Important professional moves of the week!

Endaba Group

Lilly Pulitzer

Oxford Industries has named Michelle Kelly to be the new chief executive officer of Lilly Pulitzer.

Kelly will succeed the current co-ceo’s, Scott A. Beaumont and James B. Bradbeer Jr., when they retire in April. Oxford said the two will continue to serve as advisers. Kelly currently is Pulitzer’s brand president.

John Varvatos

John Varvatos has a new chief — former Hugo Boss and Michael Kors executive Mark Brashear. Brashear, who quietly exited Kors as president of men’s wear after a short run, will serve as president and chief executive officer , effective immediately. Brashear joined Kors in July 2014 and, at Varvatos, he succeeds Cristiano Quieti. At Varvatos, Brashear said he will look to add retail stores and expand wholesale, both domestically and internationally

American Eagle

Jay Schottenstein has been appointed American Eagle Outfitters’ CEO, effectively immediately. He has served as interim CEO since January 2014, following the abrupt resignation of former CEO Robert Hanson.


Founder Charles von Abercron is resigning from his position as CEO at the end of December, after five years in the role. From January 2016, Dr Caren Genthner-Kappesz will be the new CEO. She was previously CEO of e-commerce sites and MIH Internet Africa.


Philippe Pinatel is the first President and Chief Operating Officer of online beauty subscription service Birchbox. Pinatel joins the company after nearly 20 years at Sephora, where he was Senior Vice President of Sephora Canada and General Manager of Sephora concessions at J.C. Penney. Also Ben Fay joins Birchbox as Vice President of Retail Development and Customer Experience. He led retail store design at Apple and J.C. Penney.

Mary Katrantzou 

Mary Katrantzou has announced her new CEO, Trino Verkade, who joins the brand from Thom Browne where she was Executive Vice President. Her experience lies in parlaying strong aesthetics and creativity into commercial product lines. The hire is partially funded by Katrantzou’s recent BFC/Vogue Fashion Fund win, which includes a £200,000 prize.

Booker Group

Bryn Satherley, Operations Director, is leaving the board and retiring from the food wholesaler April 2016. Instead of replacing Satherley, Guy Farrant, current Managing Director, will take the role of Chief Operating Officer from April. Satherley’s responsibilities will be split among other members of the executive team. Gary Hughes has also been appointed Non-Executive Director, who is part of the team at private equity group Apax Partners.


Non-Executive Director Karen Jones is resigning from her position after six years with the etailer.

LK Bennett

Manuela Carniello, Retail Director, is leaving the brand after 18 years. Her next steps are not yet known.