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Power Moves | H&M Announces New CEO, Levi’s Adds to Board of Directors

This week, Karl-Johan Persson steps down as H&M CEO, while Levi’s appoints a data scientist from Apple to its board.
Helena Helmersson | Source: H&M Media Gallery
  • Rachel Deeley

LONDON, United Kingdom — BoF compiles the most important professional moves of the week.

H&M CEO steps down amid reshuffle

H&M President and Chief Executive Karl-Johan Persson is stepping down to succeed his father, Stefan Persson, as chairman. Helena Helmersson, previously chief operating officer at the Swedish retailer, replaces Persson as the company's first female chief executive as of January 30. She is also the first non-family member to assume the role at the company.

Levi’s adds Apple data scientist to board of directors

Levi Strauss & Co. has appointed Yael Garten, director of Siri data science and engineering for Apple, to its board of directors. Garten is also an advisory board member at Northwestern University.

Estée Lauder announces leadership shakeup

Estée Lauder Companies has made a number of internal appointments across its brand portfolio, promoting Justin Boxford to global brand president, La Mer; Philippe Pinatel to global brand president, MAC Cosmetics; Deborah Royer to global brand president and chief creative officer, Le Labo; and Christopher Wood to president, North Asia and president of Dr Jart+ and Do The Right Thing.

J.Crew taps former Victoria’s Secret lead for CEO

J.Crew has found a new chief executive in Jan Singer, who stepped down as chief executive of Victoria's Secret in November 2018. Singer replaces Jim Brett, who abruptly departed from J.Crew in November 2018. A committee of four executives led the company in the interim.

Scotch & Soda taps Altuzarra CEO for Americas lead, names CMO and CCO

Scotch & Soda has appointed Karis Durmer chief executive, Americas, reporting to Scotch & Soda Chief Executive Frederick Lukoff effective April 2020. Durmer joins the company from Altuzarra, where she served as chief executive.

The Amsterdam-based brand has also added two Stella McCartney veterans to its executive team, appointing former marketing chief Stephane Jaspar to chief marketing officer and Ludovic Le Gourrierec, who was general manager of Stella McCartney men's, to the newly created role of chief commercial officer.

Altuzarra names CEO

Replacing Karis Durmer as chief executive at Altuzarra is Shira Sue Carmi, who joins the company at the start of February from Mansur Gavriel, where she was president. Durmer will stay on until early March as part of the transition process.

Columbia names new chairman, lead independent director

Columbia Sportswear President and Chief Executive Tim Boyle has been named chairman of the board, succeeding his late mother Gert Boyle. The company also appointed Andy Bryant, formerly chairman of the board of directors at Intel, to the newly created role of lead independent director.

Francine Klein leaves Bloomingdale’s

Francine Klein, Bloomingdale’s executive vice president and general merchandising manager for centre core products, is retiring on February 28, 2020, after 40 years at the US department store. Stacie Borteck has been promoted to senior vice president and general merchandising manager of centre core.

British Vogue names Ellie Pithers digital director

British Vogue has promoted Ellie Pithers, fashion features editor & senior associate digital editor, to digital director with immediate effect. Pithers replaces Anne-Marie Tomchak and reports to Editor-in-Chief Edward Enninful.

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