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Power Moves | Hunter Creative Director Departs, LOVE Names Senior Editor

This week, Alasdhair Willis exited the British heritage brand, while LOVE appointed Pierre A. M’Pelé, aka Pam Boy, as its senior editor.
Alasdhair Willis | Source: Getty Images
  • Aminah Khan

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

Hunter creative director departs

British heritage brand Hunter announced Alasdhair Willis will be stepping down as creative director, effective July 31. Willis, who joined the company in 2013, will be senior advisor to Atypical Partner — the umbrella company controlling Pall Mall Legacy, Hunter’s new majority shareholder. 

LOVE magazine names new senior editor 

The bi-annual British style magazine LOVE has appointed Pierre A. M'Pelé, aka Pam Boy, as its senior editor. In his new role, M'Pelé, who has been writing for the publication over the last two years and has previously contributed to WWD and i-D, will be working on both print and digital products. 


Macy’s chief brand experience officer exits 

Rachel Shechtman is stepping down from her role as chief brand experience officer at Macy’s. The move follows a series of departures, including former president Hal Lawton and finance chief Paula Price. Shechtman’s exit comes as the department store chain announced it will be cutting an extra 3,900 jobs. 

Estée Lauder Companies appoints new executive VP, senior VP

The beauty giant has named Andrew Ross executive vice president and Daniel Mahler senior vice president of global transformation and category leadership, effective July 1. Both will report to Estée Lauder Companies President and Chief Executive Fabrizio Freda, and Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Tracey T. Travis. 

Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana appoints new management board, re-elects chairman 

In a general meeting, held on June 24, CNMI Chairman and Chief Executive Carlo Capasa was unanimously re-elected. The Italian fashion’s governing body also named its new management board to serve for a two year period. The new appointments include: Patrizio Bertelli, Prada SpA; Marco Bizzarri, Gucci; Serge Brunschwig, Fendi; Carlo Capasa, CNMI; Alfonso Dolce, Dolce & Gabbana Srl; Jacopo Etro, Etro SpA; Giovanna Gentile Ferragamo, Salvatore Ferragamo SpA; Massimo Ferretti, Aeffe SpA; Luigi Maramotti, Max Mara; Angela Missoni, Missoni SpA; Renzo Rosso, OTB SpA; Remo Ruffini, Moncler SpA; Carla Sozzani, Carla Sozzani Editore Srl; Jacopo Venturini, Valentino SpA and Ermenegildo Zegna, Ermenegildo Zegna Holditalia SpA.  Also to sit on the new board are the honorary Presidents Mario Boselli and Beppe Modenese.

Port Magazine taps new fashion director, music editor

The award-winning bi-annual culture magazine has named Mitchell Belk fashion director and John-Paul Pryor music editor. Belk replaces Dan May and Rose Forde, although May will continue to contribute to future issues. Belk, who has previously worked on campaign imagery for the likes of Paul Smith, John Lobb and Mr. Porter, joins the UK-based publication after spending five years freelancing in New York. Pryor, an editor, author and art director, joins from Mortimer House in London’s Fitzrovia where he served as the cultural director. 

Swatch Group announces CEO reshuffle 

The Swiss watchmaking group announced new heads for several of its watch brands. Rado’s Chief Executive Matthias Breschan will succeed former Longines Chief Executive Walter von Kaenel, who has stepped down. Meanwhile, Hamilton’s current head, Sylvain Dolla, will replace François Thiébaudas as chief executive of Tissot. Dolla will be succeeded by former Head of Brand Sales Vivian Stauffer. Adrian Bosshard, the current head of Certina and Union, will be spearheading Rado. Former Jaquet Droz Vice President of Sales Marc Aellen will be leading Certina. Omega’s Chief Executive Raynald Aeschlimann will be joining the executive group management board. All appointments are effective July 1. 

Agent Provocateur announces new marketing and communications director

Kate Brindley is now leading marketing and communications at the British luxury lingerie brand. Brindley, who joins from startup lingerie label Noelle Wolf, previously worked at Nicholas Kirkwood as the global communications director and Liberty of London as head of press, marketing and community.

Signet appoints new chief digital officer

Rebecca Wooters, Citi bank’s former chief customer experience officer and head of digital experience, has been named chief digital officer of Signet Jewelers. Wooters will be overseeing the retailer’s digital strategy and the development of digital services and channels. She will report to Signet Jewelers’ Chief Executive Virginia C. Drosos.

Amazon UK country manager steps down


The e-commerce giant announced Doug Gurr will be exiting the company after nine years. His successor is yet to be announced. Gurr, who is also the chairman of the British Heart Foundation and trustee of the National Gallery, will be joining the Natural History Museum as its new director.

John Lewis appoints new executive director

Pippa Wicks, who previously served as the deputy chief executive of British consumer company Co-operative Group, has been named the executive director of the British department store chain. The move follows the departure of  Managing Director Paula Nickolds in January. In her new role, Wicks will oversee trading, merchandising, marketing and the development of propositions and services for the retailer’s brick-and-mortar sites and e-commerce platform.

Skylar taps CMO from Estée Lauder Companies 

The Los Angeles-based clean fragrance brand has named former Smashbox Cosmetics and Bumble and Bumble Vice President of Global Marketing Bernard Zion as chief marketing officer. In his new role, Zion will oversee the brand’s marketing and growth strategy and will report to Skylar Founder and Chief Executive Cat Chen. 

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