Personalities (updated April 20, 2017 at 4:00 PM)


Richard Ehrenfeldner steps down from the Management Board of Semperit AG Holding

The Supervisory Board of Semperit AG Holding and the long-standing Chief Technical Officer of the company, Richard Ehrenfeldner, have reached a mutual agreement on terminating Ehrenfeldner’s board activity as of 15 April 2017.

As previously reported, Michele Melchiorre has gradually assumed the tasks as CTO of Semperit AG Holding from Richard Ehrenfeldner since 1 June 2016. The transfer process has been completed now after the closing of the agreement with Sri Trang.

Richard EhrenfelderEhrenfelder joined Semperit in 1989 and has been a member of the Management Board of Semperit AG Holding since October 2001. After many years as CTO, Ehrenfeldner was responsible for the Medical Sector from June 2016 to December 2016 and most recently played a significant role in terminating almost all joint venture activities with the Sri Trang Group. At this point, Veit Sorger, Chairman of the Supervisory Board, would like to thank Richard Ehrenfeldner for the long-standing cooperation.

As of June 1, 2017, the members of the Management Board of Semperit AG Holding will therefore be Martin Füllenbach (CEO), Frank Gumbinger (CFO) and Michele Melchiorre (CTO).

SelectUSA’s has a new Executive Director

SelectUSA is very happy to have its new Executive Director onboard: the Honorable Fred W. Volcansek.

Fred W. Volcansek  the newVolcansek played a key role in the Trump campaign and transition, serving as a leader for event planning and management for the then Vice President-elect. His distinguished career in public service includes serving four U.S. presidents in various capacities, and as the mayor of Clifton, Texas. He held several leadership roles in the International Trade Administration during the George H. W. Bush Administration, including Deputy Under Secretary for International Trade.

Fred W. Volcansek is the Executive Director for the Department of Commerce’s SelectUSA Programme commented: t is my great honor to serve the American people – and the business investors who support job creation across the nation – as the Executive Director of SelectUSA, a program that I see as among the most exciting in the U.S. government.

Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross said on his first day in office that the United States is entering a period of economic revival. Our team at SelectUSA will be on the forefront of this revival—working to attract business investment in the United States and create opportunities for American workers.

SelectUSA has an incredible impact on U.S. economic development, having facilitated more than $23 billion in client-confirmed business investment and creating or retaining tens of thousands of U.S. jobs. It is a mission I am proud to lead as part of the Trump administration.

This administration has repeatedly made its focus on jobs clear. Few programs, agencies, or policies in the U.S. government support that focus better than SelectUSA. Attracting business investment will be a crucial element to putting more Americans to work; investment from global businesses already supports 12 million direct and indirect U.S. jobs.

SelectUSA will recruit business investors around the world, connect them to promising growth opportunities in the United States, counsel them through the start-up of operations, and provide after care to ensure their success. We will be a crucial partner to economic development teams as they market their regions to international businesses.

I am particularly excited about the annual SelectUSA Investment Summit in June. My career has included leadership of multiple high-profile events, and I look forward to leading the Summit as we host thousands of global business investors and U.S. economic development teams. I hope you will consider joining us there to learn about why the United States will be an even better investment destination.

To our economic development partners around the United States, I look forward to meeting and working with all of you to support job creation and business growth across our great nation.

For the international businesses that are considering investing in the United States, I encourage you to contact our team at SelectUSA. Let us help you strategize, connect to the right data, and find the best opportunities to help your business grow. Now is the time for you to make investing in the United States a part of your global growth strategy.

I’d like to thank President Trump and Secretary Ross for this opportunity to serve the American people and to work with the team at SelectUSA. Together, we will meet the challenge to help create opportunity across America.

Lord & Taylor announces Bobbi Brown as Creative Consultant

Lord & Taylor is pleased to announce the appointment of Bobbi Brown as Creative Consultant. The exclusive partnership kicks off today with the launch of justBOBBI concept shops at select Lord & Taylor locations and online. Coinciding with the release of Bobbi’s new book, Beauty from the Inside Out, this initiative with the iconic retailer marks her first partnership following her recent departure from Bobbi Brown Cosmetics.

justBOBBI shops will feature merchandise ranging from wellness and beauty products to apparel and accessories that reflect her unique aesthetic and holistic lifestyle. Designed to give customers a 360-degree view of Bobbi’s life, the concept shops will highlight her everyday wardrobe essentials such as Hudson denim, Giles and Brother accessories, philanthropic t-shirt brands good hYOUman and n:Philanthropy, as well as select wellness items such as the Super Elixir and Dr. Frank Lipman supplements that are prominently featured in her new book. An exclusive Parker Thatch tote with text from an 1861 Lord & Taylor advertisement is available, designed by Bobbi who drew inspiration from the brand’s rich archives. An assortment of her New York Times best-selling books will also be featured throughout the shop.

“I’m thrilled to partner with a store as iconic as Lord & Taylor as I embark on this new chapter with justBOBBI,” said Bobbi Brown, Founder of Bobbi Bobbi BrownBrown Cosmetics, Lifestyle Expert and newly appointed Creative Consultant at Lord & Taylor. It’s the perfect opportunity to share my insight, knowledge and passion with consumers and help revolutionize the way we experience beauty and wellness.”

“We are delighted to bring this unique and exclusive experience to Lord & Taylor customers,” said Liz Rodbell, President of Lord & Taylor. “Bobbi is an iconic woman, entrepreneur and friend and we are excited to partner with her as we continue our strategy to innovate and differentiate ourselves as a retailer.”

The space will be updated monthly with on-trend seasonal items personally selected by Bobbi. justBOBBI concept shops will be showcased at select Lord & Taylor stores, including the New York City flagship, Bobbi’s hometown of Oak Brook IL, Garden City NY, Stamford CT, Westchester NY, and

As part of the partnership, Lord & Taylor will produce exclusive digital content with Bobbi every week giving customers further access to Bobbi’s personality and lifestyle advice. Livestreams and videos will live on Lord & Taylor social channels and Just Bobbi’s networks, beginning April 21st. A series of media and consumer events are scheduled to celebrate the launch in coming weeks.

Founded in 1826, Lord & Taylor is the oldest department store in the United States and one of the country’s premier retailers. It has built its reputation on offering high-quality fashion apparel and accessories, exciting store environments, and seamless service. Lord & Taylor operates 50 full-line locations primarily in the Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic U.S., and It is part of the Hudson’s Bay Company brand portfolio.

Bobbi Brown is a makeup artist, entrepreneur and the founder of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics. In 2013, she launched her eponymous eyewear collection with Safilo USA, translating her beauty expertise into the eyewear category. After stepping down from Bobbi Brown Cosmetics in December 2016, Bobbi was appointed creative consultant at Lord & Taylor in April 2017 and recently launched an-instore and on-line concept shop there called justBobbi. The debut of her ninth book, Beauty From the Inside Out, inspired her new company Beauty Evolution, a lifestyle and content company.

Uniqlo names global creative president

Lifewear brand Uniqlo just named a new creative director for its R&D center in New York. Tapping the talents of Rebekka Bay, the brand has decided to move forward with its product design and development.

Rebecca BayBay will take over the position of creative director effective May 1. Last February, she left her role as creative director at basics brand Everlane. In her new job, she will lead the design team in New York as well as oversee the company’s product development. She will report to Yuki Katsuta, global head of R&D for Uniqlo and senior vice president of Fast Retailing, in her new job.

Previously, Bay has worked at fashion companies including Cos, Gap, and Everlane. In all of these companies, she held artistic and creative positions helping to enhance the brand’s styles and aesthetics. Moving towards Uniqlo, it’s likely that her experience will be a positive for the brand. With currently 831 operating stores, Bay’s first input for product design will show for Uniqlo’s Fall/Winter 2018 collection.

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