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Power Moves | Karla Otto Announces Co-CEOs, Valentino Names Chief Brand Officer

This week, Karla Otto is succeeded at her eponymous PR label by co-CEOs, while Valentino appoints its first chief brand officer.
Isabelle Chouvet, Alexander Werz and Karla Otto | Source: Courtesy

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

Karla Otto names co-CEOs amid management shakeup

Karla Otto has announced that she will become chairwoman of her eponymous PR label, with Executive Director Alexander Werz and K2 Co-Founder Isabelle Chouvet named her successors as co-chief executives. Chouvet will also remain chief executive of The Independents, the holding company for K2, Karla Otto and Dubai-based agency The Qode.

Valentino names chief brand officer

Alessio Vannetti, who stepped down from his role as Gucci’s global communications director in September 2019, has been appointed Valentino’s first ever chief brand officer. Effective March 1, 2020, Vannetti will report to Valentino Chief Executive Stefano Sassi

Hudson’s Bay appoints president

Hudson’s Bay Company has appointed Iain Nairn president of Hudson’s Bay, effective January 12. Reporting to Hudson’s Bay Company Chief Executive Helena Foulkes, Nairn replaces Alison Coville, who exited the company in February 2019. He joins from Swedish stationer kikki.K, where he was chief executive. 

YNAP appoints Middle East CEO

Yoox Net-A-Porter has named Nisreen Shocair chief executive of its Middle East division. Shocair joins the company from Dubai-based home shopping channel HSE24. 

Zadig & Voltaire hires president

Zadig & Voltaire has appointed Rémy Baume president. Baume joins the company from Kidiliz Group, which makes childrenswear lines for Kenzo, Paul Smith and Levi’s, among other brands. He replaces Jean-Jacques Guével, who was named chief executive of Balmain in December 2019. 

Harper's Bazaar editor-in-chief steps down

Glenda Bailey has stepped down as editor-in-chief of Harper's Bazaar, after 19 years at the helm of the publication. She will stay on at Hearst as a global consultant for the magazine's international editions. A successor has not yet been named.

LOVE magazine names co-editor-in-chief

Ben Cobb has been appointed editor-in-chief (men) at LOVE magazine by Editor-in-Chief Katie Grand. Cobb joins the magazine from Another Man, where he stepped down as editor-in-chief in October after 10 years at the publication.

Totême taps CEO from McKinsey

Johanna Andersson has been named chief executive of Totême, a role previously held by Founder and Creative Director Elin Kling. Andersson joins the company from McKinsey & Company, where she co-led the Scandinavian apparel, fashion and luxury goods hub.

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