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Power Moves | Filippa K Hires Former Saint Laurent Designer, Dunhill’s New CEO

Liisa Kessler joins the Scandinavian label, Laurent Malecaze joins Dunhill from AZ Factory.
Creative director Liisa Kessler joined Filippa K from Saint Laurent.
Creative director Liisa Kessler joined Filippa K from Saint Laurent. (Courtesy.)

Scandi brand Filippa K taps Liisa Kessler in the midst of a reboot. The former Saint Laurent designer, who also did stints at Lanvin, Y/Project and Chloé will join recently appointed chief executive Rikard Frost as he seeks to take the label more upmarket and expand its international presence. The label will roll out new branding with Kessler’s debut collection in June.

Dunhill appoints former AZ Factory chief executive as CEO. Laurent Malecaze joins the fellow Richemont-owned brand with experience at The Webster and succeeds ex-Burberry executive Andrew Maag. Mauro Grimaldi was named strategic adviser to Philippe Fortunato (chief executive of fashion and accessories Maisons at Richemont) and will focus on managing AZ Factory, reports WWD. Grimaldi most recently held the role of chief executive of Printemps International.

Michael Kors announced Janice Sullivan as its new president of women’s ready-to-wear. The former group president of sales, merchandising and design at NYC Alliance will lead the global Michael Kors women’s apparel business and report to Joshua Schulman, chief executive officer. Sullivan has also served as chief executive of Rebecca Taylor and Edun, and held executive positions at Calvin Klein and DKNY.

Nike veteran named global brand president, The North Face. Nicole Otto will succeed Steve Murray in the position and report to Steve Rendle chairman, president and chief executive at parent company VF Corporation. Otto most recently was vice president of Nike Direct North America, where she oversaw the integration of the company’s digital and physical retail channels.

Yoox Net-A-Porter names Natalie Lee general manager, Asia Pacific. In her new role, the former Vestiaire Collective vice president for APAC will oversee marketing, communications, personal shopping and commercial planning in the region outside of mainland China and Japan. She will report to Paolo Mascio, chief regional officer.

Dazed Media makes new hires, introduces Dazed Club. Former i-D global editorial director Jack Sunnucks will lead the new membership-based venture launching in 2022 as creative director alongside Kanerva Lehtonen, membership marketing manager. Additionally, Harry Slater, the current deputy editor-in-chief of HuffPost UK, is joining the publication as digital director, following the February departure of Charlotte Cijffers. DazedDigital.com has named several new editors-at-large, as follows: Liam Hess, fashion, Ashleigh Kane, arts and photography and Natty Kasambala, music. Serena Smith will join the site as news editor and Violet Conroy will be AnOthermag.com’s features editor.

Steve Madden names venture capitalist Arian Simone to the board of directors. Simone is president and chief executive officer of Fearless Fund, which invests in businesses led by women of colour. Steve Madden has previously worked with the Fund, providing mentoring sessions and highlighting its companies on social media.

Former Equifax and Coca-Cola Company executive joins ThredUp board. Coretha Rushing will use her 35 years of human resources experience to counsel the resale platform on its employee initiatives as it targets growth.

Sergio Rossi names digital creator and founder of “Style Heroine” artistic director. Evangelie Smyrniotaki will oversee brand image, including ad campaigns, content and styling for the footwear brand, and report to chief executive Riccardo Sciutto reports WWD.


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