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Power Moves | Robin Givhan Appointed As The Washington Post's Senior Critic at Large, Fenty Fashion Names New Managing Director

This week, renowned journalist Robin Givhan expands her role at The Washington Post, while Bastien Renard joined Rihanna's LVMH-owned Fenty brand as its new managing director.
Robin Givhan | Source: Getty Images
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  • Aminah Khan

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

The Washington Post announces new senior critic at large

Robin Givhan, a renowned fashion critic at The Washington Post, has been promoted to senior critic-at-large, effective immediately. Givhan has also worked for Vogue, The Daily Beast and the Detroit Free Press and was awarded the  Pulitzer Prize for Criticism in 2006. In her new role, Givhan will cover various topics, including politics, race, business and the arts. She will also write a weekly column. Givhan will report to Krissah Thompson, managing editor for diversity and inclusion at The Washington Post.

Fenty Fashion appoints new managing director

Bastien Renard, who has spent 19 years at Nike and most recently served as vice president and general manager, has joined the LVMH-owned Fenty as its new managing director.  Renard, who was also previously the vice president of global footwear at Converse, will report to Jean Baptiste Voisin, chief strategy officer at LVMH.

Condé Nast international president and chief operating officer departs

Wolfgang Blau, Condé Nast's international president and chief operating officer, is stepping down to begin a fellowship at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at Oxford University in October. He will continue to serve in an advisory capacity as he transitions out of the publishing company.

Vogue.com names new editor 

Chioma Nnadi, who most recently served as Vogue.com's fashion news director, has been appointed editor of Vogue.com, effective immediately. Nnadi, who spent the last 10 years at the Condé Nast fashion title after stints at The Fader, Trace and the Evening Standard Magazine, replaces Stuart Emmrich and will oversee all of Vogue's digital content.

Hugo Boss head of corporate communications departs

Dr. Hjördis Kettenbach, the head of corporate communications Hugo Boss, is set to exit at the end of September after 20 years at the company. She will be replaced by Carolin Westermann, effective October 1. Westermann will report to Christian Stöhr, head of investor relations at Hugo Boss. 

Saks appoints new vice president of diversity and inclusion 

Lori Spicer Robertson, who most recently served as chief communications and engagement officer at the Memphis-based non-profit United Way of the Mid South, has been named the first vice president of diversity and inclusion at Saks Fifth Avenue, effective immediately. Robertson will report to Sarah Garber, chief people officer at Saks. 

Repossi CEO exits 

Benjamin Comar, a former Chanel executive who joined Repossi in 2017, has left the LVMH-owned Italian jewellery house. Comar helped lead the global expansion of Repossi with store openings in Hong Kong, London and Dubai. A successor is yet to be named. 

Roberto Cavalli CEO departs 

Gian Giacomo Ferraris, who took up the role of CEO at Roberto Cavalli back in 2016, is set to leave the fashion house at the end of the year. A successor is yet to be announced. 

Andie Swim appoints vice president of design 

Michelle Copelman, who most recently served as vice president of design at Outdoor Voices, has been appointed to a similar role at the swimwear e-commerce platform Andie Swim, effective immediately. Copelman previously worked as designer of accessories and footwear at J. Crew and as design director at Victoria’s Secret. 

Hilco Merchant Resources names new executive vice president of retail business development

Charles M. Jayson, who has previously held management roles at the likes of Tommy Hilfiger, Oscar by Oscar de la Renta and Calvin Klein Jeans, has joined Hilco Merchant Resources as executive vice president of retail business development. In his new role, Jayson will oversee the development and structuring of transactions with retailers and consumer product companies. He will also advise Hilco Global clients on product development, merchandising, supply chain, global distribution and licensing programmes.

Mira Beauty hires new chief product officer, CMO

Arundhati Sampath, who previously worked for several tech giants, including Facebook, Amazon and Microsoft, has been named chief product officer at Mira Beauty — a  collaborative library for makeup and skincare products. In her new role, Sampath will oversee the company’s product division. Meanwhile, Benjamin Lord, who most recently served as the executive director of global omnichannel marketing, CRM and loyalty at Nars Cosmetics, has been named Mira's first chief marketing officer. 

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