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The Latest Appointments: Chanel, Daimler & Condé Nast

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Anna Wintour has been appointed artistic director at Condé Nast


The Latest luxury industry appointments at Barneys, Daimler, Chanel, Tod’s, Condé Nast, Aquascutum, Raymond Weil, Walpole, Sofitel & Volvo

Richemont has announced the retirement of Ms Pilar Boxford, effective 1 April 2013. She will step down from the Group Management Committee at that time after serving the Swiss conglomerate since 1979. Following her retirement, she will continue as a consultant, supporting the Maisons on key public relations matters.

Henrik Fisker has resigned as executive chairman, citing “several major disagreements” with top management on business strategy, according to an email he apparently distributed to several major news organisations. According to Brand Channel, Fisker was integral to the design of the company’s cars as well as its name.

Shiseido Co. President Hisayuki Suekawa will step down for health reasons at the end of March 2013. Chairman Shinzo Maeda, who was president from 2005 to 2011, will take on the added role of president.


Mark Taylor, COO, Acquascutum

Aquascutum has hired former Juicy Couture finance director Mark Taylor as its chief operating officer for its UK business. Mr. Taylor took up the position in early March, replacing former Aquascutum boss Tim Dally, who stepped down due to ill health. He will report directly to Aquascutum International’s executive director and general manager, Andrew Chan.

Source: Fashion United


Jennifer Sunwoo, EVP, Barneys

Barneys New York has confirmed that Jennifer Sunwoo has been promoted to executive vice president and general merchandise manager for women’s, effective immediately. The former Bergdorf’s divisional merchandise manager of designer sportswear, joined Barneys in 2011 as the senior vice president of women’s designer fashion.

Source: WWD


Christine Dagousset Global President, Fragrance & Beauty, Chanel

Christine Dagousset, currently executive vice president of fragrance and beauté at Chanel Inc. in the U.S., has been appointed global president for the division. Ms. Dagousset began an 11-year tenure with L’Oréal as an intern in the household products division. In 1998 she was approached by Chanel to become senior vice president for global skincare, based in France.

Source: WWD


Victor Luis, CEO, Coach

Coach Inc. has named Victor Luis, head of the company’s international business, to succeed Chief Executive Officer Lew Frankfort next year. Frankfort, who was named CEO in 1995, will become executive chairman as of January 2014. Coach named Luis president and chief commercial officer in the interim and said he’ll also join the board.

Source: Bloomberg


Anna Wintour, Artistic Director, Condé Nast

Condé Nast has promoted Anna Wintour to the newly created role of artistic director, further to her duties as editor in chief of Vogue and editorial director of Teen Vogue. “The establishment of an Artistic Director is a reflection of our commitment to preserve and champion all that exists ‘Only at Condé Nast,’” Charles H. Townsend, the chief executive of Condé Nast.

Source: Fashionista


Dieter Zetsche, CEO, Daimler

Daimler has extended Chief Executive Officer Dieter Zetsche’s term until the end of 2016. The automaker has also named manufacturing manager Wolfgang Bernhard as head of the Daimler Trucks division, switching roles with Andreas Renschler, who will oversee production and purchasing at Mercedes-Benz cars and vans.

Source: Bloomberg


David Chu, CEO, Georg Jensen

Georg Jensen has appointed David Chu – the original founder of Nautica – as its new Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Chu previously served as Georg Jensen co-chair of the Board of Directors and chief creative officer. He will continue to serve as a board member as well as the chief creative officer, overseeing the design direction and strategy for all products.

Source: Retail Jeweller


Ann McLaughlin Korologos, Jean Tomlin, Board of Directors, Michael Kors

Michael Kors Holdings Limited has appointed Ann McLaughlin Korologos and Jean Tomlin to the Company’s Board of Directors. Ann McLaughlin Korologos is a former U.S. Secretary of Labor with extensive experience in the areas of international markets, marketing, regulatory and government affairs, policymaking and corporate governance.

Jean Tomlin has over 35 years experience in human resources, employee relations, training and development. Since 2006, Ms. Tomlin has served as Director, Human Resources of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Source: BusinessWire


Stuart Sklar, VP, Raymond Weil North America

Raymond Weil has appointed Stuart Sklar as vice president of North America. Sklar previously held the positions of vice president of national sales at Bulova, senior vice president at Movado Group, and president at Maurice Lacroix.

Source: JCK Online


François Tauriac, Managing Director, Richard Mille

Richard Mille has appointed François Tauriac as managing director. Mr. Tauriac has spent his entire career at the Figaro Group as a journalist, starting out in the politics department of the group’s French daily newspaper. He has also developed a number of innovative online and digital applications, including the first magazine television channel on YouTube: “Very Watch”.

Source: FHH


Sirinate Meenakul, Global Brand Director, Sofitel So

Sofitel Luxury Hotels has appointed Sirinate Meenakul as its first Global Brand Director for the Sofitel So label, the ‘boutique hotel’ vision of Sofitel. Mr. Meenakul has served almost two decades in the hospitality sector, and will spearhead and strategise the overall brand positioning of Sofitel So.

Source: eTravel Blackboard


Alessandra Facchinetti, Creative Director, Tod’s

Tod’s has hired former Gucci and Valentino designer Alessandra Facchinetti as creative director, where she will oversee the company’s womenswear line. Her first collection will be presented during the Milan fashion week in September 2013. Facchinetti, who debuted as designer of Prada’s edgy brand MiuMiu in 1994, made her name as creative head at Gucci, Moncler and Valentino.

Source: Reuters


Robin Page, Interior Design, Volvo

Volvo has hired the man responsible for designing the interiors of the Bentley Continental and Mulsanne. Bentley’s head of interior design, Robin Page, has confirmed he’s joining Volvo to head up the interior design department at the Swedish automaker.

Source: Motor Authority


Sue O’Brien, Board of Directors, Walpole

Sue O’Brien has been appointed to the Walpole board of directors, the luxury brands trade body that represents British brands. In addition to her new role, O’Brien has been the group chief executive of Norman Broadbent since 2008, and she created the Human Capital Consulting Group which helps deliver and assess innovative leaders of the future.

Source: Fashion United





For more in the series of The Latest Appointments, please see our most recent editions as follows:

- The Latest Appointments: Bulgari, Burberry & Four Seasons
- The Latest Appointments: Harrods, Balenciaga & Louis Vuitton
- The Latest Appointments: Christie’s, Richemont & Ferrari


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