LONDON, United Kingdom – BoF compiles the most important professional moves of the week.
Mulberry Names Creative Director
British luxury leather goods and fashion brand Mulberry has appointed Céline accessories designer Johnny Coca as its new creative director, effective next July. Coca succeeds former creative director Emma Hill, who quit Mulberry last year after then-CEO Bruno Guillon sought to move the brand up market. Coca will be responsible for all of Mulberry's collections, reporting to Godfrey Davis, chairman and CEO.
Reed Krakoff President Exits
Stacy Van Praagh, president of luxury fashion house Reed Krakoff, has left the company, having joined in May. At Krakoff, Van Praagh became CEO, in addition to remaining creative director, when Valérie Hermann resigned as president and chief executive in February. The reasons behind Van Praagh's departure are currently unknown.
Ella Dolphin Promoted at Hearst UK
Hearst Magazines UK has promoted Ella Dolphin to group commercial director, a newly created role. Formerly group publishing director for titles including Cosmopolitan, Red and Esquire, Dolphin will now lead Hearst's commercial strategy across mobile, tablet, web, print and events. Dolphin's new remit includes 19 magazines and 26 websites.
The New York Times Taps Kinsey Wilson
The New York Times has appointed Kinsey Wilson, a former NPR executive and executive editor of USA Today, as editor for innovation and strategy, a newly created role. Wilson, 58, who begins his new role in February, will be responsible for expanding mobile strategy and creating new digital products. Wilson’s appointment follows the announcement last month of a round of staff reductions in the publication's newsroom, aimed at reducing its size by about 100.
Lucky Cuts Three Editors
Lucky Magazine has let go of accessories director Julia Kalachikoff, fashion features editor Hayley Phelan, and special sections director Liz Kiernan. A spokesperson from Lucky said that promotions will be made from within to fill any spaces. Staff layoffs have recently been prevalent across Condé Nast-owned titles: earlier in the week, Glamour let go of four editors, including longtime co-executive editor Lauren Brody, and Julie Stone, deputy editor of photo visuals for 14 years.
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