KI Board of Directors Appoints Veteran Executive Brian Krenke as CEO

KI’s board of directors is pleased to announce that Brian Krenke will be the company’s next CEO, effective May 1, 2019

Brian Krenke

Krenke will take over for Dick Resch, who has served as KI CEO since 1983 and is a 55-year veteran of the company. Resch will remain on the KI board of directors and assume the title of Executive Chairman and Chairman of the Board.

“I am honoured to take on the mantle as KI’s next CEO,” Krenke said. “Dick is a legend within the contract furniture industry, and I have been privileged to learn a great deal working alongside him for nearly three decades. I am excited about KI’s future and look forward to leading the company into a new era of growth.”

Krenke joined KI in 1991 as a sales engineer and has held various senior leadership roles at the company. He has served as the company’s president since 2010. As president, Krenke has overseen KI’s day-to-day operations, including sales, marketing, and product design and development. Krenke has also managed operations for KI subsidiary Pallas Textiles.

In his new role, Resch will manage KI’s domestic and international manufacturing operations, human resources and Pallas Textiles. He will also oversee KI affiliate SpaceSaver Corporation.

Under Resch’s leadership, KI grew from a modestly-sized maker of folding chairs and tables into a global manufacturer with nearly USD 700 million in annual sales and almost 3,000 employees. He has forged a decades-long legacy of philanthropy — and has made commitment to customers and community cornerstones of KI’s mission.

“As I enter the next phase of my career, I’m thrilled to hand the reins over to Brian,” Resch said. “His expertise and leadership will serve KI well, and I look forward to working with him and the board of directors in the years to come.”

KI manufactures innovative furniture and moveable wall system solutions for education, healthcare, government and corporate markets. The employee-owned company is headquartered in Green Bay, Wisc. and operates sales offices and manufacturing facilities in the United States, Canada, Latin America, Europe and Asia. KI tailors products and service solutions to the specific needs of each customer through its unique design and manufacturing philosophy.

INDOCHINO adds Key Executives from Microsoft and Essilor

INDOCHINO, the global leader in custom apparel, is laying the foundations for long term growth with two key leadership team additions. The company welcomes Alex Buhler as Chief Technology Officer and Vanessa Pillay as Vice President of Finance. The appointments, which closely follow the brand’s international debut, will play a significant role in INDOCHINO’s continued development as a global apparel brand.

“Building a world-class team is essential as we continue to disrupt the men’s apparel category. We are excited to welcome these incredibly talented leaders, Alex and Vanessa, into two critical business functions,” said Drew Green, President and CEO of INDOCHINO. “Their knowledge and expertise will help ensure we have an unrivalled framework in place for long-term sustained and profitable global growth.”

As CTO, Alex Buhler will be responsible for expanding the company’s omni-channel infrastructure, partnering closely across the management team. Alex brings more than 20 years of experience supporting high growth, data-driven companies. Previously, he was CTO at Clearly, part of the Essilor Group, the world leader in ophthalmic optics, and CIO of Mountain Equipment Co-op.

Vanessa Pillay has over 15 years of experience in the financial and technology sectors, most recently leading the finance team at Microsoft South Africa. As VP Finance for INDOCHINO reporting to CFO Morgan Whitney, Vanessa will lead the finance team, working across the organization to optimize the financial profile of the business.

INDOCHINO has been on a strong growth trajectory since it first expanded from a digitally native brand into an omni-channel retailer in 2015. To-date, the company has opened 45 showrooms in the US and Canada, with up to 15 more planned for 2019. Most recently, INDOCHINO added Australia to its international footprint, the first country outside of North America it has officially invested in. Initially launching online, this move paves the way for Australian brick-and-mortar expansion in the future, along with further international expansion.

In addition, INDOCHINO recently extended its range of custom products beyond formalwear to include options such as chinos and casual shirts.

“We’re an unapologetically ambitious brand inspiring how a generation of men build their wardrobe,” Drew Green continued. “We truly believe that we have the formula for making sure clothing fits and looks great for every customer and we’re excited to bring this premium experience to shoppers all over the world.

As the global leader in made to measure apparel, INDOCHINO has developed the shopping experience of the future. Born out of the belief that you don’t need to spend a fortune on a custom wardrobe, INDOCHINO was the first company to disrupt the retail sector by making perfect fitting, personalized apparel on a mass scale.

Customers take on the role of designer, picking out every detail of their suits and shirts to make them truly one-of-a-kind. These garments are made to their precise measurements and are shipped directly to their door, hassle free. The company’s omnichannel approach allows them to shop online or in person at any INDOCHINO showroom.

Mattel Appoints Jamie Cygielman to Lead American Girl®

Mattel, Inc. (Nasdaq: MAT) announced on May 7, 2019 the appointment of Jamie Cygielman, veteran marketing executive and former Chief Marketing Officer of Iconix Brand Group, as Senior Vice President and General Manager of American Girl. Ms. Cygielman will lead the award-winning American Girl brand across its global consumer base through toys, content and experiences and she will be responsible for brand and product strategy. Ms. Cygielman will report to Richard Dickson, Mattel’s President and Chief Operating Officer

Jamie Cygielman

“Jamie is a brilliant marketer and an outstanding leader who has developed, managed and grown well-known, global consumer businesses in fashion, beauty, entertainment and toys,” said Mr. Dickson. “Jamie has deep customer insight, a strong track record of driving effective business turnarounds, and deep expertise in experiential marketing, all of which make her uniquely suited to recapture the momentum and maximize the full potential of American Girl as we continue to transform Mattel into an IP-driven, high-performing toy company.”

Richard Dickson, Mattel’s President and Chief Operating Officer

“American Girl is a beloved brand whose legacy of inspiring girls to develop a strong sense of character through creative play and imagination is more relevant than ever,” said Ms. Cygielman. “I look forward to partnering with Richard and the entire team to unlock the full potential of this storied brand.”

Ms. Cygielman brings 30 years of experience leading innovation, marketing and business development for iconic brands including Revlon®, The Radio City Rockettes®, Jones New York©, Thomas & Friends® and Barbie®. In her most recent role as Chief Marketing Officer for Iconix Brand Group’s portfolio of fashion and lifestyle brands, Jamie drove industry-leading marketing campaigns, while leading the digital transformation for the organization. Prior to that, Ms. Cygielman was the General Manager of Madame Alexander®, where she successfully led the turnaround effort to reclaim the doll brand’s premium position, cultural relevance and profitability.

Before this, Ms. Cygielman held senior level marketing and business development positions at The Jones Group, Inc. as well as Madison Square Garden, Inc. and Radio City Music Hall®, where she developed long-term strategies and re-launched heritage brands to new audiences. Earlier in her career, as General Manager at HIT Entertainment, Ltd., Ms. Cygielman led Thomas & Friends™ to the status as the #1 pre-school brand, through content-led tentpole programmes, retail expansion and experiential partnerships. Prior to this, Ms. Cygielman served as Global Vice President of Marketing for Barbie.

Ms. Cygielman received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan and an MBA from the Stern School of Business at New York University.

American Girl is a premium brand for girls and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Mattel, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAT, ), a creations company that inspires the wonder of childhood. Headquartered in Middleton, WI, American Girl offers an inspiring world of dolls, content, and experiences that nourish a girl’s spirit and help develop her strength of character. Best-selling lines include Truly Me™, Girl of the Year™, Bitty Baby™, WellieWishers™, and American Girl’s classic historical characters. The company sells products through its award-winning catalogue, on, in its proprietary U.S. experiential retail stores, as well as at specialty retailers nationwide. By inspiring girls to be their best, American Girl has earned the loyalty of millions and the praise and trust of parents and educators.

Mattel is a leading global children’s entertainment company that specializes in design and production of quality toys and consumer products. We create innovative products and experiences that inspire, entertain and develop children through play. We engage consumers through our portfolio of iconic franchises, including Barbie®, Hot Wheels®, American Girl®, Fisher-Price®, Thomas & Friends® and MEGA®, as well as other popular brands that we own or license in partnership with global entertainment companies. Our offerings include film and television content, gaming, music and live events. We operate in 40 locations and sell products in more than 150 countries in collaboration with the world’s leading retail and technology companies. Since its founding in 1945, Mattel is proud to be a trusted partner in exploring the wonder of childhood and empowering kids to reach their full potential.

CIO names Ann Joyce to CIO Hall Of Fame

Honorees to be Inducted at The CIO 100 Symposium and Awards

Chico’s FAS, Inc. (NYSE: CHS) proudly announces Ann Joyce, EVP & Chief Customer Officer, Technology, Supply Chain & Omni Operations, is a 2019 inductee into the CIO Hall of Fame from IDG’s CIO. This prestigious honor is bestowed upon a select group of outstanding IT executives and visionaries who have had a significant impact on the IT profession. Ms. Joyce will accept her award at the CIO Hall of Fame awards ceremony to be held on August 21, 2019 at The Broadmoor Resort in Colorado Springs, Colorado, during the CIO 100 Symposium

Ann Joyce, EVP & Chief Customer Officer, Technology, Supply Chain & Omni Operations of Chico’s FAS

“Ann’s 30 years of experience enabling businesses to succeed through technology has enabled Chico’s FAS to establish a premier omnichannel platform with innovative technologies that support our customer relationships and competitive position,” said Bonnie Brooks, Interim President and CEO of Chico’s FAS. “This award acknowledges the tremendous contributions she has made as a strategic business technologist to our company and the apparel industry. We congratulate Ann on this well-deserved honour.”

At Chico’s FAS, Ms. Joyce has launched numerous initiatives that leverage technology and innovation to modernize, digitize and personalize the customer experience across all Chico’s FAS brands. She has helped position the Company for omnichannel success by working to strengthen and expand Chico’s FAS’s digital capabilities to seamlessly deliver its Most Amazing Personal Service to customers, no matter where or how they shop. Chico’s FAS is executing on this vision through initiatives like shared inventory, virtual stylists, ship from store, and STYLECONNECTSM, an enhanced platform that provides digitized clienteling tools, such as curated or personalized lookbooks, social selling and others.

“For more than 20 years, our CIO Hall of Fame has honoured the profound business impact and technology vision of the most accomplished Chief Information Officers working today,” said Maryfran Johnson, IDG’s Executive Director of CIO Programs. “We are delighted this year to induct another 20 world-class IT leaders whose career accomplishments across multiple industries underscore the vital, influential role CIOs play in shaping our digital future.”

Ms. Joyce joined Chico’s FAS in 2015, following a career spanning multiple functions within the apparel industry, including retail, wholesale, licensing, manufacturing and international environments.

Prior to Chico’s FAS, Ms. Joyce served as Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Aeropostale, Inc. During her 12-year tenure, Aeropostale was recognized as a Top Innovator by Apparel Magazine and helped lead the industry in mobile payments. Prior to Aeropostale, Ms. Joyce held various positions including serving as Vice President of Global Applications at Polo Ralph Lauren from 1996 until 2002. Earlier in her career, Ms. Joyce held leadership positions in the area of technology at Leslie Faye and Garan, Inc.

The Company, through its brands – Chico’s, White House Black Market, Soma and TellTale™ is a leading omnichannel specialty retailer of women’s private branded, sophisticated, casual-to-dressy clothing, intimates and complementary accessories.

As of February 2, 2019, the Company operated 1418 stores in the U.S. and Canada and sold merchandise through 83 international franchise locations in Mexico. The Company’s merchandise is also available at,,, and as well as through third party channels.

CIO focuses on attracting the highest concentration of enterprise CIOs and business technology executives with unparalleled peer insight and expertise on business strategy, innovation, and leadership. As organizations grow with digital transformation, CIO provides its readers with key insights on career development, including certifications, hiring practices and skills development. The award-winning CIO portfolio —, CIO Events, CIO Strategic Marketing Services, CIO Forum on LinkedIn, CIO Executive Council and CIO primary research — provides business technology leaders with analysis and insight on information technology trends and a keen understanding of IT’s role in achieving business goals.

Joules appoints Asda commercial director as new CEO

  • Joules hires Nick Jones as new CEO
  • Jones joins from Asda where he served as commercial director
  •  Jones has worked at both M&S and Asda for a total of 25 years

Joules has poached the commercial director of Asda, Nick Jones, to take on the role of chief executive.

Caption by courtesy of Retail Gazette
Nick Jones (caption ASDA)

The news comes after Joules’ announcement last month that its chief executive of eight years, Colin Porter, had filed a notice of his intention to retire from the business before the end of its 2019/20 financial year.

Jones joins Joules after working at Marks & Spencer and Asda for a total of 25 years.

Jones will Joules before the end of 2019 and, following a short handover period, Porter will then step down.

While at Asda, Jones was responsible for the performance of the Big 4 grocer’s trading divisions across food, general merchandise and clothing arm George.

He joined M&S’ graduate scheme in 1995 and was responsible for buying & merchandising, sourcing and investor relations, before serving as the company’s home directorfor 15 years.

“On behalf of the Board and everyone at Joules, I am thrilled to welcome Nick as our next chief executive,” Joules non-executive Chairman Ian Filby said.

“Nick’s extensive retail, brand and strategy credentials, as well as a clear alignment with the Joules values, made him the outstanding candidate for the role.”

Jones said: “Whilst the business and brand has achieved fantastic growth over recent years, I share the board’s view that there are tremendous growth opportunities ahead, driven, in particular, by further international expansion and online growth.”

Joules has presence in the UK, the US, Germany and France among others.

The fashion retailer currently operates from 123 stores in the UK and Republic of Ireland across a range of location types, as well as from its online business.

Canada Goose promotes Ana Mihaljevic to Chief Commercial Officer

Rick Wood

Rick Wood transitions into Executive Advisory Role

Canada Goose (NYSE: GOOS, TSX: GOOS) announced on May 8, 2019, the promotion of Ana Mihaljevic to Chief Commercial Officer. In her new role, Ana will oversee the company’s global commercial business including sales planning and operations, with a strong focus on driving continued growth in wholesale and direct to consumer channels, as well as international expansion. Rick Wood, who previously served as Chief Commercial Officer, will move into a new role, serving as Executive Advisor on key strategic projects.

Ana Mihaljevic

Bringing more than a decade of experience in luxury apparel from working with leading global brands including Marc Jacobs, Ralph Lauren, and Jones Apparel, Ana joined Canada Goose in 2015 and most recently served as Senior Vice President, Planning and Sales Operations. With a passion for building dynamic teams and driving exceptional results, she built the planning team from the ground up and significantly optimized operations during the company’s evolution from a manufacturer into a leading global retailer.

“We have come a long way in a short time, but I think our journey has just begun. The opportunities for this company are endless and I’m thrilled to be leading the team that is chasing them down and executing with excellence,” said Mihaljevic.

In his new position, Rick will advise on several strategic commercial endeavors including working closely with Baffin Limited, a business the company recently acquired. Rick has over 20 years of experience in the retail, apparel and footwear industries working for global brands including The North Face, Vans and Timberland.

“Ana is a passionate leader with an intuitive entrepreneurial spirit and an ability to execute flawlessly in a high-growth and always-evolving organization. This promotion reflects her success in rising to the challenge of leading our continued global growth as we build this brand into an enduring legacy,” said Dani Reiss, President & CEO, Canada Goose. “I am grateful for all of Rick’s accomplishments over the last two years, most notably in completing his mandate to bring together our commercial processes into a single, collaborative and dynamic function. I am very excited to work with him in this new capacity.”

Founded in a small warehouse in Toronto, Canada in 1957, Canada Goose has grown into one of the world’s leading makers of performance luxury apparel. Every collection is informed by the rugged demands of the Arctic and inspired by relentless innovation and uncompromised craftsmanship. From Antarctic research facilities and the Canadian High Arctic, to the streets of New York, London, Milan, Paris, and Tokyo, people are proud to wear Canada Goose products. Employing more than 3,800 people worldwide, Canada Goose is a recognized leader for its Made in Canada commitment, and is a long-time partner of Polar Bears International.  

Peter Edelmann is new Chairman of Semperit Supervisory Board

Dr Stefan Fida Deputy of the Supervisory Board of Semperot
Birgit Noggler Member of the Semperit Supervisory Board
Patrick Prügger Member of the Semperit Supervisory Board

Peter Edelmann, Birgit Noggler and Patrick Prügger were newly elected to the Supervisory Board at the 130th Annual General Meeting of Semperit AG Holding.

Peter Edelmann Chairman of the Semperit Supervisory Board

Resolutions were also taken on all other items on the agenda in accordance with the present draft resolutions.

At the constituent meeting of the Supervisory Board, which took place following the Annual General Meeting, Peter Edelmann was elected as the successor of Christoph Kollatz as Chairman of the Supervisory Board. Stefan Fida remains Deputy Chairman of the Supervisory Board. Birgit Noggler takes over the chairmanship of the Audit Committee of Semperit AG Holding.