Marks & Spencer
Chief Executive Marc Bolland is stepping down in April, being replaced by Steve Rowe, company veteran, who has spent 26 years at M&S, most recently as Executive Director of General Merchandise.
Givenchy has named the President of the Americas: Laura Dubin-Wander. She will oversee the brand’s US strategy and report to Givenchy’s Paris-based Chief Executive, Philippe Fortunato. She has experience from Christian Dior Couture, where she served as Vice President since 2012. Dior has not yet named her successor.
Retail Director Maria Hollins is leaving the etailer at the end of this month. They are currently looking for her replacement. In the meantime, Chief Executive Nick Beighton will oversee the retail team.
Phil Mickler has been poached to join Jack Wills this month as their new CFO, replacing Ian Johnstone. He was previously at Whistles in the same position, where he has been for six years. They also placed Mark Wright as their Managing Director of eCommerce to help the company’s online presence. He was previously Head of Trading for UK eCommerce at Marks & Spencer. Sophie Neary has also joined as Chief Customer Officer. She was working for Jack Wills on an interim basis. She is helping strengthen the brand’s relationship with its devoted global customers. Tim Allison has also been appointed Global Supply Chain Director, who will ensure the right fashions reach Jack Wills’ customers smoothly and quickly, either through the retailer’s store estate of ecommerce operations. These hires follow on from Pete Williams’ return to the preppy fashion retailer as Group CEO after a two-year sabbatical. Johnston left the business to purue other opportunities following the Group’s decision not to proceed with a public listing in the close future. Emma Sheller, Chief Marketing Officer, and Sanjay Sharma, Global Business Development Director have also left.
Richard Johnson has joined Matchesfashion.com as their new Commercial Director; he will be responsible for its global buying team across womenswear and menswear. He has previous experience from Al Tayer and Harvey Nichols. Matchesfashion.com predicts their sales will reach £425m by 2019, tripling its sales now.
Karen Hubbard, Chief Operating Officer of value variety store group B&M, has been appointed successor to Chief Executive Richard Hayes. She will become Chief Executive designate on February 22nd and formally take over in mid-April. Hayes “recently made the board aware of his wish to step down once a suitable successor had been identified.” Hayes has led the business through an MBO, the 2014 IPO and its first two years as a listed company.
Heine Dalsgaard has been appointed Carlsberg’s new Head of Finance. The Copenhagen-based brewer parted with both its Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial officer last year. He will join no later than August this year. Dalsgaard will pair up with Dutchman Cees ‘t Hart, who in June became Carlsberg’s first non-Danish CEO. There have been 2000 job cuts as the brewer wants to increase profitability and wean its performance off Russia’ shrinking beer market. The company is no longer seeking to be the world’s fastest-growing brewer (it is currently the world’s fourth-largest beermaker) and has no acquisition plans.
Graziano Boni has been named President and Chief Executive Officer of the Americas as the brand is continuing its global expansion strategy. He comes from Giorgio Armani, where he spent four years as Chief Executive of the company’s North American division.