While fashion’s top creative directors have been switching seats with quite a bit of frequency lately, so too have the industry’s key business executives. Here is a look at some of the most recent executive-level swaps at key fashion brands, including (but not limited to) Alexander Wang, Alexander McQueen, Provenza Schouler (pictured above), Hugo Boss and Amazon Fashion.
Alexander McQueen (5/3/16) – French luxury firm Kering Tuesday appointed Emmanuel Gintzburger as CEO of its fashion label Alexander McQueen as the firm further shuffles top executives following the departure of star designer Hedi Slimane from the group. Mr. Gintzburger previously worked under Mr. Slimane as world-wide and wholesale director at label Yves Saint Laurent. He will replace Jonathan Akeroyd on May 9.
Alexander Wang (5/4/16) – Rodrigo Bazan has stepped down as president at Alexander Wang to join Thom Browne as CEO. Bazan joined the Wang in December 2010 and oversaw the roll-out of 27 new stores.
Burberry (6/10/16) - Burberry's chief operations officer, John Smith, is stepping down, depriving joint-CEO and Chief Creative Officer, Christopher Bailey of a key ally. Smith is leaving to pursue new interests and will exit the board by summer next year. He had been in the COO role since March 2013, having previously served as a non-executive director.
Amazon Fashion (4/21/16) – Amazon just shut down MyHabit.com, its daily flash sale site that launched in 2011. But the CEO of MyHabit will remain at Amazon and build its newly expanding fashion team. Garth Mader, the CEO of MyHabit, has already moved on to Amazon Fashion as its general manager. He is in charge of hiring and building the fashion team.
Carven (5/17/16) – Carven has a a new owner and a new chief executive officer. Bluebell Group, which recently took a majority stake in the company, has named one of their executives, Sophie de Rougemont, to the role of chief executive officer. A formal announcement regarding de Rougemont's role is expected this week. Carven's current CEO, Henri Sebaoun, will step down from his role. He will fill the position of managing director where he will report to de Rougemont.
Escada (4/27/16) – Escada has appointed Iris Epple-Righi as chief executive officer, effective September 1. Epple Righi joins from Calvin Klein, where she was president brand management for Calvin Klein Europe. She succeeds June McMahon who stepped down last July, citing personal reasons.
Furla (5/4/16) – Furla's Eraldo Poletto is stepping down from his role as CEO of the luxury Italian brand. According to a press release issued by Furla, Poletto will be exiting the brand to pursue "new professional objectives." Poletto will maintain his role as CEO until June 2016, and will join Salvatore Ferragamo in August.
Hugo Boss (5/16/16) – The German house has promoted its finance chief to lead a turnaround effort. Mark Langer will become both chief executive officer and chairman of the managing board, Metzingen, Germany-based Hugo Boss said in a statement Monday. He succeeds Claus-Dietrich Lahrs, who left earlier this year after a series of profit warnings and a plunge in the shares.
Proenza Schouler (6/14/16) - New York-based brand Proenza Schouler has appointed Selfridges's director of womenswear and accessories, Judd Crane, as its new CEO. Crane, who worked for the London department store for four years, will succeed Ron Frasch in the role come September.
Rag & Bone (6/15/16) - Co-chief executive officer of Rag & Bone, David Neville, will step down from his day-to-day role at Rag & Bone, while remaining a "significant" shareholder and board member. Marcus Wainwright will become the company’s sole CEO.
Ralph Lauren (6/10/16) - Ralph Lauren has hired the chief financial officer of handbag maker Coach Inc. as part of a bid to reinvigorate the 49-year-old brand with fresh management. Jane Nielsen will join the fashion house as CFO in September.
Salvatore Ferragamo (5/13/16) – Italian leather goods brand Salvatore Ferragamo will bring Eraldo Poletto on board as CEO effective August 2. Ferragamo’s longtime CEO Michele Norsa will step down this summer.
Thom Browne (5/5/16) – Rodrigo Bazan, who stepped down as president at Alexander Wang, will join New York-based brand Thom Browne as CEO. Bazan was also elected to TBI’s Board of Directors in addition to his appointment as CEO.
Versace (5/23/16) - Gianni Versace S.p.A. announced today that Jonathan Akeroyd has been appointed Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Akeroyd served as CEO of Alexander McQueen from 2004 until May 2016. He succeeds Gian Giacomo Ferraris, who joined Versace in 2009.