Eric Wiseman is reorganizing the executive ranks at VF Corp. to coincide with his transition to chief executive officer on Jan. 1. Wiseman is currently president and chief operating officer.
The changes are being spearheaded by the departure of George Derhofer, senior vice president of global operations. The company said Derhofer will retire at the end of the year after 13 years with the company. There are no plans to name a replacement.
"George brought to VF a rare combination of business, operations and financial skills, together with an inspirational leadership style and a true passion for the business," said Mackey McDonald, chairman and outgoing ceo, in a statement.
Ed Doran, president of VF's imagewear segment, and Boyd Rogers, president of supply chain, will now report to Wiseman. Martin Schneider, chief information officer, will report to Bob Shearer, chief financial officer.
Derhofer was the cfo of Nutmeg Industries when the company was acquired by VF in 1994. From 1996 to 2000, he served as president of VF's knitwear division before being appointed chairman of the knitwear and workwear coalitions. In May 2005 Derhofer was tapped to head a new global supply organization with responsibility for all manufacturing, sourcing, operations and information technology.
VF also said Mike Gannaway has been named vice president of Direct/Customer Teams, responsible for coordinating retail and e-commerce strategies among VF's business segments. He will also take on responsibility for the outlet division. Steve Fritz, president of the outlet division, will report to Gannaway, who has been serving as vice president of customer management.
“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.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa's “I-did-it-my-way” ethos stood out starkly at a time when brands are experimenting with consumer-facing fashion shows, coed formats and trans-seasonal collections – anything to perk up lackluster sales of ready-to-wear in an age of Insta-everything. “It’s not creation anymore. This becomes a purely industrial approach,” the late designer told WWD in an interview last year. “But anyway, the rhythm of collections is so stupid. It’s unsustainable. There are too many collections.” Read more about the iconic designer’s life and work on wwd.com, link in bio. #wwdfashion #azzedinealaia (📷: @WWD Archive, 1986) #alaia
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Azzedine Alaïa, one of the most iconic couturiers of the modern era whose body-con designs defined Eighties fashion, has died in Paris. The diminutive Tunisian-born designer, known for his structured knitted dresses with fitted waists and impeccably cut, figure-hugging second skin silhouettes was deeply admired by his peers, and counted supermodel Naomi Campbell - his adoptive daughter - among his inner circle, one of a gang of glamazons including Farida Khelfa, Carla Bruni and Stephanie Seymour who became ambassadors of his style. (📷: Alexandre Guirkinger) #wwdblast