House of Fraser
Jackie Hay is leaving the department store for Michael Kors in the summer. She is currently House of Fraser’s Executive Director for Apparel and Accessories. Her position at Michael Kors has not yet been confirmed. House of Fraser are already searching for her replacement.
Yoox Net-a-Porter Group
Alison Loehnis has been promoted to President of their in-season business, which accounted for 53.7% of the overall business for the year’s end, in their reorganised structure. They have split the group into three divisions, which came into effect February 1st. Loehnis leads luxury womenswear etailer Net-a-porter, menswear counterpart Mr Porter and Porter magazine; she is no longer responsible for luxury off-season etailer The Outnet. Lucas Martines, who has been president of Yoox.com since 2005, is now President of the group’s off-season business, taking over responsibility for The Outnet from Loehnis, in addition to Yoox.com. They both account for 35.8% of the group’s net revenues. Paolo Mascio, previously responsible for Yoox’s monobrand division since 2009, is now President of the group’s 40 online flagship stores, which made up 10.5% of the group’s net sales. All three presidents report into Chief Executive Federico Marchetti.
They have formed a new shared services unit for its technology, operations, own label sourcing and market development, including China and Japan. The unit is headed up by Alberto Grignolo, formerly Yoox Group’s Chief Operating Officer. Alex Alexander, Yoox Group’s Chief Information Officer, has taken on the same role at group level. William Duffy, Net-a-Porter Group’s Global Operations Director, has become Senior Director of Global Operations for the group. Enrico Cavatorta, Chief Financial and Corporate Officer, will remain in charge of the group’s corporate functions.
Chief Executive Garry Hogarth is leaving the business to pursue other opportunities after a decade with the luxury lingerie firm. They are expected to announce a replacement in the coming weeks. Non-executive Chairman Chris Woodhouse is acting as Chief Executive in the interim. This follows a strategic review carried out by Goldman Sachs on behalf of private equity firm 3i, who own Agent Provocateur. It is rumoured they are looking to offload the business in the future, though not this year.
Cyrille Vigneron has been named CEO of Richemont-owned Cartier International, effective immediately. Vigneron was most recently president of LVMH Japan. He was previously President of Richemont Japan and Managing Director of Cartier Europe.
Sarah Willersdorf is Diane von Furstenberg’s new Chief Marketing Officer. Willersdorf, most recently Partner and Managing Director at The Boston Consulting Group, will be responsible for leading DVF’s marketing division, replacing Eran Cohen, who left the company last year.
Farfetch has named Anya Ziourova to the newly-created role of Executive Editor-at-large, effective immediately. Ziourova, based in New York, retains her current roles as Fashion Director of Tatler Russia and Allure Russia, will lead Farfetch’s global content strategy.
Ermenegildo Zegna and Berluti
Stefano Pilato, Head of Design for Couture, has left the group. He is to be succeeded by Alessandro Sartori, who is leaving Berluti after five years as their Creative Director. He will be responsible for all Zegna brands and Creative functions. Berluti has not announced Sartori’s replacement.
Brendan Mullane, Creative Director of Brioni, is leaving the Italian fashion house. Brioni has not yet named its new Creative Director.