Important professional moves of the week!

Endaba Group


Stanislas de Quercize, Chief Executive Officer of Cartier, resigns from his position and will be replaced by Cyrille Vigneron, the current President of LVMH Japan. De Quercize requested to leave his role and the group management committee “for personal reasons”,effective immediately. De Quercize will remain as a group executive, taking over the role of Chairman on Richemont France.

Vigneron has worked with Richemont before, from 1988 to 2013. Vigneron has had an excellent career, working with Cartier, Montblanc and Alfred Dunhill. He will take on his new role January 1 2016.

Nicholas Kirkwood

Christopher Suarez, Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, has stepped down from his role. After meeting in 2005, Suarez and Kirkwood worked side-by-side to build the luxury footwear brand. Sophie Brocart, Senior Vice President of Fashion Ventures for LVMH, will take over as interim CEO. Suarez’s successor is yet to be announced.

SuperGroup appointed, Nick Tatum, former Tesco executive, as their Global Retail Director, who will strengthen their retail operations and logistics. They have said this hire completes the recruitment of its executive team. The move bolsters the company’s management following finance director Shaun Wills’ announcement that he will depart in February 2016, after he was declared bankrupt. Chief Operating Officer Susanne Given will also leave in February.

Not Just A Label
Not Just A Label, an online community of emerging designers, has appointed Shazad Awan as their Chief Technology Officer. Awan comes from Condé Nast, where he served as Chief Technology Officer, global e-commerce.


Managing Director of Blacks Outdoor, Chris Rowan, is Footasylum’s new Trading Director and Jack Spellacy, currently Buying Manager for the footwear retailer, has been promoted to Buying Director. Rowan will join the retailer November 9th. He will be responsible for retail, ecommerce and marketing as well as leading their trading strategy. Spellacy will now have responsibility for the retailer’s buying and merchandising departments. They will both report into Chief Executive Clare Nesbitt.

Imaginary Ventures

Fashion entrepreneur Natalie Massenet has already set up a new company weeks after resigning from online fashion retailer Yoox Net-a-Porter with an estimated £100m. The establishment of Imaginary Ventures is the first hint that she is already working on a new business idea. There is currently no indication of what the company will do.

Shop Direct

Former Executive Director of Pets At Home, Phil Hackney, is now Operations Director for Shop Direct. He will be responsible for logistics, fulfilment and customer service when he starts hi role at the etailer next year. Hackney has a wealth of experience with e-commerce and it’ll be interesting to see where he takes Shop Direct’s operations.


Following their $ deal to purchase a sizable chunk of Procter & Gamble’s beauty business, the company will be organised into three divisions, which will each be led by a President: Edgar Huber will be President of Coty Luxury, based in Paris; P&G’s Esi Eggleseton Bracey will be President of Coty Consumer Beauty, based in New York; and P&G’s Sylvie Moreau will be President of Coty Professional Beauty, based in Geneva.

Under the new structure, Coty will also create a department called Growth and Digital, led by Camillo Pane. Coty’s leadership team will also include Bart Becht in his current role as Chairman and interim CEO; Patrice de Talhouet, in his current role as Chief Financial Officer; Mario Reis as Chief Global Supply Officer; Jules Kaufman, Chief Legal Officer and Secretary; Ralph Macchio, Chief Science Officer and Sebastien Froidefond, Chief Human Resources Officer.

Jean Mortier will retire from Coty, and be succeeded effectively immediately by Huber as President of Global Markets. Mortier plans to stay with Coty through June as a special adviser to the CEO.


Tesla has announced the latest addition to its executive team – Jason Wheeler, Google Vice President of Finance, is joining Tesla as its Chief Financial Officer. Deepak Ahuja, Tesla CFO, announcing in June that he would be retiring by the end of the year and he would stay on to assist in the search for a successor. He is currently helping Wheeler transition. Additionally, Tesla hired Jon McNeill, former CEO of Enservio, to be Tesla’s Head of Global Sales.


The UK Bench team, previously comprised of 120 people, based in Tanzaro House in Manchester, has been cut in half, resulting in 60 redundancies. The young fashion brand has moved various roles from the UK to its office in Munich as it focuses on its German business, including “design and communication”, through have not provided details on specific roles involved. Their Munich team has grown from 40 to 90 people.


Andrew Townsin, UK and Ireland Country Manager for the French lifestyle brand, has been promoted to the newly created role of Brand Director of the UK, Ireland, Us and South America. He joined Aigle in 2010, and will focus on boosting sales in the US where the brand has been “under-represented”. in the US, Aigle is sold through Bergdorf Goodman and sold online through Nordstrom.