Grandson of founder becomes member of VEIT Group Top Management
After more than three successful years at VEIT Zhejiang Co. Ltd., Christopher Veit is now at his father Guenter Veit’s side in leading the machine manufacturer with its international operations.
From 2012 to 2015, Christopher Veit was managing the group’s Chinese subsidiary. Within VEIT Group, he is now in charge of global manufacturing, research and development and human resources.
Becoming part of the company’s top management at headquarters is a logical consequence of Christopher Veit’s achievements in China, and, at the same time, an essential HR decision for the future development of VEIT Group. As Vice President, Christopher Veit shares his father’s goals and values. The importance of keeping their business in Germany is undisputed among them. They both strive to strengthen the company’s headquarter by further investments and are committed to their role as an attractive employer within the region, now and in the future.
The new Vice President is currently focusing on updating the corporate planning process as well as the VEIT Vision. Additionally, core production processes in Landsberg, Germany and the future product portfolio are at the centre of his attention. „In order to responsibly manage a modern business, we need a strategy to implement sustainability from three perspectives: economically, socially and ecologically“, emphasizes Christopher Veit. „In the past years we have been able to set an important stimulus with our eco-friendly, ergonomic machines. This is a path we want to continue. We endeavour to set new standards in quality and technology and to strengthen our market leadership.“
One example that underlines these quality claims is the latest fusing machine series. Fifteen years ago, VEIT Group acquired the Kannegiesser fusing technology division and has been continuously refining this machine type ever since. The most recent machine generation FX Diamond unites tried-and-tested technology with state-of- the-art variability, intelligent communication and control functions developed by VEIT. „Our focus is on our customers‘ requirements. We are dedicated to improving the performance, application quality, sustainability and industry 4.0 readiness of our machines“, Christopher Veit explains the company’s R&D goals for the years to come. Guenter Veit supports this statement: “My son and I have divided our responsibilities between us in order to jointly continue on course to a successful future.“
For almost 60 years, VEIT Group’s products for finishing garments and fabrics have been the epitome of outstanding quality and highest productivity. This is why garment manufacturers as well as garment refinishers, logistics companies and customers from the automotive industry in more than 100 countries rely on VEIT technology. With numerous subsidiaries and an excellent distributor network around the world, VEIT Group continues to grow globally.
New CEO at Swedish clothier KappAhl as of December 2015
Danny Feltmann Espersen (47) has been appointed new President and CEO of KappAhl. Danny Feltmann Espersen has extensive experience from senior positions in the fashion and retail industry, amongst others from H&M. He will assume his new position on December 2015
“I am very pleased that we have recruited an experienced and qualified person as Danny Feltmann Espersen to KappAhl. With his Nordic perspective and the results he has achieved during his career he has what it takes to successfully lead and develop KappAhl”, says Chairman of the Board Anders Bülow.
Danny Feltmann Espersen holds a BSc in Economics & Business Administration and an MSc in Finance & Accounting from the University of Aarhus. He has worked over seventeen years in several roles within H&M, including as a member of the group executive board with responsibility for logistics and the expansion of e-commerce. He has also worked as member of the group executive board at Bang & Olufsen with responsibility for global sales and marketing. In the past three years he has worked with private equity-controlled companies, amongst others as president and co-owner of skin care company Karmameju and with Joe & the Juice.
“I am looking forward to coming back to the fashion industry as the leader of KappAhl. KappAhl is a very interesting company with a long and strong history, and therefore feels like the right company for me to contribute to the development and results”, says new President and CEO Danny Feltmann Espersen. “I find KappAhl’s strong commitment to sustainable fashion especially exciting since it is a subject of importance also for me.”
Sears Canada selects President and Chief Merchant
Sears Canada Inc. announced on November 3, 2015 the appointment of Carrie Kirkman as President and Chief Merchant
Carrie Kirkman’s distinguished career and proven track record in Canadian retail, and her unwavering commitment to excellence, will add significant depth to the Sears Canada leadership team and will enable Sears Canada to accelerate the positive momentum in the business. A broad segment of Main Street Canadian consumers are underserved and nostalgic for Sears Canada and its heritage brands like the Wish Book to return to the forefront of Canadian retail and outfit their lives with the products and brands they love. Her addition to the Sears Canada management team will bring revitalized discipline and focus to the company’s ability to connect with these consumers and give them an exceptional shopping experience.
Forging a differentiated management structure that maximizes collaboration and entrepreneurial speed of execution, Executive Chairman Brandon G. Stranzl selected Kirkman to capitalize on her results-driven approach and extraordinary skills as a merchant. With Kirkman’s merchandising expertise and Mr. Stranzl’s experience in capital allocation, balance sheet management, and operating turnarounds, together they are excited to re-focus Sears Canada on its core business units with a sustained focus on the customer experience across multiple channels, media, and brands – from in-store, to mobile, to online, to social media, to iconic heritage brands like the Wish Book.
“We are very proud to welcome Carrie Kirkman to Sears Canada as President and Chief Merchant. She has exceptional experience connecting with the Canadian consumer, and an esteemed history as a key player in driving successful merchandising, marketing, and business strategies for department stores and consumer brands across the country,” said Stranzl. “The decision to bring Carrie to Sears Canada was the result of careful deliberation by both myself and the Board of Directors. Our vision is to reinstate Sears Canada as an iconic lifestyle brand, and in order to accomplish that, we looked for a leader with experience in apparel and department stores, and also with Canadian roots – we wanted someone who could inspire trust and confidence in Canada for our iconic brand. When we met Carrie, we quickly realized that we had found a gem. We created the President and Chief Merchant role to enable the management team to refine and enhance the customer experience and restore Sears Canada’s core retail business to a position of envy in the Canadian retail landscape, while maintaining a disciplined approach to capital allocation and profitability. Carrie is well-positioned to enable Sears Canada to achieve these goals. She is well respected by her peers and has the skills required to connect with the consumer in a way that builds loyalty and inspires confidence.”
Kirkman most recently held the position of Interim President, Nine West Canada and was President, Jones Apparel Group, Canada from October 2010 to April 2015, where she demonstrated her ability to drive success. Despite global challenges with the Jones Group, the Canadian arm was a growing and profitable business under her leadership. Her extensive experience in the Canadian apparel industry also includes senior roles with Hudson’s Bay Company (2002-2010), and with Liz Claiborne Canada (1997-2002), where she managed brands such as DKNY, Dana Buchman,
Liz Claiborne and Kenneth Cole. Kirkman began her career in a wholesale sales agency where the company represented Alfred Sung and Ports International.
“Through both my personal and work experience, I have known Sears Canada as a trusted brand that made high quality merchandise, brands, and service available to Main Street Canadian consumers,” said Ms. Kirkman. “This is an incredible opportunity to work with one of our country’s best-known retailers, and I look forward to working with Brandon and the executive management team to accelerate the company’s strategy, and to meeting our nearly 20,000 associates across the country.”
In addition, Ms. Kirkman is an active member of the Board of Directors for G(irls)20, a non-profit that aims to mobilise girls and young women for economic advancement locally and worldwide. She is a Vice President of the Board of Directors for The Canadian Club of Toronto, a member of the Humber College (Toronto) Program Advisory for the Bachelor of Commerce Fashion Management Program, and an Independent Director of the Board for Whitehouse Design Company, a Burnaby-based apparel design and manufacturing company.
Kirkman has been profiled in top Canadian publications and Women of Influence for her career and professional style advice. She has been on the nominating committee of the Canadian Arts and Fashion Awards, featured on CBC and Sirius radio, and spoken globally on the role of women in leadership. She lives in Toronto with her husband and son.
Sears Canada is a multi-channel retailer with a network that includes 166 corporate stores, 177 Hometown stores, over 1200 catalogue and online merchandise pick-up locations, 84 Sears Travel offices and a nationwide repair and service network. The Company also publishes Canada’s most extensive general merchandise catalogue and offers shopping online.