The Latest Appointments at Swissôtel, Ermenegildo Zegna, Pernod Ricard, Diane von Furstenberg, MB&F;, Ralph Lauren, KCD & the British Fashion Council.
Another acquisition has been followed by another key exit. Just three months after the sale of Vionnet to Go to Enterprise Sarl, headed by the London-based Goga Ashkenazi, creative directors Barbara and Lucia Croce have “have, currently, interrupted their collaboration” with the storied brand. No official reason has been given for their departure, other than WWD reporting it could be related to clashes with Ashkenazi herself.
Despite such news, Vionnet has confirmed the Paris spring show will be held regularly on September 28th, designed by an in-house team. And that it will mark the 100th anniversary of the brand on September 30th “with a special event and presentation of the Demi Couture collection.”
Pringle of Scotland will also part ways with managing director Benoit Duverger, following the departure of design director Alistair Carr in April. Mr. Duverger has been re-assigned as a senior consultant to the Fang family, who own the Pringle of Scotland brand. The managing director role will not be re-filled, instead Mr. Duverger will work closely with CEO Jean Fang to roll out the new retail concept globally.
Natalie Massenet, founder of the Net-a-Porter group, has been appointed chairman of the British Fashion Council (BFC), replacing Harold Tillman, who has served since 2008. Typically the honorary role has tenure of three years, yet Ms. Massenet is rumoured to only have committed until some time in 2013.
Diane Von Furstenberg has appointed former Tommy Hilfiger CEO Joel Horowitz as co-chairman of the board, where he will jointly oversee the board of directors alongside Ms. von Furstenberg herself. Mr. Horowitz originally launched the Tommy Hilfiger brand in 1989, and served until 2005 when he retired.
Source: Vogue UK
Following this year’s exit from Yves Saint Laurent, Zegna Group has confirmed the appointment of Stefano Pilati as creative director of women’s wear brand Agnona, and head of design at Ermenegildo Zegna. Mr. Pilati will assume responsibility for the brand’s fashion show as well as for the Ermenegildo Zegna Couture collection, effective 1st January 2013.
Source: Ermenegildo Zegna
Formerly senior associate editor at GQ, Kevin Sintumuang has re-joined the men’s magazine as multimedia editor, succeeding Sean Fennessey. Mr. Sintumuang most recently served as features editor for The Wall Street Journal’s “Off Duty” section, and will now oversee daily editorial content for gq.com.
Following the launch of its London Office, inside the studio complex of multichannel creative agency Spring, KCD has appointed former president of Turner Broadcasting Europe, Nan Richards, as managing director. KCD London has confirmed it will oversee upcoming projects for Prabal Gurung, JustOneEye.com and Kate Moss and Marc Jacobs this autumn.
Richemont’s Lancel brand has confirmed Fabrizio Cardinali its new CEO, to complement the creative direction established by Leonello Borghi. Mr. Cardinali previously worked as sales and marketing director for Dolce & Gabbana, after working as D&G;’s Worldwide Director for six years.
Source: Fashion United
Effective 1st August 2012, Alexandre David has been appointed chief commercial officer of the MB&F; Creative Lab. Mr. David held the CEO position at Ikepod from 2008 to 2012, where he was charged with repositioning the brand and building a solid international retail network almost from scratch.
Mulberry has appointed Carl Barbato as its first U.S. president, reporting to Bruno Guillon, Mulberry’s chief executive officer. Mr. Barbato was most recently vice president of retail at David Yurman, following service as vice president of retail at Escada USA and chief operating officer of Shanghai Tang U.S.
Following the sudden passing of Patrick Ricard, who served for 34 years as the head of Pernod Ricard, Danièle Ricard has been appointed chairman of the board of directors. Pierre Pringuet has been tapped as the vice-chairman of the board while continuing as CEO, and Alexandre Ricard as deputy CEO and COO on Pierre Pringuet’s proposal.
Ralph Lauren Corp. has named long-time Procter & Gamble Co. executive Christopher Peterson as its chief financial officer and senior vice president, effective 24 September 2012. Mr Peterson replaces Tracey Travis, who in July was named CFO at Estee Lauder, and will be responsible for Ralph Lauren’s global finance and information technology organisations.
Source: Yahoo Finance
The new director brand marketing at Swissôtel Hotels & Resorts is Tilman Fuchs, who previously served as creative director brand marketing in Munich and Zurich for Interbrand. Mr. Fuchs has worked as a designer and art director since 1989, serving at agencies in Frankfurt, Sydney and New York.
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