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Shuffle Board: New Williams-Sonoma, Filson Presidents, Caleres CEO Change, World Bank Names Chief Economist

Retail

Williams-Sonoma

Williams-Sonoma Inc. announced that Ryan Ross, president of the Williams Sonoma brand, was resigning to assume a leadership role outside of the company.

Felix Carbullido will assume the role of president of the Williams Sonoma brand. Most recently, Carbullido served as chief marketing officer of the company since 2014.

Williams-Sonoma is one of the largest home retailers. Its brands Williams Sonoma, Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Kids, Pottery Barn Teen, West Elm, Williams Sonoma Home, Rejuvenation, and Mark and Graham market product through e-commerce websites, direct-mail catalogs and brick-and-mortar stores, located in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Canada, Australia and the U.K.

Spartoo

Spartoo, an online fashion retailer in Europe, appointed Aymeric Moser as deputy CEO, while keeping his functions as marketing director, a position he has held since 2008.

With 10,000 brands and more than 1.2 million items, Spartoo offers a wide selections of fashion items, including footwear, ready-to-wear and bags, in more than 30 countries in Europe. Capitalizing on its e-commerce know-how, Spartoo has also developed a complete range of services for professionals.

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Caleres

Williams-Sonoma and Filson named new presidents, and Diane Sulliva will retire as Caleres CEO on Jan. 15 and become executive chairman.
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Caleres, with a diverse portfolio of footwear brands, announced that Diane Sullivan, who has served as CEO for more than a decade, will retire as CEO on Jan. 15 and assume the role of executive chairman.

At that time, Jay Schmidt, president of Caleres, will succeed Sullivan as CEO. The announcement represents the culmination of succession plan led and executed by the company’s board of directors.

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As executive chairman, Sullivan will continue to lead the Caleres board, as well as partner with Schmidt and the rest of the Caleres leadership team on key strategic initiatives. Schmidt was named president in December 2020 and assumed responsibility for consumer and brand strategy for the entire Caleres portfolio, which includes Famous Footwear, Allen Edmonds, Naturalizer, Sam Edelman and Vionic.

Sullivan joined Caleres as president in 2004 and took on the additional responsibilities of chief operating officer in 2006. She was then named president and CEO in 2011.

Filson

Williams-Sonoma and Filson named new presidents, and Diane Sulliva will retire as Caleres CEO on Jan. 15 and become executive chairman.
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Filson, a Seattle-based outdoor and apparel manufacturer, appointed Neil Morgan as company president.

Morgan will prioritize international expansion efforts and accelerate Filson’s ongoing efforts in sustainability and conservation, including plans for zero-waste facilities and increasing sustainable material sourcing.

He joined Filson in 2016 and most recently served as vice president of business development. Alex Carleton, chief creative officer, will continue to oversee product and marketing strategy, working alongside Morgan. Both report to Awenate Cobbina, CEO of Bedrock Manufacturing Company, the parent company of Filson.

Paolo Corinaldesi, who led the business since January 2021, will continue at Filson in the role of chairman of the board.

Benetton

Benetton appointed Andrea Incontri as creative director of its women’s, men’s and children’s collections.

The Italian company said in August a new advertising campaign under Incontri’s artistic direction will be launched on all channels to present United Colors of Benetton’s Fall-Winter 2022-23. The Summer 2023 collection, the first to be designed by Incontri, will be officially presented in September during Milan Fashion Week.

Vow’d Weddings

Williams-Sonoma and Filson named new presidents, and Diane Sulliva will retire as Caleres CEO on Jan. 15 and become executive chairman.
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Vow’d Weddings, part of the Stand Out For Good Inc. family of brands, welcomed Ana Angarita as vice president of store experience, further elevating the wedding retail experience for Vow’d brides.

Angarita joins Vow’d and Stand Out For Good after more than 19 years with Victoria’s Secret, most recently serving as vice president of store operations and head of stores for the company’s travel retail division.

Vow’d is a growing brand with six brick-and-mortar locations in Tennessee, North Carolina, Minnesota and Wisconsin, with plans to open 11 additional storefronts by mid-2023.

Textiles

BASF

Williams-Sonoma and Filson named new presidents, and Diane Sulliva will retire as Caleres CEO on Jan. 15 and become executive chairman.
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BASF Agricultural Solutions appointed Sarah Brown as head of public affairs for its Agricultural Solutions North America division, effective Aug. 8, based in Washington, D.C.

Brown joins BASF from Nacelle Solutions, where she served as vice president of biogas business development and external affairs. Before that, she served as executive director of industry relations for the American Farm Bureau Federation. Sarah is taking on the role previously held by Aline De Lucia.

BASF Corporation, headquartered in Florham Park, N.J., is the North American affiliate of BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany. BASF has more than 16,700 employees in North America and had sales of $25.9 billion in 2021.

Trade

World Bank

World Bank president David Malpass announced the selection of Indermit Gill as the chief economist and senior vice president for development economics of the World Bank Group. His appointment is effective Sept. 1.

An Indian national, Gill is currently World Bank vice president for Equitable Growth, Finance and Institutions, where he led work on macroeconomics, debt, trade, poverty and governance. Between 2016 and 2021, he was a professor of public policy at Duke University and non-resident senior fellow in the Global Economy and Development program at the Brookings Institution.

Gill spearheaded the influential 2009 World Development Report on Economic Geography. His pioneering work includes introducing the concept of the “middle income trap” to describe how developing countries stagnate after reaching a certain level of income. Gill has also taught at Georgetown University and the University of Chicago.

Port of Long Beach

Harbor Commission vice president Sharon L. Weissman was elected president of the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commission, which oversees the Port of Long Beach.

The board also selected Bobby Olvera Jr. as vice president and Bonnie Lowenthal as secretary. Every July, commissioners select a president and two board officers to serve one-year terms. The Commission’s new officers will begin their terms on Aug. 8 when outgoing commission president Steven Neal will hand the gavel to Weissman.

She served as a senior advisor to Mayor Robert Garcia from July 2014 and transportation deputy beginning in 2017 until her retirement in June 2020.

Technology

Beaconsmind

Beaconsmind, an SaaS provider in the field of location-based marketing and analytics to retail chains, appointed Giulia Sattin as chief financial officer, effective Aug. 1.

Sattin will be responsible for the areas of finance, accounting, liquidity planning, controlling and ESG at Beaconsmind. Most recently, she was vice president of group finance, controlling and planning at Cavotec SA, a global cleantech company.