Dr Keshav Kranthi Named ‘Chief Scientist’ after ICAC Takes New Path

The reasons for Dr Kranthi’s title change include:

•             He has taken an increasingly active role in projects on the ground

•             He is developing and leading international project-teams of cotton scientists

•             The fact that the ICAC has placed an increasingly greater emphasis on projects, innovation and technology

Dr Keshav Kranthi Named ‘Chief Scientist’ after ICAC Takes New Path

Dr Keshav Kranthi

Dr Keshav Kranthi — the globally renowned cotton scientist who has served as Head of Technical Services for the International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC) since 2017 — has been appointed Chief Scientist, reflecting recent changes both in his work and in the direction of the organisation.

‘For decades, the role of the Head of Technical Services was largely unchanged but the ICAC has evolved and this change in title reflects that’, said Kai Hughes, Executive Director. ‘The ICAC’s emphasis has changed in recent years from just providing technical information to taking a more active role in implementing the most cutting-edge science and best practices in cotton production and sustainability’, he said. ‘Implementing projects on the ground and developing international project-teams of cotton scientists are indicative of the fact that Dr Kranthi has taken on a more robust role as “Chief Scientist”‘.

In addition to his current responsibilities, Dr Kranthi will now be providing technical leadership for collaborative projects across the globe to shape the future research agenda for enhancement of soil health, sustainable yield improvement, efficient crop protection and development of digital tools for technology transfer.

Formed in 1939, the ICAC is an association of cotton producing, consuming and trading countries. It acts as a catalyst for change by helping member countries maintain a healthy world cotton economy; provides transparency to the world cotton market by serving as a clearinghouse for technical information on cotton production; and serves as a forum for discussing cotton issues of international significance. The ICAC does not have a role in setting market prices or in intervening in market mechanisms.

WPP Raids McCann for a New Creative Chief; Ad Tech Brings Picture-in-Picture Ads to Streaming TV

By guest author Nat Ives from Wall Street Journal

Good Morning. Rob Reilly, the McCann Worldgroup creative chief who worked on the “Fearless Girl” campaign for State Street, is leaving the IPG agency to join rival advertising behemoth WPP, Alexandra Bruell reports.

Mr. Reilly’s appointment to the newly created post of global chief creative officer signals WPP’s commitment to creative functions, according to the company, after recent changes that have favored its digital marketing operations.

WPP in the last year has reorganised its agencies in an effort to simplify its operations, giving priority to its digital marketing business over more traditional creative agencies in the process. It combined the traditional agency Grey with digital agency AKQA, for example, to form AKQA Group.

“Rob’s appointment is rebalancing our efforts, obviously slightly more toward creativity,” said WPP CEO Mark Read.

“If we’ve had issues with our creative agencies at WPP, it’s because we were over-focused on creativity that fits inside traditional analog ad units like TV commercials,” he said. “We need to redefine and invent creativity for a technology and digital driven world and that’s what he’s going to help us do.”

Anna Isabella König becomes member of the Board of Trustees and Foundation Committee of the Swiss National Fonds

The Swiss Federal Council has on January 27, 2021 elected Anja Isabella König, Managing Director of Novartis Venture Funds as member of the Board of Trustees, andof the Foundation Committee of the Swiss National Fonds to enhance the scientific research (SNF), effective February 2, 2021, for the reminder of the term 2020-2023.

Anja Isabella König

Anja Isabella König studied at the University of Munich and at the University Oxford (GB) physics.  Her doctorate she concluded in theorethical physics in 2000  at the Cornell University (USA). After a consulting activity at McKinsey (2000-2006) she is since 2006 in a long-standing managerial position at Novatrtis Venture Fund active, and since 2017 as its Managing Director. During the pilot phase of the Bridge-Programmes, managed jointly  by SNF and Innosuisse, Anja Isabella König became as representative of the Economy and Innovation a seat in the Expert Panel.

The SNF is the foremost important instrument of the Federal Government to enhance Research, and, as well young scientists. The Board of Trustees entails Universities, the academies of Swiss scientists and scientific organisations, as well as the from the Federal Government designated economic and political members. The Board of Trustees is responsible mainly for superior strategic tasks.

Accelerating the Transformation of Bayer:  Supervisory Board of Bayer AG appoints Sarena Lin to Board of Management as Chief Transformation and Talent Officer

Sarina Lin

The Supervisory Board of Bayer AG announced the appointment of Sarena Lin (50) to the company’s Board of Management as of February 1, 2021. Lin will become the company’s Chief Transformation and Talent Officer. She will be responsible for Human Resources, Strategy and Business Consulting and drive the accelerated transformation of Bayer. Additionally, she will serve as Labor Director. Lin will be based at the company’s headquarters in Leverkusen, Germany. She will join Bayer from Elanco Animal Health Incorporated, where she is a member of the Executive Committee, responsible for the areas of Transformation and Technology. She previously worked in senior positions at McKinsey and Cargill, among others. Lin holds citizenship from the United States of America and Taiwan. She speaks English, Mandarin Chinese and basic German.

“We are delighted that Sarena Lin will strengthen the Bayer Board of Management with her global experience, strategic expertise, leadership skills and ability to lead large-scale transformations,” said Norbert Winkeljohann, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Bayer AG. “Bayer must now decisively accelerate the transformation it has initiated. Few companies have the potential to benefit from the ongoing bio revolution as much as Bayer. The company’s leading positions in attractive life science businesses must be translated into accelerated growth and value creation.”

“The employee representatives on the Supervisory Board welcome the appointment of Sarena Lin as a member of the Board of Management – and thus also the appointment of a woman as Labor Director. Based on her international experience and expertise, she will provide fresh impetus. We expect our dialogue on future HR policy and the development of our work culture here at Bayer to be conducted in a spirit of trust – guided by the social partnership we have actively promoted here for so long,” said Oliver Zühlke, Deputy Chairman of Bayer’s Supervisory Board.

“I have gotten to know Bayer as a highly professional, innovative company with enormous potential and an inspiring vision and purpose. Now is the time to unleash that potential,” said Lin of joining the company. “I am looking forward to shaping the ongoing transformation as part of Team Bayer for the benefit of all of the company’s stakeholders.”

Lin was born in Taipei, Taiwan. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science at Harvard University in Boston, Massachusetts and later received her MBA in Strategy and a master’s degree in International Relations at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. She worked at McKinsey from 1998 to 2011 and held roles such as Managing Partner in Taipei, Taiwan as well as Partner in New York, New York, USA. From 2011 to 2017 she acted as the Corporate Vice President of Strategy and Business Development and subsequently as President of the Feed and Nutrition business at Cargill in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She then joined Elanco, where she served as President, Elanco USA as well as Executive Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Global Marketing. Lin is married and has a daughter.

Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the life science fields of health care and nutrition. Its products and services are designed to benefit people by supporting efforts to overcome the major challenges presented by a growing and aging global population. At the same time, the Group aims to increase its earning power and create value through innovation and growth. Bayer is committed to the principles of sustainable development, and the Bayer brand stands for trust, reliability and quality throughout the world. In fiscal 2019, the Group employed around 104,000 people and had sales of EUR 43.5 billion. Capital expenditures amounted to EUR 2.9 billion, R&D expenses to EUR 5.3 billion.

The European Commission appoints two new Directors and a Principal Adviser

On January 19, 2021, the European Commission has decided to appoint Mr Jan Panek as Director for Nuclear energy, safety and ITER in the Directorate-General for Energy (ENER) and Mr Alexander Gemberg-Wiesike as Director for the Paymaster Office (PMO).

Mr Jan Panek, a Czech official, brings with him his analytical, communication and management skills as well as his sound knowledge of the European energy policy, including in the nuclear field, which will help him lead an effective planning, coordination and implementation of DG ENER’s work on nuclear safety, decommissioning, radioprotection as well as in the supervision of EU’s participation in the ITER project. He has a longstanding career in the European Commission (since 2005), working currently as Head of Unit in charge of the consumer policy in the Directorate-General for Justice and Consumers (JUST). Prior to that, he headed the ITER, Internal market – retail markets, and Coal, Oil & Energy Observatory units of DG ENER.

Mr Alexander Gemberg-Wiesike, a German native, will draw on his good financial and administrative knowledge of the Institution and his strong expertise in the field of human resources in his new function. He joined the European Commission in 2003. Since 2016, the trained lawyer has served as Head of Unit for Organisational Performance, Resource Allocation & Structures in the Directorate-General for Human Resources and Security (HR), after having been Assistant to the Director-General for 6 years.

Ms Géraldine Dufort will continue her career as Principal Adviser and will head up the newly created Office for Diversity and Inclusion in DG HR. The Office will implement the diversity policy in the field of human resources and act as a “one stop shop” for all experts and services that contribute to advancing diversity, equality and inclusion for our staff across all Commission departments. Diversity will be one of the priority areas of the Commission’s new human resources strategy. Ms Dufort’s 15 years of experience in developing human resources policies, notably recruitment, career management as well as learning and development, with 7 years of management experience at Head of Unit level in DG HR will help her act as a corporate expert for all questions relating to diversity and inclusion. She is currently seconded from the Commission, working in the Cabinet of the General Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Spain. The date of effect in all cases remains to be determined.

Lynda Kelly appointed SVP, Americas at Suominen

Lynda Kelly

Lynda Kelly (B.Sc.) has been appointed Senior Vice President, Americas business area as of January 1, 2021. Lynda has a long experience in different management positions at Suominen. She will continue to report to President and CEO Petri Helsky as Executive Team member.

“I am happy that we were able to appoint an excellent internal candidate to this position utilizing her experience and versatile expertise in nonwovens business. Lynda is energetic and efficient and she knows the company very well, as she has worked for Suominen since 2014,” says Petri Helsky, President and CEO of Suominen.

Suominen manufactures nonwovens as roll goods for wipes and other applications. Our vision is to be the frontrunner for nonwovens innovation and sustainability. The end products made of Suominen’s nonwovens, such as wet wipes, feminine care products and swabs, are present in people’s daily life worldwide. Suominen’s net sales in 2019 were EUR 411.4 million and we have nearly 700 professionals working in Europe and in the Americas. Suominen’s shares are listed on Nasdaq Helsinki.

The European Commission appoints a new Deputy Secretary-General

On December 15, 2020, the European Commission has decided to appoint Mr John Watson as Deputy Secretary-General.

He will be responsible for Interinstitutional and External Relations. Mr Watson will bring his broad experience in the Commission, his extensive knowledge of Union policy, his leadership and representation skills to this challenging function, which is pivotal within the institutional context. Mr Watson, an Irish national, has worked in management functions in the Secretariat-General (SG) for the past 13 years.

He is currently Acting Commission Representative in COREPER II and Director for Single Market and Connectivity in SG. Prior to that, he was Director for Better Regulation and Work Programme in SG where he also occupied several Head of unit positions.

Earlier in his career, he served as Member of Cabinet Hübner for Regional Policy and held various positions in the Commission, notably in the Directorates-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology (CONNECT), for Economic and Financial Affairs (ECFIN) and for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion (EMPL). The date of effect of this decision will be determined later.

Changes in the Board of Executive Directors of BASF

  • Melanie Maas-Brunner appointed to the Board and succeeds Wayne T. Smith
  • Redistribution of responsibilities effective February 1, 2021 and June 1, 2021
Dr. Melanie Maas-Brunner

The Supervisory Board of BASF SE today appointed Dr. Melanie Maas-Brunner (52) as a member of the Board of Executive Directors effective February 1, 2021. Maas-Brunner has been with BASF since 1997 and has headed BASF’s Nutrition & Health division since 2017. In her new role as of February 1, 2021, she will also take over the position as Chief Technology Officer from Dr. Martin Brudermüller, Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of BASF. She will assume responsibility for the three research divisions Advanced Materials & Systems Research, Bioscience Research, Process Research & Chemical Engineering as well as BASF New Business at that time.

Dr. Kurt Bock, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of BASF SE: “With Melanie Maas-Brunner, we have appointed a very experienced chemist and strong leader to the Board. During her career at BASF to date, she has successfully set up business areas for the future – with global responsibility as well as in the Asia region.”

Wayne T. Smith (60) is leaving the Board as of May 31, 2021. Smith has been with BASF for 16 years and has been a member of the Board since 2012. He is currently responsible for the divisions Monomers, Performance Materials, Petrochemicals, Intermediates, Process Research & Chemical Engineering and North America.

“Wayne Smith has successfully developed the business areas in his area of responsibility with strategic foresight. He is particularly credited with placing customer orientation even more at the center of BASF activities. I worked well and closely with Wayne Smith for many years. I thank him for his achievements and wish him all the best,” said Bock.

Michael Heinz (56) will take over Smith’s responsibilities in North America after a transition period on June 1, 2021, and retain his responsibilities for South America. Maas-Brunner will additionally take over the tasks in the divisions European Site & Verbund Management, Global Engineering Services and Corporate Environmental Protection, Health & Safety as well as the role of the Industrial Relations Director from Heinz on the same date.

Redistribution of responsibilities within the board                                                  

Following these changes, the Board of Executive Directors has decided to redistribute its responsibilities effective June 1, 2021:

    Dr. Martin Brudermüller (59), Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors, Ressort I, responsible for Corporate Legal, Compliance, Tax & Insurance; Corporate Development; Corporate Communications & Government Relations; Corporate Human Resources; Corporate Investor Relations

    Dr. Hans-Ulrich Engel (61), Vice Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Digital Officer, Ressort II, responsible for Corporate Finance; Corporate Audit; Global Business Services; Global Digital Services; Global Procurement

    Dr. Melanie Maas-Brunner (52), Industrial Relations Director and Chief Technology Officer, Ressort III, responsible for European Site & Verbund Management; Global Engineering Services; Corporate Environmental Protection, Health & Safety; Advanced Materials & Systems Research; Bioscience Research; Process Research & Chemical Engineering; BASF New Business

    Saori Dubourg (49), Ressort IV, responsible for Agricultural Solutions; Nutrition & Health; Care Chemicals; Region Europe

    Michael Heinz (56), Ressort V, located in Florham Park, New Jersey, responsible for Monomers; Performance Materials; Petrochemicals; Intermediates; Region North America; Region South America

    Dr. Markus Kamieth (50), Ressort VI, located in Hongkong, responsible for Dispersions & Pigments; Catalysts; Coatings; Performance Chemicals; Region Greater China; Region South & East Asia, ASEAN & ANZ; Mega Projects Asia

At BASF, we create chemistry for a sustainable future. We combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. More than 117000 employees in the BASF Group work on contributing to the success of our customers in nearly all sectors and almost every country in the world. Our portfolio is organized into six segments: Chemicals, Materials, Industrial Solutions, Surface Technologies, Nutrition & Care and Agricultural Solutions. BASF generated sales of €59 billion in 2019. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchange in Frankfurt (BAS) and as American Depositary Receipts (BASFY) in the U.S.

Gerald Vogt becomes new CEO of Stäubli Group

Stäubli, a global leader in industrial and mechatronic solutions, is starting the new year with a new Chief Executive Officer. Gerald Vogt, previously responsible for the global business of the Robotics Division, will take over as CEO from retiring Rolf Strebel on January 1, 2021.

With Gerald Vogt, an experienced manager from within the company’s own ranks will take over the management of the diversified and growing family-owned company. The 50-year-old Franco-German engineer and business economist has been responsible for the global Robotics business as Group Division Manager since mid-2016 and is already a member of the Group Management.

When he joined Stäubli almost 20 years ago, Gerald Vogt initially moved from the development and production site in Faverges, France, to the US for several years. As Division Manager he significantly expanded business for Stäubli Robotics North America. Afterwards he returned to Faverges as Head of Development before taking over responsibility for the German business as Head of Stäubli Robotics in Bayreuth.

To ensure a smooth transition and prepare for his future tasks as CEO, the Stäubli Board of Directors nominated Gerald Vogt as the designated successor to Rolf Strebel at the beginning of 2020. Since then, Gerald Vogt has accompanied the current CEO and is responsible for the introduction and implementation of the new business strategy for Stäubli until 2030.

“We are delighted to have found in Gerald Vogt a forward-looking manager with an extensive international experience and a clear entrepreneurial spirit who is already very well connected within the Group. He has our full confidence to further advance the business of the entire Stäubli Group worldwide,” said Yves Serra, Chairman of the Board of Directors.

“On behalf of the entire Board of Directors and the Stäubli family, I would like to take this opportunity to thank Rolf Strebel for more than 40 years of dedication to Stäubli and his outstanding work as CEO of the Stäubli Group over the past 14 years. We wish him all the best for the time ahead,” added Serra.

Christophe Coulongeat will assume the global responsibility for the Robotics Division on January 1, 2021. The French manager has been Deputy Division Manager since 2018 and previously gathered extensive experience in the packaging and automation industry in France, Austria, the United Arab Emirates and Switzerland.

With this succession in management, Stäubli is setting the course to consistently pursue its growth and further expand its market position worldwide, especially in North America and Asia.

Secretary-General Pololikashvili Nominated to Lead UNWTO for Four More Years

Photo Zurab Pololikashvili

The Executive Council of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has expressed its continued support for Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili. Meeting in Madrid, its members nominated him to continue leading the United Nations specialised agency for four more years.

At the end of the 113th session of the Executive Council, held as a hybrid event in Spanish capital, Members voted in person and in secret for their choice of leader for 2022-2025. Incumbent Pololikashvili won 76 % of the votes in a process where the Kingdom of Bahrain also put forward a candidate for the position, Shaikha Mai bint Mohammed Al Khalifa. Her Excellency congratulated Mr Pololikashvili on his win and the Government of Bahrain expressed its support for UNWTO.

The Executive Council of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has expressed its continued support for Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili. Meeting in Madrid, its members nominated him to continue leading the United Nations specialized agency for four more years.

At the end of the 113th session of the Executive Council, held as a hybrid event in Spanish capital, Members voted in person and in secret for their choice of leader for 2022-2025. Incumbent Pololikashvili won 76 % of the votes in a process where the Kingdom of Bahrain also put forward a candidate for the position, Shaikha Mai bint Mohammed Al Khalifa. Her Excellency congratulated Mr Pololikashvili on his win and the Government of Bahrain expressed its support for UNWTO.

Personnel Changes at BASF

Anup Kothari (52), President, Performance Chemicals, Ludwigshafen, will assume responsibility for the Division Nutrition & Health, Lampertheim, effective February 1, 2021.

Anup Kothari was born in India in 1968. He earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, India, and a master’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Kentucky. He also holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Professional Career

04/2017              President, Performance Chemicals, BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany

2015      Senior Vice President, Performance Chemicals North America, BASF Corporation, Florham Park, New Jersey

2012      Vice President, Business Management Mobile Emissions Catalysts Asia Pacific, Shanghai, China

2008      Vice President, Strategy & Planning, New Business Development, Catalysts division, BASF Corporation, Iselin, New Jersey

2006      Group Leader, Global Strategic Marketing Detergents & Formulators, Care Chemicals division, BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany

2003      Business Manager, Performance Chemicals North America, Florham Park, New Jersey

2002      Technology & Capital Program Manager, BASF Corporation, Mount Olive, New Jersey

2001      Capital Projects, Assets & Technology Manager, BASF Corporation, Mount Olive, New Jersey

1999      Joined BASF MBA Professional Development Program, BASF Corporation, Mount Olive, New Jersey

Thomas Kloster (49), Senior Vice President, Automotive OEM Coatings Solutions EMEA, BASF Coatings GmbH, Münster, will, as President, assume responsibility for Performance Chemicals at the same time.

Thomas Kloster was born in Germany in 1971. He studied at Mannheim University and at University of Waterloo, Canada. In 2002, he earned his PhD at the faculty of Business Administration, Mannheim University. Before joining BASF in 2001 he worked for the management consultancy McKinsey & Company in Frankfurt. He is married and has three children.

Professional Career

2016      Senior Vice President, Automotive OEM Coatings Solutions EMEA, BASF Coatings GmbH, Münster

2013      Vice President, Strategies, BASF SE, Ludwigshafen

2010      Vice President, Reg. Business Segment Mgmt., Construction Chemicals Asia Pacific, Shanghai

2007      Vice President, Market Management, Construction Systems Europe, BASF Construction Chem. GmbH, Frankfurt

2006      Executive Assistant Ressort VIII, BASF Aktiengesellschaft, Ludwigshafen

2004      Group Leader Global Business Management PVP, BASF Aktiengesellschaft, Ludwigshafen

2001      Joined BASF Aktiengesellschaft, Consultant, Management Consulting, Ludwigshafen

At BASF, we create chemistry for a sustainable future. We combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. More than 117000 employees in the BASF Group work on contributing to the success of our customers in nearly all sectors and almost every country in the world. Our portfolio is organized into six segments: Chemicals, Materials, Industrial Solutions, Surface Technologies, Nutrition & Care and Agricultural Solutions. BASF generated sales of EUR 59 billion in 2019. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchange in Frankfurt (BAS) and as American Depositary Receipts (BASFY) in the U.S.

J.C. Penney said goodbye to its CEO, Jill Soltau, on Dec. 31, 2020

By guest author Josh Rivera, USA Today

The retailer’s new ownership group – Simon Property Group and Brookfield Asset Management, along with strategic partner Authentic Brands Group – launched a search for a new chief executive officer.

Soltau, previously the CEO of Joann Fabrics, helmed J.C. Penney for two years. During her tenure, she focused on e-commerce and focused on the amount of merchandise showcased in stores.

“The search will seek to identify a leader that is focused on modern retail, the consumer experience, and the goal of creating a sustainable and enduring J.C. Penney,” the retailer said in a news release.

J.C. Penney filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in May after its sales collapsed amid temporary store closures.

The company was at risk of total liquidation for months as it negotiated with its creditors. After reaching a deal to sell to a consortium of property owners, including mall company Simon Property Group, J.C. Penney emerged from bankruptcy in December having closed more than 150 stores.

An additional 15 stores have been added to the chopping block and are scheduled to close by the end of March, and more closings are possible.

Filson appoints Paolo Corinaldesi as Chief Executive Officer

Filson, the outdoor outfitter and apparel manufacturer, announced today that Paolo Corinaldesi has been named as Chief Executive Officer. Corinaldesi’s appointment is effective immediately. Corinaldesi is the sixth CEO in the brand’s 124-year history.

Paolo Corinaldesi, new Chief Executive Officer of Filson.

Corinaldesi joins Filson as part of his role with WP Lavori, the international apparel brand licensee, distributor and retail group, which invested in Filson last year. Most recently, Corinaldesi served as a global strategist with WP Lavori, working with brands such as Blundstone, Baracuta and Barbour, among others. Prior to that, Corinaldesi was CEO of Woolrich International, where he managed the merger of the brand’s U.S. and European business, led the exploration of international partnerships and oversaw the development of the brand’s retail sales network. 

“Filson’s long-standing history and reputation for reliability are testaments to our commitment to our customers,” said Alex Carleton, Filson Chief Creative Officer. “Paolo shares those values, and with his leadership and extensive retail experience, he will drive business growth and continue to build on Filson’s legacy.”

Established in 1897 to outfit customers headed to the Klondike Gold Rush, founder C.C. Filson designed durable and reliable products for the most demanding conditions. After the Gold Rush, Filson focused on clothing for the timber industry, such as the Filson Cruiser, patented in 1914, which became the official attire of the U.S. Forest Service and continues to influence the brand’s best-selling items today. Filson’s signature materials, such as heavyweight Tin Cloth, Mackinaw Wool and Rugged Twill, offer tough and dependable clothing that has established itself as the gold standard for hunters, anglers, explorers and anyone who has a passion for the outdoors.

Over the past 124 years, Filson’s growth has been driven by its high-quality products, loyal customers, e-commerce and dynamic retail spaces. In 2021, the brand expects to continue to accelerate that growth by focusing on international expansion and new product offerings, including the recently introduced, sewn in the U.S. denim collection.

“After Woolrich, I thought that my time as an executive was over, but when the opportunity to join Filson came along, I couldn’t say ‘no,'” said Corinaldesi. “Filson has a very special history and holds a unique place in today’s market. I am excited to join this great team and continue to grow the brand through new product innovations, expanding our retail footprint and building our international presence.”

Detroit-based Bedrock Manufacturing Company is the parent company of Filson. Founder Tom Kartsotis will continue to oversee Filson and work alongside Corinaldesi and Carleton to build the business. Corinaldesi’s focus will be on operations, finance and sales while Carleton will manage brand marketing, product and merchandising. In 2020, WP Lavori made a multimillion-dollar investment, acquiring 10 percent of the company, to partner with Bedrock and support Filson’s future growth opportunities.

Established in Seattle in 1897 to outfit prospectors headed for the Yukon, the company’s 124-year legacy is built upon its reputation for honesty, quality and durability. Filson’s long-lasting gear is the choice of explorers, adventurers, ranchers, hunters, anglers, engineers and anyone with a passion for the outdoors. Over a century after its founding, the Filson headquarters remain in Seattle, Washington.

Harvey Nichols promotes COO Manju Malhotra to CEO

By guest author Elias Jahshan from Retail Gazette

  • Manju Malhotra named new Harvey Nichols CEO with immediate effect
  • The appointment is a promotion for her, after leading the business as co-CO
Manju Malhotra

Harvey Nichols has announced the appointment of Manju Malhotra as its new chief executive with immediate effect.

The move is a promotion for Malhotra, who has been the department store’s chief operating officer since 2018.

She shared that position with Daniela Rinaldi, up until late last year when Rinaldi exited Harvey Nichols.

Harvey Nichols has not had an official chief executive since late 2017, when a leadership reshuffle saw then-chief executive Stacy Cartwright step into the role of deputy chairman.

Since then, Rinaldi and Malhotra have led the retailer as co-chief operating officers, with Malhotra taking the reins on her own after Rinaldi left.

Malhotra first joined Harvey Nichols in 1998 as an internal audit manager and held various roles, working her way up to group finance director in 2010 and then co-chief operating officer eight years later.

In her new role as chief executive, she will be responsible for all of Harvey Nichols’ UK and international stores, and its ecommerce business.

Malhotra will also continue to report directly into chairman Sir Dickson Poon, who also owns Harvey Nichols.

She will also work closely with Pearson Poon, executive director, who is based in Hong Kong.

“Over the past 22 years Manju has repeatedly demonstrated her ability in finance and through her time as chief operating officer and in particular this year, she has also demonstrated her leadership in developing strategies and optimising business performance during one of the most challenging business environments in recent history,” Poon said.

Steven B. Tanger transitions from CEO to Executive Chair of Board of Directors

Stephen Yalof assumes CEO role at Tanger Outlets

Tanger Factory Outlets Centers, Inc. (NYSE: SKT), a leading operator of upscale open-air outlet centres, on January 5, 2021, announced the implementation of the executive succession plan initially outlined in April 2020.  As of January 1, 2021, Steven B. Tanger has transitioned to Executive Chair of the Company’s Board of Directors, effective through January 1, 2024 and Stephen Yalof has assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer of the Company.  David B. Henry, previously Non-Executive Chair of the Board, has been appointed to Lead Director.

In 1984, Mr. Tanger joined Stanley K. Tanger as the Company’s fourth employee. At that time, Tanger had seven centers in six states totaling approximately 344,000 square feet. With over 40 years of experience in the outlet industry, Tanger Outlets has grown to include 38 centers in 20 states and Canada, totaling approximately 14.1 million square feet, and hosts more than 180 million visitors annually. The Company has created jobs for more than 40,000 people across the U.S. and Canada.

Previously, Mr. Tanger was a Trustee of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), a Director of The Fresh Market, a member of the Real Estate Roundtable and a Director and Member of the Executive Committee of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT). Mr. Tanger received the Lifetime Excalibur Award from the American Cancer Society in 1996 for his efforts in the fight against breast cancer, which continue today. In April 2011, Mr. Tanger received the UJA-Federation Award of Excellence and in May 2012, The American Apparel & Footwear Association awarded him the Excellence in Retail Award.

Mr. Tanger has received numerous awards recognizing the highest level of civilian contribution to several states, including North Carolina’s Order of the Long Leaf Pine, The Order of the Palmetto from the State of South Carolina and the Commodores Award in the State of Ohio. In 2013, Mr. Tanger became the named donor for the Steven B. Tanger Performing Arts Center in Greensboro, NC. In 2014, Mr. Tanger won the prestigious Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for the Southeast in Retail and Hospitality and was inducted into the North Carolina Business Hall of Fame for his contributions to the state’s business community over the last 44 years. In 2015, Mr. Tanger was inducted into the Outlet Industry Hall of Fame and was the commencement speaker for the UNC Kenan-Flagler School of Business graduation in 2016.

“I am very proud of what our team accomplished at Tanger Outlets during my 36 years on the management team, including 12 years as CEO.  I look forward to continuing to provide ongoing guidance and support as Executive Chair of the Board.  Since Stephen joined us last April, he has proven to be an invaluable leader and will take our Company to its next stage of our growth,” said Mr. Tanger. “With his extensive experience and successful industry track record, I believe he will be able to help Tanger navigate the ever-evolving retail landscape and position us for success for many years to come.”

“I am honoured to assume the role of Chief Executive Officer of Tanger Outlets during this important and transformative time,” said Mr. Yalof. “While 2020 brought unprecedented challenges, our outlook is improving.   We are curating new ways to serve our customers in a safe, secure manner to grow our business for the long-term.”

Stephen Yalof

Mr. Yalof joined Tanger Outlets as President and Chief Operating Officer in April 2020. Prior to Tanger, he served as Chief Executive Officer of Simon Premium Outlets since 2014. Mr. Yalof has over 20 year of experience with retailers, including his tenure in leadership roles at Ralph Lauren Corporation and The Gap, Inc.

Tanger Factory Outlet Centers, Inc. (NYSE: SKT) is a leading operator of open-air upscale outlet shopping centers that owns, or has an ownership interest in, a portfolio of 38 centres. Tanger’s operating properties are located in 20 states and in Canada, totalling approximately 14.1 million square feet, leased to over 2700 stores operated by more than 500 different brand name companies. The Company has more than 40 years of experience in the outlet industry and is a publicly-traded REIT.


Macy’s promotes Nata Dvir to Chief Merchandising Officer

Macy’s, Inc. has announced that Nata Dvir has been named Chief Merchandising Officer of the Macy’s brand, effective February 1, 2021. She currently serves as Macy’s senior vice president and general business manager for beauty and center core merchandise. In her new role, the company said in a statement, Dvir will be responsible for leading Macy’s merchandising, with oversight of all merchandising categories and private brands. She will report to Jeff Gennette, Macy’s, Inc. chairman and chief executive officer.

Nata Dvir

“Nata is a strong merchant with deep connections to our partners, first-rate instincts and an eye for newness,” said Gennette, adding, “I’m confident that she will continue our merchandising transformation, influencing our customers’ personal style through accessible fashion, clear value and an enhanced digital and store experience.”

Dvir has held various leadership roles within Macy’s merchant organization, including experience in men’s, beauty, shoes, jewellery, food and licensed businesses. In September 2017, Dvir was named Macy’s general business manager for beauty, a new role in the organization. In February 2020, Dvir added responsibility for Center Core merchandise, including jewelry, handbags, shoes, intimate apparel and accessories. Dvir began her career as an executive trainee at Macy’s.

Patti Ongman

The company added that she will succeed Patti Ongman, who, as previously announced, plans to retire at the end of the 2020 fiscal year.

AATCC Announces Incoming Officers

AATCC congratulates the committee chairs who took office January 1st. These volunteers lead efforts ranging from member engagement to test method development. To learn more about how committees drive the work of AATCC or to join a committee, visit

Administrative Committees

  • Kerry King, Spoonflower Inc, Appropriations Committee Chair (2021-2022)
  • Andrew Fraser, InMocean Group, Education Advisory Board Chair (2021-2022)
  • Martha Carper, Chapin Award Committee Chair (2021)
  • Philip Sims, Pulcra Chemicals, Olney Medal Award Committee Chair (2021)
  • Robina Hogan, Frankl & Thomas Inc, Millson Award for Invention Committee Chair (2021-2023)
  • Tyler Pickett, Adidas, Young Professionals Committee Chair (2021-2022)
  • Richard Slomko, Atlas Material Testing Technology LLC, International Test Methods Committee Chair (2021-2023)

Research Committees

  • Andrew Fraser, InMocean Group LLC, RA36 Color Measurement Test Methods Acting Chair (2021)
  • Norma Keyes, RA99 Technical Manual Editorial Review Chair (2021-2023)
  • Buddy Garrett, Cotton Incorporated, RA34 Preparation Acting Chair (2021)
  • Nelson R Vinueza, North Carolina State University, RA103 Spectroscopic Technologies Chair (2021-2023)

New members of the AATCC Board of Directors were announced in November 2020 and are listed at

AATCC is the world’s leading not-for-profit association serving textile professionals since 1921. AATCC, headquartered in Research Triangle Park, N.C., USA, provides test method development, quality control materials, and professional networking for members internationally.

Change to the UBS Board of Directors

Beatrice Weder di Mauro not standing for re-election at the forthcoming Annual General Meeting after serving on the UBS Group AG and UBS AG Board for nine years.

Beatrice Weder di Mauro

The UBS Board of Directors announced on January 15, 2021, that Beatrice Weder di Mauro is not standing for re-election to the Board of Directors of UBS Group AG and UBS AG. She has informed the Board of her decision to step down after serving since 2012.

UBS Chairman Axel A. Weber: “We will miss Beatrice’s experience and expertise in international economic and financial matters. She has consistently provided important insight to the Board and to me personally. Over the last year, she has increasingly been called upon to advise international government institutions on the economic crisis resulting from COVID-19. We thank Beatrice for her nine years of invaluable collaboration, work and outstanding service and wish her all the best for her future endeavors.”

Claudia Böckstiegel and Patrick Firmenich to be nominated for election to the Board of Directors of UBS Group AG and UBS AG at the upcoming Annual General Meeting

The Board of Directors of UBS Group AG announced on January 26, 2021, that it will nominate Claudia Böckstiegel and Patrick Firmenich for election to the Board at the Annual General Meeting on  April 8, 2021.

Claudia Böckstiegel (captions courtesy by Roche)

Claudia Böckstiegel (born 1964) has been General Counsel and member of the Enlarged Executive Committee of Roche Holding AG since 2020. She joined Roche in 2001 in Germany and subsequently held several global legal leadership positions based in Switzerland. Ms. Böckstiegel commenced her professional career as an attorney in private practise in Germany. She completed her law studies in Heidelberg and obtained a Master of Laws (LL.M.) from Georgetown University, Washington D.C. Ms. Böckstiegel is a Swiss and German citizen.

Patrick Firmenich, caption courtesy by Handelszeitung

Patrick Firmenich (born 1962) has been the Chairman of the Board of Firmenich International SA, the world’s largest privately-owned perfume and taste company, since 2016. He was Firmenich’s CEO from 2002 to 2014 and has been a member of its Board of Directors since 2002. He joined Firmenich in 1990 and held various senior management positions, such as Corporate Vice President, Vice President of Fine Fragrance Worldwide and Président Directeur Général at Firmenich & Cie in Paris. Prior to joining, Mr. Firmenich held several positions in the legal and banking sectors. Mr. Firmenich is a board member of Jacobs Holding AG, INSEAD and INSEAD World Foundation. Additionally, he is a member of the Advisory Council of the Swiss Board Institute. He holds a master’s degree in law from the University of Geneva and was admitted to the bar in 1987 in Geneva. He also holds an MBA from INSEAD and is a Swiss citizen.

UBS Chairman Axel A. Weber commented: “I am very pleased to announce the nomination of Claudia Böckstiegel and Patrick Firmenich for election to the Board. Adding two such experienced executives complements the Board’s skills with excellent Swiss and global legal expertise that comes from a highly regulated industry as well as a wealth of experience as Chairman and CEO of a global leading Swiss company. I greatly look forward to working with them on the Board.”