LONDON, United Kingdom — BoF compiles the most important professional moves of the week.
Diane Von Furstenburg Names Co-Chairman
Following the departure of CEO Paolo Riva last November, Marc Menesguen has been appointed co-chairman of Diane Von Furstenburg, effective immediately. Menesguen, who joins from L'Oréal where he was president of consumer products, will share co-chairman responsibilities with Diane Von Furstenburg.
Rinascente Management Changes
Alberto Baldan is stepping down as chief executive of Italian department store group Rinascente to pursue other opportunities. Baldan joined the company in 2007 as managing director, before being promoted to CEO in 2012, when Rinascente was acquired by Central Group of Thailand. Pierluigi Cocchini, currently sales director, will assume the role of CEO. Additionally, Stefano Della Valle, presently CFO, will assume responsibility for COO of all Central Group businesses in Europe.
Tom Ford Appoints President and Chief Operating Officer
Brian Blake has been named president and COO of Tom Ford International, effective immediately. Blake will oversee all business activities and operations for the company. Previously, he was CEO of distribution and manufacturing within the company. Prior to joining Tom Ford, Blake held senior roles at Gucci, Prada and Burberry.
Giovanni Bianco Joins Vogue Italia
Vogue Italia has announced Giovanni Bianco as brand creative director, reporting directly to editor-in-chief Emanuele Farneti. Bianco will be responsible for the graphic re-design and visual direction of the magazine. He will continue to run his creative agency, GB65.
Adidas Group Appoints Arthur Hoeld Senior Vice President
Adidas Group announced Arthur Hoeld as senior vice president, global brands strategy and business development. Hoeld, who was formerly general manager, Adidas Originals will help drive the brand's strategy. Torben Schumacher will succeed Hoeld as general manager, Adidas Originals, effective immediately. Schumacher will be responsible for Adidas Originals, as well as Action Sports, Y-3 and partnerships including YEEZY and Raf Simons.
Wired.com Names Editor
Andrea Valdez has been appointed editor of Wired.com, beginning March 13. Valdez was previously editor of Texasmonthly.com, where she oversaw a site traffic increase of 250 percent and a 500 percent increase in social media audience.
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