Tory Burch is beefing up her team with the hiring of six new executives.
Vicki Cantrell has joined the contemporary sportswear firm as chief operating and chief information officer. Most recently, Cantrell spent five years at Giorgio Armani, where she was senior vice president and cio. In her new post, Cantrell is responsible for Burch's international and domestic operations as well as information technology.
Elisa del Pos has been named general manager and vice president of sales for Europe. She had been at Donna Karan for 12 years, where she most recently was vice president of sales, international.
Scott Herckis has been named vice president of finance. Previously, he was at Charles Nolan Apparel LLC as chief financial officer. Prior to that, he worked at firms such as Elie Tahari and London Fog. In his new role, he will be responsible for financial reporting, budgeting and forecasting.
JoAnn Slattery has been appointed vice president of sales, ready-to-wear. She joins from Burberry, where she worked for eight years, most recently as vice president, women's rtw and children's. At Tory Burch, she will oversee wholesale sales for the brand's apparel.
Lydia Forstmann has joined as vice president of sales for Japan and Asia. Previously, she was at Coach, where she worked as director of sales for Asia.
Kate Macaluso has been named director of marketing. She joins from the Gucci Group, where she worked for nine years in various roles. Most recently, she was the director of marketing and creative services. She will oversee marketing initiatives as well as events.
All the new hires are based in the company's New York headquarters. Eventually, del Pos will move into the new Tory Burch Milan showroom, which is set to open in September.
Cantrell, del Pos, Slattery and Forstmann report to Brigitte Kleine, president of Tory Burch. Herckis reports to Reepal Shah, cfo. Macaluso reports to Samantha Gregory, vice president of global communications.
"We are growing so quickly, so we need to build out the organization," said Kleine, adding that she's on the hunt for additional executives to work in buying and planning for retail and design, as well as internationally.
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
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