Important professional moves of the week!

Endaba Group

Amazon

Following the etailer giant’s announcement to launch its own-label clothing brand, ex Marks & Spencer Womenswear Director, Frances Russell, is joining Amazon to lead and expand their fashion division. Already, just by selling third-party branded clothing, Amazon is on track to become one of the largest fashion retailers in the US. It is not yet clear whether Frances will be based in the UK or the US or her exact title.

Calvin Klein

Simona Zerchi has been appointed Calvin Klein’s Senior Vice President of Global Sales. She joins most recently from Gucci, where she was Vice President of Wholesale. Stephanie Reiner also joins as Senior Vice President of Merchandising. They will both be responsible for Calvin Klein Collection and report to the President of Calvin Klein Collection, Michelle Kessler-Sanders.

Clarks

Amidst the 170 people made redundant at the shoe retailer, Adam Marsden, Head of Sales for Wholesale in the UK and Ireland, was one of the casualties. He worked at the footwear chain for 22 years. however, Clarks may be looking for “fresh ideas”. Clarks is combining their product and marketing functions at its UK head office in Somerset with its US facility in Boston, with the majority of redundancies happening in the UK.

Hotter

Former Shop Direct Brand Director Sara Prowse has been named the footwear firm’s new Chief Executive, replacing Peter Taylor, who stepped down earlier this month. Most recently Prowse was the Managing Director for Europe for Land’s End.

Moss Bros

Tony Bennett joins Moss Bros as their Group Finance Director, replacing from Robin Piggott, who will retire when Bennett joins, which is expected to be August. Bennett was previously the Finance Director at Charles Tyrwhitt. Paula Minowa has also been named Moss Bros’ Chief Operating Officer, a newly created role and is joining the retailer in March, reporting into Chief Executive Brian Brick. She joins from Strauss Innovation and will be responsible for the customer journey across all channels and markets.

Wool Overs

House of Fraser’s Global Multichannel Director Martin Francis is leaving the department store to join knitwear etailer and mail order firm Wool Overs as its Chief Customer Officer, a “newly created role”. Francis is another senior director to leave the department store recently, as Head of Apparel and Accessories Jackie Hay departed to take up an unknown role as Michael Kors. Tony Holdway also left to join BHS last year. House of Fraser is currently looking for Francis’ replacement.