Important professional moves of the week

Endaba Group


Founder and Chairman of Net-a-Porter, Natalie Massenet, left the luxury etailer before its merger with Italian e-commerce group Yoox. This merger will create the world’s largest luxury e-commerce group. Massenet is neither joining the board of the new company nor has she announced her next steps. It has also not been announced who will replace her as Chairman of the newly formed group.


Co-Founder and CEO Nick Robertson is resigning as Chief Executive of the company. He will remain on the board as a Non-Executive Director. Nick Beighton, the group’s Chief Operating Officer and former Finance Director, is succeeding him as Chief Executive.


Ian Rogers, previously Senior Director of the iTunes team at Apple, is the new Chief Digital Officer of LVMH. He will start in October 2015. He is art of the luxury group’s move to embrace digital.

Karen Millen

CEO Mike Shearwood is stepping down from his role at Karen Millen. Neil McCausland, the Chairman of Karen Millen, will be working closely with the business until Shearwood’s replacement is found.


Roger Mather, Group Finance Director, is resigning after eight years with the luxury brand. They are already looking for his successor. Mather will remain on the board until the end of June 2016 to ensure a smooth transition.

Uniqlo & Chanel

Berndt Hauptkorn, formerly Uniqlo’s European CEO, has left the Japanese retailer to join Chanel. His new role at Chanel is President of Europe. Until further notice, Takao Kuwahara, Uniqlo Europe COO, has taken over Hauptkorn’s responsibilities.