Twitter Inc. named Hugh Johnston and Martha Lane Fox to its board. The company has had some major changes to the board recently, following the appointment last year of a former Google Inc. executive as chairman and the departure of the former Chief Executive Officer. Fox is a member of the UK House of Lords, and is the co-founder of Lastminute.com, and Johnston is the former CFO of PepsiCo Inc.
Debenhams boss Michael Sharp announced in October that he would be stepping down this year after 5 years at the helm. He formally handed his resignation in on Thursday but will continue to serve as Chief Executive until his replacement is announced.
Managing Director, Stuart Machin, resigns. Machin is resigning ahead of the results of the investigation into artificially increased profits through supplier rebate deals at Target. His resignation follows Pets at Home’s decision to delay the appointment of former Target finance boss, Graeme Jenkins.
Overstock.com have announced that their CEO Patrick M. Byrne is stepping down to take an “indefinite” medical leave of absence. Byrne has recommended to the brand’s board that Mitch Edwards, Overstock’s Senior Vice President of Strategic Initiatives and General Counsel, be named acting CEO. It is unknown if Byrne will return as CEO.
Chris Rogers, Managing Director of Costa Coffee, has decided to leave the company after four years in the role. Dominic Paul will be replacing Rogers and will be joining from Royal Caribbean International.
Regatta have appointed Graham Rickard as their Managing Director. Rickard will replace former MD Keith Black who will be stepping into the role of CEO and Chairman of the Regatta Group. For the last 5 years, Rickard has held the title of Managing Director of Regatta Group brand Dare2b.
The former Chief Executive Officer and Creator of BareMinerals, Leslie Blodgett, is stepping down from her current advisory role at Bare Escentuals. Blodgett will now serve as a member of the Shisdeio Americas Creative Center.
Abercrombie & Fitch
Ashley Sargent Price has joined Abercrombie & Fitch as Senior Vice President and Creative Director of Marketing. Price is the former J. Crew SVP of Brand Creative and will now oversee each of Abercrombie’s brands – Abercrombie & Fitch, Hollister Co. and Abercrombie Kids – as well as the company’s in-house photo studio.
Gap Inc have announced they have appointed Sonia Syngal as the President of Gap’s Old Navy division, a position which was vacant since the departure of Stefan Larsson. Syngal has been with the brand for 12 years, and most recently held the position of Executive Vice President of Global Supply Chain and Product Operations. Jill Stanton served as interim leader of Old Navy, and will now become a strategic adviser for the transition.
Ivan Fernandez is retiring from his role as President of Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Estée Lauder after 25 years, effective August 31. Peter Jueptner will replace Fernandez in this role, who is currently the company’s Executive Vice President of Strategy and New Business Development. A successor for Jueptner’s current role has yet to be named.
Michael Stephens has been named the new Global Deputy Head of Creative for Ted Baker, effective immediately. He joins from Liberty, where he was Head of Graphic Design.