working across its portfolio of investments, which includes Archroma.

Van de Kerkhof joins Archroma from Castrol, the leading branded lubricant division of BP plc, where she held the role of vice president for the Western Hemisphere. Prior to BP, she held a variety of business leadership, commercial and operations roles at DuPont and The Chemours Company.


Eastman Chemical Company announced that, after nearly 25 years of service, Curtis E. Espeland, EVP and chief financial officer (CFO), will be succeeded on Feb. 28 by VP of finance William T. McLain Jr.

Espeland will continue to serve as EVP to assist the executive team with finance organization transition, corporate strategy and portfolio optimization until his retirement in mid-2020.

Espeland joined Eastman in 1996 and has held multiple corporate and business finance positions with the company. He was appointed CFO in 2008.

McLain joined Eastman in 2000 and brings significant domestic and international business experience as well as a strong background in finance and accounting. During his tenure at Eastman, he has served in several high-level finance and accounting roles throughout the organization in the U.S., Asia, and Europe.


Tailored Brands

Tailored Brands Inc. announced it created a new chief customer officer role, providing common leadership for its Men’s Wearhouse, Jos. A. Bank and Moores brands, and has eliminated the brand president positions for these brands.

Carrie Ask, currently brand president of Men’s Wearhouse and Moores, has been appointed chief customer officer. Beth Blake, brand president of Jos. A. Bank, is resigning from the company.


Macy’s Inc. appointed Torrence Boone, vice president of global client partnerships at Google, to its board of directors.

At Google, Boone is responsible for driving the company’s strategies and partnerships across a portfolio of the world’s largest global advertisers, spanning the tech, health, beauty and consumer packaged goods industries. Boone also serves as co-lead of the NYC office and a member of the company’s Global Business Hiring Committee.

With the addition of Boone, the Macy’s board will comprise 12 members. Boone will serve on the Nominating and Governance Committee.


Andy Dunn, the founder of Bonobos who currently oversees Walmart’s digital consumer brands, said in a LinkedIn post that he was leaving the company early next year.

Dunn didn’t specify why he was leaving. Dunn turned over the CEO role at Bonobos last fall to then-chief marketing officer Micky Onvural as he took on a broader role within Walmart.

Stitch Fix

Stitch Fix Inc., an online personal styling service, announced that Elizabeth Spaulding will join its leadership team as president, reporting to CEO Katrina Lake, effective Jan. 27.

Spaulding is global head and founder of Bain & Company’s digital practice, a partner at the global consulting firm who serves on its board of directors. In her current role, which she has been in since 2014, she is focused on expanding Bain’s capabilities in software development and engineering, innovation services, as well as corporate development for new technology.

At Stitch Fix, Spaulding will lead initiatives and innovations that focus on driving the next phase of Stitch Fix’s growth, including direct-buy capabilities and the company’s international expansion efforts.