New Paco Rabanne Designer

As we know, Indian designer Manish Arora is leaving Paco Rabanne and now Studio-Design Head Lydia Maurer will become the new Art Director of the “Ready-To-Wear” women’s line of Paco Rabanne. Before this she held similar positions with Givenchy and Yves Saint Laurent. She represents an amalgam of sexy Latino and severe German restraint and demonstrates a true architectural approach to construction. She will present her first collection at the Paris Fashion Week in coming October. She will probably be more classical than her predecessor Manish Arora, his creations appealed to stars like Lady Gaga. She declared her philosophy “in that the “Paco Rabanne” woman loves to go out and is a worldly woman, she probably will not come to Paco Rabanne to buy her office clothes, but – without denying artists such as Lady Gaga – we would like to attract women who do not want to be living sculptures!”


J.C. Penney hires new management talents

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Reinventing retailing is the motto of American J.C. Penney and to reach this aim the company is promoting talents within the company and hiring from outside

The newest additions are across the Home and Men’s Division under Chief Merchant Liz Sweney.

John Tighe, Senior Vice president and former general merchandise manager of the jcp Home Division will become general merchandise manager of the Men’s Division and he should enhance powerful, relevant brands and bolstering private and national brands to create a new level of stile into the menswear assortment. Tighe joint the company in 2002 as a senior buyer and held a variety of positions of increasing responsibility; before he was 12 years with May Department Stores and two years with Meier and Frank.

A promotion for Paul Rutenis – since April 2011 with the company – to Senior Vice President and general merchandise manager of jcp Home Division thus successor of John Tighe.

Preston Moxcey (formerly 11 years with Nordstrom and lastly in the position of national merchandise manager for men’s furnishings and accessories) becomes new divisional merchandise manager for men’s clothing and accessories to arrive at best-in-class menswear assortment with the Men’s team. He will directly report to John Tighe.

In operational functions we see Bob Peterson (formerly 20 years with Piper Jaffray) newly elected Senior Vice President, operational strategy and responsible for evaluating key business opportunities and strategic alliances.

Thorsten Weber was promoted to Senior Vice President mechandising planning and allocation and since 2002 with the company.

Vaneet Grover is new Senior Vice President of procurement and a specialist of global sourcing and supply chain optimisation, he was before Senior Vice President of supply chain for Tandy Brands and held similar positions at Abercrombie & Fitch, Gap, Agilent Technologies and Boeing.

Also investor relations with Kristin Hays, Senior Vice President Communications is stocked up with Eric Cerny as Vice President Investor Relations. He formerly worked with Macy’s Home Depot and Abercrombie & Fitch in broad range of positions, including financial planning, merchandise planning, public relations and human resources and his last job was investor relations at Abercrombie Fitch over four years.

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