Jack Wills poaches new marketing boss from Burberry

Jack Wills has poached Burberry’s Claire Waugh to become its new chief marketing officer.

Claire WaughWaugh, who has worked for Burberry since 2014, will move into the newly-created role at Jack Wills in September and will report directly to chief executive and founder Peter Williams.

At Burberry, Waugh was initially tasked with developing the beauty, eyewear and watches categories before she was promoted to global marketing director for menswear, leather and softs categories in 2015.

Before Burberry, Waugh worked at Starbucks Coffee for 10 years, working her way up to become the strategic programmes director for the EMEA region.

She also worked for Homebase as a regional and local marketing manager from 2000 to 2003.

“I wanted to hire an inspirational individual to lead our marketing function globally,” Williams said.


New marketing manager at KappAhl

Glenda Marevind is KappAhls new Brand & Marketing Manager since mid August.kappahl-glenda-marevind

“ I am very pleased to welcome Glenda to KappAhl. She has the right experience and attitude on how to best continue the work of strengthening the relationship and communication with our customer, on both current and future arenas”, says CEO Danny Feltmann.

From mid-August Glenda Marevind is leading the work of further developing the KappAhl brand and marketing, in her role as Brand & Marketing Manager. Before this Glenda worked at media agency MEC and has earlier worked many years in the Lindex Group with concept, brand and communication issues, amongst others as Marketing Manager. 

“I am looking forward to contribute to the exciting journey that KappAhl has undertaken. We are to be best at meeting and inspiring our customer based on her needs and buying behavior”, says Glenda Marevind. 


Macy’s names new President

Hal LawtonOn August 21 after the market close, Macy’s announced the appointment of Hal Lawton as President, effective September 8. Lawton will be responsible for the Macy’s brand, including merchandising, marketing, stores, operations, technology, and consumer insights and analytics. Lawton was previously SVP of eBay North America. He will report to CEO Jeff Gennette

Separately, the company announced a restructuring of its merchandising operations to consolidate three functions—merchandising, planning and private brands—into a single merchandising function, led by Jeff Kantor.

The restructuring is expected to save USD 30 million on an annual basis, including USD 5 million, or USD 0.01 per share, in the fourth quarter, which is additive to guidance announced on August 10 of adjusted EPS of USD 3.37–USD 3.62.

Borgward Group elects new Executive Director European Operations

gerald-lautenschlaeger-vertriebsspezialist-wird-eGerald Lautenschläger will become new Executive Director Europe Operations at Borgward Group AG as of September 2, 2017

In his new function Lautenschläger will form a future oriented distribution system and service network for the Europeanmarket.Borgward

“We are pleased to welcome such an experienced automobile manager on board”, said Tom Anliker, Vice President Marketing, Sales & Services of Borward Group.

Lautenschläger’s latest job was member of the Management team at IMB Group, the institute for marketing and business psychology in Berlin, Germany. In such function he managed business development projects in distribution for Renault, BMW and Mercedes-Benz. Prior to that, he served more than 15 years in Distribution and Aftersales positions with Adam Opel  AG, lastly as Sales Director for Germany.

Aside from its German engineering prowess and technical innovations, the Borgward name reflects an international orientation and has been such, since the very beginning. As early as the 1920s, the company was supplying the Polish post office with the Goliath Standard three-wheeler.

Bolstered in particular by the German economic miracle, the company developed into a global organization and oversaw a broad product range split amongst three distinguished brands – Lloyd (small cars), Goliath (lower mid-range cars, light delivery trucks), and Borgward (mid-range and luxury cars, trucks).

Borgward New

The rebirth of Borgward is undoubtedly the most exciting event in the international automotive market. This excitement does not pale in comparison to the “Accessible Premium” comparative advantages of Borgward vehicles. “Accessible Premium” merges classic Borgward brand values with contemporary positioning and technologies. Committed to its heritage, Borgward is a German automobile brand for precision, progressionand outstanding quality of product.

New segment heads at Covestro

Covestro has announced managerial changes in its Polyurethanes and Coatings, Adhesives, Specialties segments effective September 1, 2017

SteilemannDr. Markus Steilemann, who has been Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) with Board of Management responsibility for innovation, marketing and sales since April 2017, will relinquish his position as head of the Polyurethanes segment, which he has held since the start of 2016. Plans call for him to succeed Patrick Thomas as CEO of Covestro next year.

The new head of the Polyurethanes segment will be Daniel Meyer, who has headed the Coatings, Adhesives, Specialties segment since 2011. He will be succeeded by Michael Friede, who currently manages the company’s global elastomers business from France.

Dr. Markus Steilemann can look back on a long international career that began at Bayer in 1999. In 2004, he moved to Bayer’s new MaterialScience subgroup, which now operates independently under the name Covestro. From 2008 onwards, Steilemann held various management positions in the Polycarbonates segment in Asia, including serving as head of Global Industrial Marketing. Between 2013 and 2015, he headed the entire Polycarbonates segment before being appointed to the Covestro Board of Management.

Daniel Meyer joined Bayer France S.A. in 1992. After transferring to Bayer AG in Leverkusen in 1997, he occupied various positions in the pigments Daniel Meyerbusiness before becoming product manager for coating resins in 2002, initially in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and subsequently around the world. From 2004, Meyer held a number of different positions in Asia-Pacific for a total of eight years, including managing the marketing of coating raw materials. He went on to head Business Development before assuming responsibility for the entire Coatings, Adhesives, Specialties segment in the region, and subsequently around the globe.

Michael FriedeMichael Friede came to Bayer as a trainee. After working in the Corporate Audit department and as an assistant to the Board of Management, he spent a number of years in procurement, some of them in the United States. In 2012, he returned to Germany to manage the global key accounts team in the Coatings, Adhesives, Specialties segment. During this period, Friede won the Handelsblatt Stratley Award for up-and-coming managers. He assumed global responsibility for Covestro’s elastomers business in 2014.

With 2016 sales of EUR 11.9 billion, Covestro is among the world’s largest polymer companies. Business activities are focused on the manufacture of high-tech polymer materials and the development of innovative solutions for products used in many areas of daily life. The main segments served are the automotive, construction, wood processing and furniture, and electrical and electronics industries. Other sectors include sports and leisure, cosmetics, health and the chemical industry itself. Covestro, formerly Bayer MaterialScience, has 30 production sites worldwide and employs approximately 15600 people (calculated as full-time equivalents) at the end of 2016.

Immediate past NCTO Chairman and Chairman & CEO of Inman Mills passed away

The immediate past chairman of NCTO, the National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO), Robert “Rob” H. Chapman, III, died August 23.  He was 66.  Chapman was the Chairman & CEO of Inman Mills, a yarn spinning and fabric weaving company headquartered in Inman, South Carolina.

“On behalf of the U.S. textile industry, NCTO extends its deepest sympathies to the Chapman family and everyone at Inman Mills,” said NCTO President & CEO Auggie Tantillo.

“Rob’s legacy is immense.  In the last two decades, globalization, particularly the entry of China into the World Trade Organization, triggered the most disruptive change ever experienced by the U.S. textile industry.  When other companies were going out of business, Inman Mills responded with a strategy of innovation, reinvestment and a willingness to adapt.  Today, thanks to Rob’s dedication and foresight, Inman Mills is one of the shining lights in the renaissance of the U.S. textile industry,” Tantillo continued.

“Rob was also leader in crafting the U.S. textile industry’s Washington, D.C.-based policy response to globalization.  It speaks volumes that Rob’s peers chose him to lead NCTO in 2016-2017 when debate on the now failed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the biggest challenge to the U.S. textile industry since China’s 2001 entry into the WTO, was coming to a climax,” Tantillo added. 

“Finally, on a personal note, Rob was a close friend.  He was a true gentleman, unfailingly courteous, loyal and generous.  Soft spoken and quick to deflect credit to others, Rob was a fierce competitor, driven by the desire to help his community and industry.  Most of all, Rob loved his family and his many associates at Inman Mills.  He dedicated his life to their well-being.  If there ever was any doubt that builders can build faster than destroyers can destroy, Rob was living proof.  He will be greatly missed, but his legacy will long endure,” Tantillo finished.

NCTO is a Washington, DC-based trade association that represents domestic textile manufacturers.

•             U.S. employment in the textile supply chain was 565000 in 2016. 

•             The value of shipments for U.S. textiles and apparel was USD 74.4 billion last year, a nearly 11 % increase since 2009. 

•             U.S. exports of fibre, textiles and apparel were USD 26.3 billion in 2016.  • Capital expenditures for textile and apparel production totalled USD 2 billion in 2015, the last year for which data is available.

DSM names new head Sales & Marketing DSM Dyneema

DSM is pleased to announce that Olivier Janin is joining the company as its vice president of marketing and sales DSM Dyneema as of 1 September 2017. He will become a member of the Strategic Leadership Team of DSM Dyneema and will report directly to Golnar Motahari Pour, President DSM Dyneema

Olivier JaninJanin has broad global experience in sales and marketing and P&L positions in the material science sector. Most recently he served as executive director of chemical sales in Europe for Saudi Arabia Basic Industries Corp.

Prior to joining SABIC in 2007 he worked for GE Plastics and Imperial Chemical Industries plc in international positions with increasing levels of responsibility.

Janin has more than 20 years’ experience managing innovation strategies and product portfolio lifecycles. He graduated with degrees in business administration and industrial marketing from the University of Exeter in the U.K. and from Paris-Sud University in France.

“We are delighted to bring on board someone with Olivier’s experience and proven record of performance,” said Golnar Motahari Pour.

“Adding him to the executive leadership team will further strengthen DSM Dyneema’s already impressive sales and marketing organisation.”


Target has appointed a new Chief Strategy & Innovation Officer

Minsok Pak has worked with leading global retail and consumer companies all over the world. Early next month, he’ll bring his experience to Target as our new Executive Vice President, Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer.

Minsok officially joins team Target on Sept. 11. Read on to learn a little more about what makes him tick, his views on challenges retailers face today, Minsok-Pakand what he’s most looking forward to as he transitions to Minneapolis.

You’ve worked for consumer brands, including The LEGO Group and LG Electronics, and have two decades of experience as a consultant with McKinsey & Company. How did you get your start in your career and what keeps you going?
I thought I was going to be a PhD in Economics but during my senior year I realized I didn’t have patience for academia. I wanted to be doing stuff – having impact – not just focusing on research. I was fortunate enough to join McKinsey & Company fresh out of college and quickly learned a lot about different business industries and functions. It was fast-paced, intellectually stimulating, and I got to work with some terrific people. Before I knew it, I’d spent nearly two decades there.

I love tackling new challenges and working with great teams to drive growth in a business. I get energy from staying curious and looking for ways to create impact. Throughout my career, I’ve had the privilege of being a part of a number of significant transformations. It‘s the idea of being in an environment where there’s a lot of change happening and the opportunity to make a difference that excites me. I‘ve focused on consumer and retail industries because they‘re tangible and real – we’re all consumers and we all shop. And retail today is one of the most dynamic industries, with seismic changes in both competitive and consumer behavior.

What do you think is the biggest challenge retailers are facing today?
Retailing used to be about brick and mortar – having convenient locations, the right products on shelves, and the best prices. That’s no longer the case. With digitization, consumers have a lot more options and access. They have higher expectations when it comes to experiences, personalization, and engagement. In order to succeed, retailers must fundamentally change their business models.

You’re a triathlete. What has that taught you about business?
Training for and competing in long-distance triathlons forces you to have a long-term goal, make difficult trade-offs, execute with discipline, and adapt when variables change. I‘ve also learned not to put boundaries on myself. I believe we are often our worst enemy because we self-impose limits on what we can accomplish. And these lessons apply in my professional life, too.

Your first day is coming up. What’s your top priority once you’re settled in?
Buying a winter coat! In all seriousness, my top priority will be to get up-to-speed quickly. Target is a nearly $70B retailer with 1,800 locations competing in an extremely dynamic retail environment. My goal will be to learn about all of the terrific things already underway and to work with the team to continue building for the future.

J. Crew Names New CFO Chief Financial Officer

US Fashion retailer J. Crew Group Inc. named Vincent Zanna its chief financial officer as revenue continues to drop at the debt-laden retailer

Vincent ZannaZanna, 46, previously served as J. Crew’s treasurer and senior vice president of finance since 2012. Prior to joining the Company in 2009, he served as the Treasurer of Footstar, Inc.

Zanna will continue to report to Michael Nicholson, who was previously both CFO and chief operating officer of the New York-based clothing chain, and now holds only one of those roles, according to a statement of August 23, 2017.

Mr. Nicholson commented, “I am pleased to announce the appointment of Vin to Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer. Vin has been an asset to the Company and an especially valuable partner since I joined the Company in January 2016. He has strong financial acumen and leadership skills that make him the perfect choice for this key role.  I look forward to continuing to partner with Vin in executing our transformation plan and strategically positioning the Company for long-term profitable growth.”

J.Crew Group, Inc. is an internationally recognized omni-channel retailer of women’s, men’s and children’s apparel, shoes and accessories. As of August 23, 2017, the Company operates 274 J.Crew retail stores, 119 Madewell stores,,, the J.Crew catalog,, and 182 factory stores (including 42 J.Crew Mercantile stores).   

With new hires, US Aurora continues to build dedicated in-house sales staff for Printable TextilesAurora Logo

The new hires bring extensive industry experience plus unique skill sets to help printers find solutions to the changing requirements and needs of this rapidly evolving market. In response to the growing demand for custom-coated printable textiles engineered to work optimally on today’s latest digital print equipment, Aurora Specialty Textiles Group, Inc. (Aurora) announced the addition of two new full time employees to the company’s Printable Textiles sales organisation.

The newly created jobs represent the building of a dedicated in-house sales force to meet the growing global demand for printable textiles.

Eric HansonIn July, Aurora welcomed Eric Hanson as the company’s newest hire. Hanson — who brings a solid 20 years’ experience within the adhesive tape, wide format printing, signage and wall covering sectors — is now the North-East Region Sales Manager. Hanson is the former Vice President, Graphics Division, for Presto Tape and is also the former District Sales Manager for MACtac (a Bemis Company.) His region covers Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida and Tennessee as well as the Quebec and Ontario Provinces of Canada.

Adam Wood joined Aurora in June as the West Coast Sales Manager for PrintableAdam-Wood Textiles. He brings 15 years’ experience in the inkjet and digital printing technology sectors. He is a former technical sales manager for Fujifilm Graphics Systems North America and the Direct Sales Manager for Flag Crafters, Inc. His region covers California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Wyoming and Montana.

“Both Adam and Eric bring great industry experience and unique skill sets to enhance Aurora’s expertise in offering cutting edge printable textiles to best meet the demands of this growing and evolving market segment,” said Mark Shaneyfelt, Director of Sales and Marketing for Printable Textiles at Aurora.

“Within the past year we made the capital investment in equipment and our new manufacturing plant to meet the growing demands of this market. We are now continuing that investment by building a dedicated in-house sales organization,” said Shaneyfelt.

Both Wood and Hanson report to Mark Shaneyfelt.

This announcement coincides with the recent expansion of Aurora’s Expressions Canvas product line, which is now complete and fully commercialized. Treated with a new proprietary coating developed by Aurora, Expressions has been engineered to maximize print output and throughput with today’s newest digital printing equipment. The entire line is cross compatible with the latest generation of latex, solvent/eco-solvent and UV printers without sacrificing quality or productivity.  In addition, independent testing confirms that Expressions has the industry’s leading print output with regard to outstanding colour reproduction and broadest colour gamut. Expressions includes the full range of gloss levels.

Aurora Specialty Textiles Group, Inc. is a global leader in coating, dyeing and finishing of both woven and non-woven fabrics. Based in Yorkville, Illinois, USA, the company has a 135-year tradition of innovation and in 2015 invested in a new state-of-the-art, wide width coating and finishing line, and a new facility, that dramatically expand their ability to serve customers. Products include digitally printable textiles through Aurora’s Northern Lights Printable Textiles line, specialty home products, industrial products and tape products for a wide variety of industries. Aurora Specialty Textiles Group, Inc., is a Meridian Industries, Inc. company and ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certified.

Nordstrom announces new Vice President/Chief Accouting Officer

Nordstrom, Inc. announced that Kelley Hall has joined the company as senior vice president, chief accounting officer, beginning August 21, 2017

“We constantly strive to bring top talent to Nordstrom and are thrilled to have someone as experienced and knowledgeable as Kelley join the company,” said Anne Bramman, chief financial officer of Nordstrom. “Kelley’s approach to our finance work, great leadership style and ability to develop and support teams will help us achieve our long-term business goals.”

HallHall has more than 23 years of experience in finance leadership, most recently serving as vice president and CFO for NIKE, Inc.’s Enterprise Operations where she led finance teams supporting a number of business groups, including supply chain, technology and procurement. During her nearly nine-year tenure at NIKE, Hall also held leadership roles in corporate finance, treasury, tax, investor relations and global business planning. Prior to NIKE, she served in a variety of senior finance leadership roles at Starbucks Corporation, including several roles as vice president supporting U.S. retail and corporate finance.

“I’m excited to join a company like Nordstrom that has such a strong customer-focused strategy and brand reputation throughout the industry,” said Hall. “This is a tremendous opportunity and I look forward to working alongside a team that is dedicated to offering its customers the best experiences, however they want to shop.”

As chief accounting officer, Hall and her team will support strategic efforts to evolve Nordstrom’s accounting, procurement, tax and treasury work across the company.

New Head of Recaro Automotive Seating Branding & Marketing and the Recaro Performance Car Seating Business

Markus Kussmaul, executive director Adient Specialty Seating and responsible for Recaro Performance Car Seating, has decided to leave Recaro to pursue other career opportunities. Effective September 1, 2017, Martin C. Klein will lead Recaro Automotive Seating’s branding and marketing activities as well as its passenger vehicle business

AdjentAdient has announced that Martin C. Klein will assume new responsibilities at Recaro Automotive Seating and Recaro Performance Car Seating as vice president. Markus Kussmaul will continue to serve the company until the end of September to ensure a smooth transition of leadership. Mr. Klein will take over responsibilities at Recaro Automotive Seating on September 1, 2017, and will be based in Kirchheim/Teck, Germany

“One year after successfully spinning off Adient as an independent automotive supplier from Johnson Controls, we will now engage in the next phase of developing Recaro Automotive Seating as the world’s leading brand of performance car seats with outstanding potentials in the passenger and commercial vehicle businesses,” says Ingo Fleischer, vice president Adient Specialty Seating. “In particular I want to thank Markus Kussmaul for his commitment and for his dedicated work on behalf of the company.”

Markus Kussmaul worked for the companies Keiper and Recaro for 17 years. After joining the Keiper sales team in 2000, he served in different leadership positions until 2011. When Keiper and Recaro Automotive Seating became part of Johnson Controls in 2011, he led the U.S. business operations of Recaro Automotive Seating until 2014. From 2014 he held leadership positions at Recaro Commercial Vehicle Seating, global sales at Recaro Automotive Seating and later as head of Recaro Performance Car Seating.

Martin C. Klein holds a university degree in Economics and has over 25 years of professional experience in the automotive business, both in the passenger car and commercial vehicle sectors. He has held various leadership positions at Daimler in Germany and the United States with particular expertise in marketing, branding and sales.

Recaro Automotive Seating is a product group of Adient. At seven locations in Germany, Poland, Slovakia, Japan, Mexico, and the USA, we design, manufacture, and market complete seats representative of our core competencies of design, ergonomics, craftsmanship, robustness, lightweight construction, and first-class workmanship, under the brand name Recaro. Recaro Automotive Seating consists of two units: While Recaro Performance Car Seating offers passenger car seats for OEMs and the aftermarket, Recaro Commercial Vehicle Seating focuses on commercial vehicle seats in the OEM and aftermarket segments. Recaro Automotive Seating uses the brand Recaro under a license of the Recaro Holding.

Adient is a global leader in automotive seating. With 75,000 employees operating 230 manufacturing/assembly plants in 33 countries worldwide, Adient produces and delivers automotive seating for all vehicle classes and all major OEMs. From complete seating systems to individual components, the company’s expertise spans every step of the automotive seat-making process. Adient’s integrated, in-house skills allow it to take products from research and design all the way to engineering and manufacturing – and into more than 25 million vehicles every year.

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