Richard Nicoll has left his position as Creative Director of Jack Wills. His responsibilities have been split across Chief Executive Peter Williams and Chief Product Officer Emma Alexander, with the design team now reporting into Alexander. Nicoll actually left the preppy retailer in October 2015, but notice of his termination was only filed this week. The reason for his departure is undisclosed, however, it can be assumed that with Williams’ return, a Creative Director is no longer needed. Nicoll’s is apparently exploring opportunities and is not planning on reviving his own label, which he put on hold when joining Jack Wills.
Deputy CEO of Dixon Carphone Andrew Harrison is joining Ocado’s board as Non-Executive Director from March. He is looking forward to working with them as they “[shift] the grocery retail market towards online.” Additionally David Grigson, Senior Independent Director and Non-Executive Director, is planning to retire from the board. Chairman Lord Rose will take on Grigson’s duties as Chairman on the Nomination Committee and Alex Mahon will take on the role of Senior Independent Director.
Former CP&B CEO and Executive Creative Director Andrew Keller is Facebooks new Global Creative Director. This is a new role for the organisation and he will report directly into Creative Shop Chief Creative Officer Mark D’Arcy, former Time Warner ad executive who joined Facebook in 2011 to oversee their creative arm. Keller is one of many senior creatives with digital skills to leave the agency world and be lured by Silicon Valley, seeing the opportunities at Facebook, Instagram and Apple’s in-house operation as better than what agencies can offer. Not only do they pay better, but also because technology companies provide perceived stability than what comes with agency work.
They have hired Net-a-Porter’s Hugh Fahy as their Chief Technology Officer, where he will be responsible for growing their technology team and spearheading innovating and adoption of the latest technologies. He will also lead the creation of a programme that embeds the latest in data science at the heart of the retailer. At Net-a-Porter, he supported the launch of initiatives such as the NetSet social commerce platform and the debut of its beauty division.
Adil Khan is leaving his role as Chief Executive officer for markets and Founder and Chairman Leonardo Del Vecchio will assume executive responsibilities for the area. The board of the Italian eyewear giant approach a simplified organisational structure last week for the retailer, with a CEO and an Executive Chairman. Massimo Vian will continue in his role as CEO for Product and Operations. The two CEO positions had been created on Andrea Guerra, the former CEO’s departure in 2014.
Daianara Grullon Amalfitano has joined the Aldo Group as their Vice President of Global Footwear. She will report to Chief Executive Officer Patrik Frisk. She was previously at Steve Madden, where she was most recently President of specialty brands and international brand manager.
Gordon Ramsey Group
Charlie Glynn has stepped down from Harris + Hoole, the Tesco-owned café chain, to join the Gordon Ramsay Group.