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The Latest Appointments: Cadillac, Harrods & Louis Vuitton


Cathy Horyn (Image: BoF)

New leadership at Remy Martin, Burberry, Safilo, Louis Vuitton and Harvey Nicholas, as famed fashion critic Cathy Horyn announces her resignation from the NYTimes

Aston Martin’s global marketing chief Markus Kramer has left the role of global marketing director at the car marque to work for marketing services company Brand Affairs (Marketing Week).

Paula Sutter resigned from her role as president of Diane von Furstenberg, effective 31st December 2013 (WWD).

Nicolas Houzé, president of Galeries Lafayette’s department store division, has dismissed the majority of top management at the company, a team which put in place by predecessor from Paul Delaoutre (FashionMag).

Designer Jil Sander is set to leave her namesake brand for the third time, for “personal reasons", according to the company. A replacement for Sander was not announced (Business of Fashion).

Following the appointment of Nicolas Ghesquière as creative director of Louis Vuitton, Julie de Libran, the studio director of women’s ready-to-wear, has announced her departure (NY Mag).

Also at LVMH, head of watches and jewellery, Francesco Trapani, is to step down on March 1st 2014. He will become an advisor to group Chairman Bernard Arnault and keep his seat on the board of directors at LVMH (Reuters).

Andreas Renschler, head of manufacturing at Mercedes Benz Cars is leaving the German luxury car and truck maker, and analysts say he may take a job at Volkswagen (Reuters).

Taylor Tomasi Hill announced her departure from online luxury retailer Moda Operandi, where she served as creative director from 2011 ((NYMag).

Jeremy Langmead, Mr Porter’s editor in chief, has resigned his post and is set to join Christie’s in 2014 as the auction house’s chief content officer (WWD).

Cathy Horyn, the New York Times’ inimitable fashion critic of fifteen years has resigned, due to her desire to spend more time with her partner, Art Ortenberg (

Daniele Cavalli, son of Roberto Cavalli and his wife Eva and creative director of men’s wear, has left the family company. This immediately follows the news that CEO Gianluca Brozzetti and COO Carlo Di Biagio are leaving their roles (WWD).

Joseph Boitano, group senior vice president and general merchandise manager of Saks Fifth Avenue, is leaving the company on January 31st 2014, to “take some time off and pursue some additional ideas” (WWD).

Tony Spring, Chairman, Bloomingdale’s

Michael Gould, Chief Executive Officer – and chairman at Bloomingdale for the past 22 years – will be replaced by the company’s current president and chief operating officer, Tony Spring.

Source: Fashion United

Paola Milani, Global Communications Director, Brioni

In a new role for the brand, Brioni has brought on Paola Milani as global communications director. Ms. Milani was most recently corporate brand director at Kering in Paris.

Source: WWD

Luc Goidadin, Chief Design Officer, Burberry

Christopher Bailey has appointed Luc Goidadin Burberry’s new chief design officer to oversee all aspects of the house’s designs. The designer has been with the British company for more than twelve years.


Uwe Ellinghaus, CMO, Cadillac

Cadillac has appointed Uwe Ellinghaus to the newly created position of Chief Marketing Officer, effective January 1st 2014. Mr. Ellinghaus most recently served as EVP marketing and sales at Montblanc.

Source: General Motors

Lisa Valentino, Chief Revenue Officer, Condé Nast

Condé Nast Entertainment has hired Lisa Valentino as chief revenue officer, a newly created role, charged with “leading revenue generation for the division.” Ms. Valentino joins CNE from ESPN, where she served as senior vice president of multimedia sales.

Source: WWD

Catia Cesari, SVP, Coty

Catia Cesari will join Coty Inc. as SVP of business development, mergers and acquisitions, effective February 1st 2014. She most recently served as Chief Mergers & Acquisitions and Human Capital Officer at Labelux Group.

Source: Coty

Garine Zerounian, VP Public Relations, Giorgio Armani

Giorgio Armani Corp has named Garine Zerounian vice president of public relations. Most recently, she was vice president of global communications at Belstaff.

Source: WWD

Devon Pike, President, Givenchy U.S.

Devon Pike has been named president of Givenchy’s U.S. subsidiary, reporting to global chief executive officer Sebastian Suhl. Ms. Pike previously held retail, digital and business development roles at Juicy Couture.

Source: WWD

Helen David, Fashion Director, Harrods

Following the departure of chief merchant Marigay McKee, Helen David. is to be appointed fashion director of women’ s wear accessories, fine jewellery and children’s wear. Ms. David currently serves as general merchandise manager of women’s wear and fine jewellery.

Source: Fashion United

Stacey Cartwright, CEO, Harvey Nichols

Harvey Nichols has enlisted Stacey Cartwright as its new CEO, replacing Joseph Wan, who has served in the role for the past 21 years. Ms. Cartwright most recently served as chief financial officer and executive vice president at Burberry Group.

Source: Vogue UK

Roberto Vedovotto, Eyewear, Kering

Former Safilo chief executive officer Roberto Vedovotto has joined the ranks at Kering to pilot the French group’s eyewear business, effective immediately. Mr. Vedovotto will review the group’s eyewear strategy across the group’s brands.

Source: FashionMag

Sophie Gasperment, Group Financial Communications, L’Oreal

L’Oréal has named Sophie Gasperment its new group general manager, financial communication and strategic prospective, taking over from Thierry Prévot who has announced his retirement.

Source: FashionMag

Tancrède de Lalun, SVP of Merchandising, Loewe

Tancrède de Lalun has been named SVP of Merchandising at LVMH’s Loewe. He is to oversee product management, buying and merchandising and sit on the brand’s executive committee.

Source: WWD

Nicolas Ghesquière, Creative Director, Louis Vuitton

After months of speculation, Louis Vuitton has appointed Nicolas Ghesquière, former creative director of Balenciaga, as its new artistic director of women’s collections, effective immediately.

Source: Business of Fashion

Niki Scordi, CEO, Matthew Williamson

Matthew Williamson has appointed Niki Scordi to the role of chief executive. The former Nicole Farhi chief executive joined the company in March 2013 as managing director.

Source: Vogue UK

Paula Reed, Creative Director,

Paula Reed, former founding style director of Grazia UK and style director of Harvey Nichols, has joined Munich-based luxury fashion e-tailer as creative director.

Source: Business of Fashion

Heather Kaminetsky, VP Marketing, Net-a-Porter

Heather Kaminetsky has joined Net-a-porter as vice president of marketing for the Americas. She succeeds Tenley Zinke, head of communications, who left the company.

Source: WWD

Michael Tucci, Managing Partner, Rag & Bone

Michael Tucci has joined Rag & Bone in the newly created role of managing partner. Mr. Tucci will oversee strategy and operations and report to the label’s founders, David Neville, Marcus Wainwright.

Source: WWD

Eric Vallat, CEO, Remy Martin

Remy Cointreau has named former LVMH executive Eric Vallat as the new head of its cognac division, Remy Martin. Mr. Vallat will replace Patrick Piana, who resigned in late 2013.

Source: Reuters

Luisa Delgado, CEO, Safilo

Luisa Delgado has been appointed as the new CEO of Safilo Group, after serving as a non-executive Director and a Member of the global Executive Board and Chief Human Resources Officer since September 2012.

Source: Safilo

Jacques Bahbout, CEO, Smythson

Smythson has named its current chairman and owner, Jacques Bahbout, Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Bahbout succeeds the previous CEO, Andy Janowski, who left his position due to “personal reasons”.

Source: Fashion United

Glenn McMahon, CEO, Tamara Mellon

Tamara Mellon has tapped Glenn McMahon as president and chief executive officer of her eponymous brand, succeeding Fritz Winans, who has left the company.

Source: WWD

Mona Sharf Swanson, VP Communications, Valentino USA

Valentino USA has named Mona Sharf Swanson vice president of communications, Ms. Sharf Swanson joins from Theory, where she has held the title of director of communications for Theory and Helmut Lang since 2010.

Source: WWD

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

- The Latest Appointments: Burberry, Schiaparelli & Ritz-Carlton
- The Latest Appointments: Kering, Dior & Four Seasons
- The Latest Appointments: Saint Laurent, Buccellati & Hermès


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