New CEO of American Lifestyle Brand J.McLaughlin

Mary Ellen Coyne has been named CEO of J.McLaughlin. In her role as CEO Mary Ellen will be responsible for leading the overall direction of J.McLaughlin and will oversee all aspects of strategy and operations including, merchandising, product development, marketing, brand development as well as continued retail and ecommerce growth. Kevin McLaughlin, Chief Creative Officer and co-founder of the brand will continue to oversee all product design reporting to Mary Ellen

The new CEO Mary Ellen CoyneMary Ellen joins J.McLaughlin after spending nineteen years at Ralph Lauren, having most recently served as the Chief Merchandising Officer of the POLO Women’s and Children’s divisions. Prior to her role at Ralph Lauren she held merchandising positions at Victoria’s Secret, The Gap and Ann Taylor and began her career in the Macy’s Training Program.

Commenting on her new role Mary Ellen said, “The spirit with which this brand was founded is incredibly relevant today. I see significant opportunities to build on the core product assortment and add new categories. I am thrilled to be joining the J.McLaughlin team and plan to leverage the strength of the brand to accelerate the company’s growth across all channels of distribution, by both increasing the current retail footprint and investing in the company’s direct marketing efforts.”

Founded in 1977 and headquartered in Brooklyn, NY, J.McLaughlin is a lifestyle brand rooted in the American traditions of sport, work and play. The brand designs proprietary apparel and accessories for women and men with an emphasis on impeccable craftsmanship and timeless style, with standout colors and a signature portfolio of prints. Currently, the company operates 109 retail locations along the Eastern seaboard, Florida, Midwest, Texas and California and has a rapidly growing e-commerce business through  The brand is known for its exemplary customer service and distinctive store environments. In November 2015, Brentwood Associates, a leading consumer-focused private equity investment firm, acquired a majority stake in J.McLaughlin.

Roger Goddu, a partner at Brentwood & Associates said of the appointment, “Mary Ellen is a proven merchant and also has extensive experience across various operating functions which makes her an ideal leader for the brand. She has a strong and successful track record as a fashion merchandising executive and her expertise will play a critical role developing and executing key merchandising strategies.”

Kevin McLaughlin, Chief Creative Officer and co-founder of the brand said, “Mary Ellen is a natural fit. In many ways she personifies the J.McLaughlin brand and embodies our core customer and values. This coupled with her considerable knowledge of the retail industry made her our first choice to lead J.McLaughlin into the next chapter of growth.”

J.McLaughlin was founded by two brothers, Kevin and Jay McLaughlin, in 1977. Their goal was to create a new American sportswear brand based in New York and built on several basic concepts: classic clothes with current relevance, sold in a friendly retail environment that has a neighborhood feel. With over 100 retail locations, J.McLaughlin occupies some of the most picturesque main-street real estate in America. True to the vision of the McLaughlin brothers, the stores have a warmly residential feel and exemplary customer service. “Being a good neighbor” is central to the brand’s approach to business, and J.McLaughlin values being a welcome and active member of each community in which it operates. The company also operates a fully responsive digital flagship at The company is headquartered in Brooklyn, New York.

Brentwood Associates is a leading consumer-focused private equity investment firm with over USD 1.4 billion of capital under management and a 30-year history of investing in leading middle-market growth companies. Brentwood focuses on investments in growing businesses where it is able to leverage its extensive experience in areas such as: specialty retail; branded consumer products; consumer services; direct marketing, including direct mail and e-commerce; education; health and wellness; and restaurants. Since 1984, Brentwood’s dedicated private equity team has invested in 50 portfolio companies with an aggregate transaction value of over USD 6 billion. With significant experience in both investing and brand building, Brentwood is a value-added partner with entrepreneurs and senior management teams building world-class companies.

Visteon appoints new Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Visteon Corporation, a global leader in vehicle cockpit electronics, announced on August 16, 2016 that Christian A. Garcia has been appointed Executive Vice President and CFO, Chief Financial Officer, effective Oct. 1, 2016. Reporting to President and CEO Sachin Lawande, he will lead all financial activities for Visteon, including accounting, treasury, tax, audit and investor relations. He also will oversee mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, and information technology

William R. Robertson, who has served as Visteon’s interim CFO since March 31, will continue with the company as vice president and corporate controller.

Garcia, 52, has more than 30 years of financial experience and has held a variety of leadership roles of increasing responsibility in the energy, software and consulting, and business equipment manufacturing industries. He recently was senior vice president, finance, and acting chief financial officer for Halliburton Company, a global provider of products and services to the energy industry.

“Christian is an accomplished and highly respected finance leader with broad global experience, and we are thrilled that he will be joining our senior leadership team,” Lawande said. “Christian’s track record of financial leadership and proven ability to drive growth at technology-focused companies aligns with our vision of global leadership in the fast-growing automotive electronics and software segment. I also want to thank Bill Robertson for his interim CFO leadership over the past several months and look forward to his ongoing contributions to the company.” 

VisteonGarcia said of his appointment:  “Visteon has significant technical, engineering, and growing software capabilities that will enable the company to capitalize on the industry shift toward the connected car. I am very excited to join Visteon and help drive the next phase of its growth.”

At Halliburton, Garcia progressed through leadership roles as senior director of corporate planning, vice president of operations finance, senior vice president of investor relations, treasurer, and chief accounting officer before being named acting CFO in 2015. He also held a series of senior financial positions with Landmark Graphics, a software and consulting provider that was acquired by Halliburton in 1996. Prior to joining Landmark Graphics, he worked at Bell and Howell and San Miguel Corp. in the Philippines in various roles.

Garcia has a bachelor’s degree in business economics from the University of the Philippines, and a master’s degree in management from Purdue University. 

Visteon is a global company that designs, engineers and manufactures innovative cockpit electronics products and connected car solutions for most of the world’s major vehicle manufacturers. Visteon is a leading provider of instrument clusters, head-up displays, information displays, infotainment, audio systems, and telematics solutions; its brands include Lightscape®, OpenAir® and SmartCore(TM). Visteon also supplies embedded multimedia and smartphone connectivity software solutions to the global automotive industry. Headquartered in Van Buren Township, Michigan, Visteon has nearly 11000 employees at more than 40 facilities in 18 countries. Visteon had sales of USD 3.25 billion in 2015.


KIDBOX has elected a new Chief Executive Officer

KIDBOX, the first kid’s style box to deliver cool brands, significant savings and a mission to clothe children in need, announced today the appointment of Miki Racine Berardelli as the Chief Executive Officer. Berardelli joins from Chico’s FAS, the multi-billion dollar retailer, where she was President of Digital Commerce and CMO. Prior to Chico’s FAS, she served as CMO of Tory Burch

Kidbox 1Launched in spring 2016, KIDBOX was created to provide parents with more time, while taking the hassle out of shopping and styling. KIDBOX, which recently closed a new round of funding, offers brand-name apparel at unbeatable prices, coupled with a personalized service designed for kids and their unique tastes. The brand enables parents and kids to start a conversation about giving back to the community. Through a partnership with K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers, KIDBOX will outfit a child in need for every KIDBOX purchased, supporting their mission to donate clothing to one million children in need throughout the United States. At KIDBOX, Berardelli will focus on customer acquisition and continue to develop the team, building an unparalleled company culture and pushing the business and brand forward.

“I am excited and honoured to join KIDBOX; as a mother, I feel a deep personal connection to the brand and its purpose,” Berardelli said. “Leading a start-up presents a new, exciting challenge and I am eager to learn everything about the business as it grows. The chance to build something meaningful is a very rare opportunity.”

Kidbox has a newly elected CEOBerardelli has more than 20 years of experience building successful businesses in the marketing and e-commerce industry, with skills that span a spectrum of customer-based strategies and marketing initiatives. As the CMO of Tory Burch, she engineered, built and led the digital e-commerce business and oversaw global marketing. Before joining Tory Burch in 2009, she spent eight years at Ralph Lauren where she served as the Senior Vice President of Marketing for digital and retail. She developed and led the multi-channel marketing strategy for their retail businesses, which included a sizable children’s brand. Berardelli also brings to KIDBOX her experience in the launch of Limited Too’s direct-to-consumer business from inception.

Berardelli served on the board of directors, most recently as Chairman, and currently serves as the Chairman of the CMO Council for the National Retail Federation. She is also on the board of Giggle Inc., a multi-channel baby products and lifestyle brand. She has been recognized by Women’s Wear Daily as one of the “Ten of Tomorrow.”

“We love Miki’s passion for the business and her proven track record in growing major e-commerce brands,” said KIDBOX cofounder Haim Dabah. “As a working mom, Miki understands how important it is to give busy parents more time. We know she will help us to reimagine the shop-at-home experience and continue to inspire us with her passion for leading a mission driven company.”

Berardelli is scheduled to officially start with the company in September 2016.

KIDBOX, a venture capital backed start-up that launched in 2016, is the first kid’s style box to use a machine-learning algorithm to deliver a personalized selection of quality brand-name apparel. Offering trustworthy brands that parents know at an average of USD 14-16 per item, Kidbox provides convenience and value with risk-free, complimentary at home try-ons. For every Kidbox purchased, Kikbox will donate an outfit through a partnership with K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers. Kidbox is headquartered in New York with a Tel Aviv-based tech and data science centre.

Board Members 2016 at Textile Exchange

Each summer, TE goes through an election process for Board and Advisory Council Members.

The Textile Exchange Board Members 2016For the Governance Board:  Paolo Foglia (ICEA), Mark Prose (Control Union), Shona Quinn (EILEEN FISHER), and Jerry Wheeler (ecoCentric) were all re-elected to serve another 3-year term.  We are also pleased to add Karla Magruder (Fabrikology) to the Board and move Ben Mead (Hohenstein) from Advisory Council to the Governance Board.

For the Advisory Council:  Sreeranga Rajan (Dibella), Alison Ward (CottonConnect) and Eric Wilmanns (Brown & Wilmanns) were all re-elected to serve another 3-year term.  We are also pleased to add Amy Williams (California College of the Arts), Subindu Garkhel (Fairtrade) and Pamela Ravasio (European Outdoor Group) to the Advisory Council.

For the TE Europe Board:  Ben Ramsden (Resonance), Heinrich Schultz (OrganiMark) and Tong Yeung (Mecilla) were all re-elected to serve another 3-year term.  We are also pleased to add Anna-Karin Dahlberg (Lindex), Bruno Van Steenberge (Glama), Arun Ambatipudi (Chetna Organic), Prama Bhardwaj (Mantis World) and Amit Shah (Spectrum) to the TE Europe Board.

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