LONDON, United Kingdom — BoF compiles the most important professional moves of the week.
Pal Zileri appoints creative director
Menswear label Pal Zileri has named Rocco Iannone as its new creative director, effective July 3. He joins the brand from Giorgio Armani, where he headed up design for its menswear mainline, special projects and brand endorsements. His first collection for Pal Zileri will debut for the Autumn/Winter 2018 season.
Condé Nast Britain names chief digital officer
Simon Gresham Jones has been named chief digital officer of Condé Nast Britain. Gresham Jones joins the publisher from Burberry, where he served as global vice president of digital marketing. He is set to take up his new position on 4th September, reporting to Albert Read, incoming managing director of Condé Nast Britain, and Wolfgang Blau, incoming president of Condé Nast International.
Olivier Saillard leaves Palais Galliera for J.M. Weston
Olivier Saillard has been tapped by J.M. Weston and EPI as its new artistic, image and culture director. In his role, Saillard will oversee men's and women's shoe collections and accessories, in addition to the house image. Saillard, a fashion historian, curator and performer, joins the brand from the Palais Galliera, where he served as director for seven years. In addition to his new directorship, Saillard will continue to develop artistic performances and collaborations for major organisations.
Salvatore Ferragamo names chief executive
Salvatore Ferragamo has appointed Donald Kohler chief executive of the Americas region and chief retail officer of the worldwide group, effective September 4. Kohler joins the Italian label from Burberry, where he served as president Americas at Burberry. Prior to this, he held positions at Gap and Macy’s.
Anne Keating to leave Bloomingdale’s
Bloomingdale’s senior vice president of public relations, special events and corporate philanthropy is stepping down after 29 years at the company, effective July 28. Keating, who was instrumental in broadening the scope of the department store’s charity endeavours, will go on to become an independent consultant specialising in brands and philanthropy.
Changes to Under Armour team
Under Armour’s founder, chairman and chief executive Kevin Plank will relinquish his presidency, passing the title to newly appointed Patrik Frisk, who will also fill the role of chief operating officer, effective July 10. Frisk’s appointment accompanies wider management changes: Paul Fipps, formerly chief information officer and executive vice president of global operations, has been named chief technology officer; Colin Browne, formerly president of global sourcing, has been appointed chief supply chain officer; and Kevin Eskridge, formerly president of global merchandising, was named chief product officer.
Elle Decor names editor-in-chief
Hearst Magazines has tapped Whitney Robinson to helm Elle Decor, effective July 10. Robinson, who was most recently style director at Town & Country, has held positions at T Magazine, Wall Street Journal magazine, House Beautiful and Metropolitan Home. He will report to Newell Turner, editorial director of the Hearst Design Group.
Joe Zee exits Yahoo Style
Yahoo Style editor-in-chief Joe Zee has announced his departure from the fashion vertical he launched in 2014. Zee, who established his career at W, Allure and Elle before going digital, has become a household name through his television appearances. He departs the platform during a moment of massive change at Yahoo, as an estimated 2,100 people are set to lose their jobs following Verizon’s acquisition of the company.
Rimowa names chief product officer
German luggage company Rimowa has hired Rocky Jacob as chief product officer. Jacob joins the business from Nest, where he served as head of industrial design. Prior to this he held positions at HTC, Ideo and Ident Technology. This marks the second major appointment for the LVMH-owned brand this month, following Hector Muelas’s appointment as chief brand officer.
GQ South Africa hired editor-in-chief
Nkosiyati Khumalo has been named editor-in-chief at GQ South Africa, effective July 1. He will succeed Craig Tyson, who is leaving the title after 13 years at the helm. Khumalo’s promotion from deputy editor, a role he has held since 2013, will also see him tasked with expanding the magazine’s presence through new consumer experiences and products.
Burberry names president Americas
Former Brioni chief executive Gianluca Flore will join Burberry as president Americas region, effective July 5, and will report to Marco Gobbetti who takes the helm as chief executive on the same day. Flore, who exited Brioni last February, has also worked at Bottega Veneta, Fendi and La Perla. He succeeds Donald Kohler, who will depart the business on July 1.
Editor's Note: This article was revised on 30 June, 2017. An earlier version of this article misstated that Simon Gresham Jones was replacing Wolfgang Blau as the chief digital officer of Condé Nast International. This is untrue. Gresham Jones is joining the company as chief digital officer of Condé Nast Britain. Blau is currently the chief digital officer of Condé Nast International, which owns Condé Nast Britain, and is set to become president of Condé Nast International, effective August 1.
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