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Power Moves | Swarovski Names Creative Director, Holt Renfrew Appoints President

This week, Swarovski announces its first global creative director, while Holt Renfrew taps Lane Crawford’s deputy president to lead the department store group.
Giovanna Battaglia Engelbert | Source: Courtesy
  • Rachel Deeley

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

Swarovski names creative director

Swarovski has appointed Giovanna Battaglia Engelbert its first ever global creative director, producing her first collection in the role for Spring/Summer 2021. Battaglia Engelbert, who has been with the company since 2016, previously oversaw creative direction of Swarovski’s B2B division. 

Lane Crawford’s Sebastian Picardo named president and CEO of Holt Renfrew

Canadian luxury department store Holt Renfrew has appointed Sebastian Picardo president and chief executive, effective June 1. Picardo, who was previously deputy president of Lane Crawford, replaces Mario Grauso, who is “planning to return to the United States... and will support the transition,” according to a company statement.

The Kooples announces new artistic director


Stylist and creative consultant Tom Van Dorpe has been named artistic director of The Kooples, following several additions to the brand's executive team since it was acquired by MF Brands Group in March 2019. 

Zalando proposes to add Rent the Runway founder to board
German e-tailer Zalando has proposed that Rent the Runway Chief Executive Jennifer Hyman joins its supervisory board, replacing tech entrepreneur Alexander Samwer.

Alexandra Shulman returns to fashion with Atterley appointment

Alexandra Shulman has been appointed strategic advisor of online fashion marketplace Atterley, her first return to the fashion industry since she stepped down as editor-in-chief of British Vogue in 2017. 

Nécessaire co-founder and creative lead exits

Nick Axelrod, co-founder of Nécessaire, has stepped down as chief creative officer but will stay on at the Millennial-friendly personal care brand in an advisory capacity.

Ted Baker names permanent CFO, creative director

Ted Baker has made David Wolffe permanent chief financial officer, after he assumed the role on an interim basis in January. He succeeds Rachel Osborne, who was recently made chief executive of the struggling retailer.

Ted Baker has also tapped Anthony Cuthbertson, formerly Topshop’s global design director, to serve as global creative director, a newly created role. Cuthbertson’s appointment will take effect later this year, while Michael Bastian stays on as interim creative director

L’Oréal appoints active cosmetics division lead

Myriam Cohen-Welgryn has been appointed to L’Oréal as president of its active cosmetics division, reporting to L’Oréal Group Deputy Chief Executive Nicolas Hieronimus. Cohen-Welgryn joins the company from food manufacturer Mars, where she was most recently regional president of its European pet nutrition division. She succeeds Brigitte Liberman, who is retiring at the end of 2020 after 34 years at the company. 

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