LONDON, United Kingdom — BoF compiles the most important professional moves of the week.
BoF Announces Expansion of Senior Editorial Team
The Business of Fashion (BoF) announced a series of new additions to its expanding team. Fashion critic and commentator Tim Blanks is joining BoF from Style.com, taking up the position of editor-at-large. Tom Florio, former CEO of Advanstar Fashion Group and publishing director at Condé Nast, is joining BoF as a board member and advisor. Andrew Barker has been appointed executive editor, joining from ES Magazine at the London Evening Standard to manage the company’s core daily editorial operations. Queennie Yang has been named managing editor of BoF China, having joined from Modern Weekly. BoF also announced new appointments within its existing editorial team. Long-time BoF managing editor Vikram Alexei Kansara is taking up the newly created role of editorial director, developing editorial strategy, leading BoF’s coverage at the intersection of fashion and technology and overseeing new growth verticals. Lauren Sherman, a contributing editor since 2013, has been appointed BoF’s New York editor.
Iconix Founder Steps Down
Neil Cole, the founder of the Iconix Brand Group, is stepping down from his positions as chief executive officer, chairman and president. Iconix board member Peter Cuneo will succeed Cole as chairman and interim chief executive. Cuneo has served on the board since 2006 and was previously president and chief executive officer of Marvel Entertainment.
Alibaba Names President
Alibaba Group Holding Ltd has hired former Goldman Sachs partner Michael Evans as president, effective immediately. Evans, who will be responsible for overseeing Alibaba's international expansion, spent two decades at the investment bank in positions including vice chairman and head of Asia. In the newly created position, Evans will report to chief executive Daniel Zhang.
C.Wonder Taps Brad Goreski
Just one month after Xcel Brands acquired the C.Wonder brand, which filed for bankruptcy in January, the company has appointed Brad Goreski as its new creative director. In his new role, Goreski will also be the on-air personality for the brand at QVC, where his new designs will show exclusively in spring 2016.
Anya Hindmarch Hires Finance Director
Anya Hindmarch has appointed James Taylor as financial director, effective immediately. He also joins the company's executive committee. Taylor was previously director of finance at haircare business GHD, where he was instrumental in the £300 million acquisition by Lion Capital in 2013.
Bergdorf Goodman’s SVP Management
Elizabeth von der Goltz, senior vice president and general merchandise manager of fine apparel and jewellery has assumed additional responsibilities in contemporary and beauty. Meanwhile, Melissa Lowenkron, senior vice president and general merchandise manager of men’s, decorative home and Little BG has assumed additional responsibility for shoes and handbags.
Jimmy Choo Appoints Two Board Directors
Meribeth Parker and Anna-Lena Kamenetzky have been named non-executive board directors at Jimmy Choo. Kamenetzky succeeds Bart Becht, who stepped down from the board after it conflicted with his involvement as chairman and interim chief executive officer of Coty Inc. Parker was most recently group publishing director at Hearst Magazines UK, where she worked for 14 years. Kamenetzky comes from JAB Holding, where she has been head of business development since 2012.
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