Important professional moves of the week!

Endaba Group

Yoox Net-a-Porter

As a result of their new in-season and off-season structure, the group has made two promotions and one new hire. Net-a-Porter Group’s Head of Ecommerce Negin Yeganegy has been promoted to Ecommerce Director for in-season for combined YNAP Group. Ronan Tighe, Head of Ecommerce for Net-a-Porter’s Group’s luxury off-season etailer The Outnet, has been promoted to Head of Ecommerce for in-season for YNAP Group, effective March 1st. He, like Yeganegy, will report into Commerce Director of in-season Adrian Evans.

Activewear retailer Sweaty Betty’s Head of Ecommerce Aalish Yorke-Long has been appointed by YNAP Group to replace Tighe as the new Head of Ecommerce for The Outnet.

Hugo Boss

Chief Executive Claus-Dietrich Lahrs has stepped down from his role two days after the retailer issued a profit warning, expecting its operating profit to fall at a low double-digit rate this year compared with the same period last year due to challenging market conditions in China and the US. Bernd Hake, former UK Managing Director, will become a member of the managing board responsible for sales and retail from March 1st. He became Senior Vice-President Europe, Middle East, Africa and India in July 2013. Hugo Boss is currently looking for Lahrs’ replacement; in the meantime his responsibilities will be taken on my members of the managing board.

Unilever

Marijin Dekkers, Chief Executive of Bayer AG, has been named Unilever’s new Chairman. He has a reputation for shake-ups and will help guide the consumer-products conglomerate through slowdowns in some key markets and push them into higher-end products. He is succeeding Michael Treschow, who was approaching what was Unilver’s usual maximum tenure of nine years.

Kingfisher

They have appointed their first Chief Customer Officer – former McDonald’s executive Pierre Woreczek, most recently their Chief Strategy, Customer and Digital Officer. Tesco, British Airways, John Lewis and many other retailers have introduced the role of Chief Customer Officer, designed to streamline the customer’s experience and journey from marketing through to transactions. Customer-centricity appears to be Kingfisher’s main focus, as well as its new hire, they announced they would be improved its customer engagement strategy, as their competition, the new owners of Homebase, Westfarmers, plan to inject £242m into the brand.

Dunhill

John Ray is resigning from his role as Creative Director of Dunhill after three years in the role. They have not yet named a successor, nor Ray’s next steps!

Prada

Donatello Galli, Chief Finance Officer, is stepping down for personal reasons with immediate effect. Alessandra Cozzani, Head of Investor Relations and Executive Director at Prada, will step into the position.

Michael Kors

Michael Kors names their new Vice President of Buying and Planning for Retail Europe – Jacqueline Hay. Previously, Hay spent 15 years at House of Fraser where she was latterly the Executive Director for Apparel and Accessories.

House of Fraser

Sarah Baille has been promoted to Director of Digital Product, replacing Mark Madden. Madden was brought into the department store on a temporary basis, mainly to mentor Baillie up to Director level. She will now be responsible for Digital Product Management, Project Office and Customer Experience teams.

Maddie Melson has also been promoted to the newly created role of Director of Customer Insight. She currently runs their new customer insight department, which was introduced at the end of 2015 as part of their customer-centric restructure. She will lead the initiative of putting the customer at the heart of all the company’s decision-making.

Ralph Lauren

Christopher Peterson, President of Global Brands, is leaving the company at the end of May. He is working closely with Stefan Larsson, President and CEO, to transition his responsibilities. His position is being eliminated and the company’s Global Brand Presidents will report to Larsson.

American Apparel

Martin Bailey, Head of Manufacturing, is leaving the retailer effective immediately. No reasons have been provided for his departure or a replacement.

Iconix Brand Group

John Haugh has been named their new CEO. He will also take on the title and be a member of the Board of Directors, effective immediately. He also sits on Aeropostale’s Board of Directors and serves on the Board of Trustees for the International Council of Shopping Centres. Iconix Brand’s Interim CEO, Peter Cuneo, will transition to Executive Chairman of the Iconix Brand’s Board of Directors.

Twitter

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey in typical fashion tweeted the news, following much speculation, that Natalie Kerris, longtime Apple PR executive who helped launch products from the iPod to the Apple Watch, is their new Vice President of Global Communications. She is replacing Gabriel Stricker, who left in July for Google. Kerris’ hire comes at an important time, as Twitter is facing one of its longstanding challenges – what is the company’s purpose?