Ralph Lauren hires Vice Media executive to head new marketing role
Ralph Lauren Corp named a Vice Media executive to the newly created role of chief marketing officer and hired Tom Ford International’s chief operating officer as a brand president, weeks after the surprise resignation of CEO Stefan Larsson.
Jonathan Bottomley, most recently the chief strategy officer at Vice Media’s in-house advertising agency, Virtue Worldwide, will take charge effective April 3.
Vice Media, a Canadian-American digital media and broadcasting company, is a youth-focused digital media company known for its “immersive journalism”.
Tom Mendenhall will assume the role of brand president for Men’s Polo, Purple Label and Double RL from March 29, the company said on February 16, 2017.
The appointments are part of the “Way Forward” plan, which was introduced by Larsson in June last year to strengthen the leadership team and refocus on the company’s core brands.
Larsson stepped down on February 2, 2017, following differences with founder Ralph Lauren over the direction of the luxury brand.
New Chairperson for the BCI Council
BCI, the Better Cotton Initiative, announced that Barry Clarke has been unanimously elected new Chairperson of the Better Cotton Initiative Council. Barry, an independent Member who was vice Chair of the BCI Council, succeeds Susi Proudman, Vice President of Global Apparel and Equipment Materials at Nike. Susi has stepped down to concentrate her efforts on a new role at Nike.
Barry Clarke has specialized in strategic planning for multi-stakeholder sustainability initiatives including the Sustainable Agriculture Network and the ISEAL Alliance. He currently serves on the Board of the Alliance for Water Stewardship and was previously Chair of Save the Children UK and the International Save the Children Alliance.
The BCI Council is elected by BCI members and is responsible for ensuring the organisation has a clear strategic direction and policy to fulfil its mission of making global cotton production better for the people who produce it, better for the environment it grows in, and better for the sector’s future. Council Members are organisations representing the four membership categories (Retailers and Brands, Suppliers and Manufacturers, Civil Society and Producer Organisations), supplemented by up to three additional independent members.
Newly elected Chairperson of the BCI Council, Barry Clarke, said, “I am honoured to have been elected by the Council to serve as Chair of BCI. I’d like to thank Susi Proudman for all her hard work and look forward to building on the successes we have already achieved. It is an exciting time BCI as we are in a period of rapid expansion to mainstream cotton production. I look forward to collaborating with my Council members, BCI staff, and our partners to ensure that BCI supports and facilitates the development of cotton farmers globally.”
Additional moves on the BCI Council include Phil Townsend of Marks & Spencer who has been unanimously elected vice Chair, and Michelle Miracle, Senior Director, Global Apparel at Nike taking a position on the Council.
Phil Townsend is responsible for developing specialist knowledge for sourcing sustainable raw materials within M&S. With over 20 years’ experience at M&S, he works with the Plan A team, leading the development and implementation of the key raw material strategies. He also works to develop sustainable supply chains from farm to store – including traceability, dye-house efficiencies and compliance, and creating innovative and sustainable products.
Mattress firm hires new CMO
Mattress Firm, the nation’s largest specialty bedding retailer, today announced that Sicily Dickenson has been hired as the Company’s chief marketing officer (CMO).
“We are thrilled to have Sicily join our team as we move into the next chapter of our story,” said Ken Murphy, president and chief executive officer of Mattress Firm. “Her extensive business expertise and marketing leadership will help us refine our marketing approach to create smarter consumer connections and fulfil our mission to help our customers get a better night’s sleep.”
Dickenson brings more than 13 years of experience in digital marketing, marketing communications, creative services and brand marketing. Prior to joining Mattress Firm, Dickenson was the CMO and senior vice president of marketing and customer experience for NRG Energy, Inc., where she developed and maintained a brand strategy for the NRG portfolio of brands. Before that she served in a number of marketing leadership positions for Reliant Energy.
Dickenson will lead the marketing teams at Mattress Firm with a focus on building a differentiated brand through customer-centric initiatives that create a meaningful connection with people and bring the best night’s sleep possible to Mattress Firm customers.
“Mattress Firm’s commitment to excellence is powerful and I am energized to bolster existing marketing efforts through additional touchpoints that allow us to connect with our customers,” said Dickenson. “The industry is experiencing unprecedented levels of innovation and growth, and we are thrilled be part of it.”
“The growth and development of our leadership team is indicative of the momentum our company is experiencing,” said Murphy. “Sicily is the right person to advance our marketing efforts as we continue to meet the needs of our customers in an age when they are more engaged and connected than ever before.”
With more than 3600 company-operated and franchised stores across 49 states, Mattress Firm has the largest geographic footprint in the United States among multi-brand mattress retailers. Founded in 1986, Houston-based Mattress Firm is the nation’s first border-to-border, coast-to-coast specialty bedding retailer with over USD 3.5 billion in pro forma sales in the last twelve months. In 2016, Mattress Firm was acquired by Steinhoff International Holdings. The company, through its brands including Mattress Firm, Sleepy’s and Sleep Train, offers a broad selection of both traditional and specialty mattresses, bedding accessories and other related products from leading manufacturers, including Sealy, Tempur-Pedic, Serta, Simmons, Stearns & Foster, and Hampton & Rhodes. Mattress Firm guarantees price, comfort and service with the ultimate goal of ensuring that customers Save Money. Sleep Happy™.
Mattress Firm was named Furniture Today’s “Top Bedding Retailer” in 2013 and a “Top Workplace” by the Houston Chronicle in 2011, 2012 and 2013.
Mr. Mimaki Marketing EMEA will depart at end of February 2017
Mike Horsten, General Manager Marketing Mimaki EMEA, will be departing the company effective at the end of February 2017 to continue his career at a different company. Mike has served in this role for almost five years, and he will be missed. He has done a terrific job in helping us raise Mimaki’s profile in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, as well as helping us shape and position our market-leading portfolio of printing and cutting systems.
To ensure a seamless transition and while the company is seeking a replacement, Mimaki has appointed the following marketing staff to carry on the work of the Mimaki Europe marketing efforts: Ms. Marjan van Zalen and Mr. Ivan Lesmana.
There was no comment made on why Horsten departs so suddenly.
Peter Huntsman appointed to Executive Committee and Board of ACC
Huntsman Corporation has joined the American Chemistry Council (ACC), and President and CEO Peter Huntsman has been appointed to ACC’s Executive Committee and Board of Directors. ACC is the chemical industry’s leading advocacy organisation
As a global leader developing some of the world’s most innovative products, Huntsman’s membership in the ACC is consistent with the company’s values, including stakeholder engagement, sustainability, sound science and technology leadership.
Peter Huntsman said, “We are enthusiastic about joining the ACC and look forward to working with them to address many of the challenges facing our industry. Under the leadership of ACC President & CEO Cal Dooley, the organization has a proven track record of success and has been an effective industry advocate for the critical role we play in the lives of people around the world.”
Cal Dooley added, “Huntsman Corporation is an iconic American company and we are thrilled to welcome them to the ACC family. ACC has achieved great success and I look forward to working alongside Peter and his team as we build on our momentum in 2017 and beyond.”
Huntsman Corporation is a publicly traded global manufacturer and marketer of differentiated chemicals with 2015 revenues of more than USD 10 billion. Our chemical products number in the thousands and are sold worldwide to manufacturers serving a broad and diverse range of consumer and industrial end markets. We operate more than 100 manufacturing and R&D facilities in approximately 30 countries and employ approximately 15000 associates within our 5 distinct business divisions including the Pigments and Additives division that we intend to spin-off as Venator Materials Corporation.
Resignation of ICAC Executive Director
ICAC, the International Cotton Advisory Committee has accepted the resignation of its Executive Director, Mr José Sette, who is leaving to pursue other professional challenges
Mr Sette thanked all ICAC members and the world cotton community for the backing received during his term in office. “Since I took over as Executive Director in 2014, ICAC members and all segments of the cotton value chain have always given me their unstinting support. Even though I am leaving the organization, I will always carry a deep affection for cotton and stand ready to render any possible assistance to ICAC in the future.”
Mr Sette’s term of office will expire at the end of April 2017. Information on the procedures for the selection of a new ICAC Executive Director will be released soon.
Re-election of Swiss Empa CEO
The Swiss government re-elected Prof Dr Gian-Luca Bona as CEO of Empa (Materials & Sciences, forms part of the Federal Institute of Technology) for another four year term. His third term will start on September 1, 2017.