Important professional moves of the week!

Endaba Group


Joel Horowitz, co-chairman of Diane Von Furstenberg, has left the company. Horowitz came out of retirement in 2012 to accept the position of co-chairman at DVF; he announced Paolo Riva as DVF’s new chief executive this April, after a two year search.

Cerruti 1881

Jason Basmajian, the creative director of Savile Row’s Gieves & Hawkes, is leaving the company after three years in the role. He will move to head up Paris-based house Cerruti 1881. Prior to Gieves & Hawkes, Basmajian was artistic director at Brioni for six years.


James Zhang, President of LVMH’s fashion division in China, has been appointed as chief operating officer of Beijing-based online retailer


Paget Billingsley, Head of Womenswear Germany for fashion retailer Zalando, will join Barbour on October 26th for the same role. She brings experience from Levi’s, Miss Selfridge and BHS. She will be responsible for the strategic direction of womenswear for both Barbour and Barbour International as they continue to grow. This is a change of pace, as womenswear has been neglected by the British Heritage brand.


After 16 years, Microsoft’s Chief Marketing Officer in the UK is resigning. She will go on gardening leave for several months before she can join Facebook as Director of Business Marketing for EMEA. She will be responsible for their business-to-business marketing activity in the region.


The company appointed Raqhav Lal to the new position of Chief Data and Analytics Officer, recruiting him from Visa. Westfield established their technology arm, Westfield Labs, a few years ago, to keep up with retailers’ expansion into the digital world. In this position, Lal will oversee the collection, analysis and dissemination of data at Westfield’s properties, both in the US and the UK and in the future, Milan.


Arnu Misra, Matalan’s Chief Operations Officer, has left the fashion retailer after almost three years due to health reasons. He joined in February 2014 from Asda. He oversaw the retailer’s marketing, retail, supply chain, multichannel, IT, new business and HR functions. At the moment, it is uncertain whether they have yet started a search for Misra’s replacement.


Amee Change, former UK Managing Director of Tesco’s Nutri Centre health business, has been appointed the newly created role of UK Managing Director, the etailer’s first ever UK boss. She will be responsible for bringing “the best of the Alibaba ecosystem” to UK businesses and shoppers. Alibaba is looking to expand its presence in the UK and in turn, encourage more British retailers to launch in China through platforms such as Tmall.


Jaeger’s Human Resources Director Liz Jewitt-Cross is resigning from the business on Friday to start a new consultancy. She joined Jaeger at the end of 2013 from Joules, where she held the same role. Christine Cross, a Fenwick Non-executive Director has also left the business, as her contract as an external business advisor has ended. This comes not long after the departures of Chief Executive Colin Henry, Chairman Peter Williams and an executive shuffle at Better Capital, Jaeger’s private equity owner. It is unknown whether a search has started for a Human Resources Director replacement.

Under Armour

Chief Operating Officer Brad Dickerson, who also serves as the brand’s Chief Financial Officer, is resigning from the athletic-apparel maker next year. He leaves Founder Kevin Plank without an executive, who helped fuel the company’s rapid growth. He is staying with the apparel brand until February last year. Under Armour will be carrying out an external search for a new CFO, whilst Dickerson’s operational duties will be shared amongst the current leadership team as well as to the new CFO.


Roger Burnley, Sainsbury’s Retail and Operations Director, has been appointed Asda’s new Chief Operating Officer. He will be joining Asda next year, as he is coming from a competitor. Asda began their search for a Chief Operating Officer back in January. The industry sees Burnley’s appointment as putting him in line to succeed Andy Clarke as Chief Executive.