Fossil Inc. has added some new blood to its executive ranks.
The Richardson, Tex.-based watch and accessories maker has tapped Edward Robben as senior vice president and chief information officer, and Joanne Calabrese as senior vice president of retail merchandising.
Before joining Fossil, Robben served as senior vice president, chief information officer and executive board member for J.C. Penney Co. Inc. Robben will report to Fossil ceo Kosta Kartsotis.
Calabrese, who joins Fossil from JCR Consulting, a San Francisco-based retail consulting firm, will be responsible for the company’s direct merchandising and outlet concept strategy. Calabrese will report to president of retail Jennifer Pritchard.
Fossil also promoted Tom Kennedy to executive vice president. He had previously served as the company’s senior vice president of its retail division since 2009. In his new role, Kennedy, a former president of Pacific Sunwear of California Inc., will be responsible for the Fossil brand, including product development and creative. He will report to vice chairman Mark Quick.
“We are excited about leveraging Tom’s leadership skills and vast product experience in his new role within the company,” ceo Kartsotis said. “Additionally, we believe the additions of Ed and Joanne will be invaluable in building upon our global infrastructure and increasing the size of the Fossil footprint worldwide.”
Harrods plans to remove the famous statue of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed from the bottom of the Egyptian escalators and hand it back to Mohamed Al-Fayed. “We are very proud to have played our role in celebrating the lives of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed at Harrods and to have welcomed people from around the world to visit the memorial for the past 20 years,” said Michael Ward, Harrods managing director. “With the announcement of the new official memorial statue to Diana, Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace, we feel that the time is right to return this memorial to Mr. Al Fayed and for the public to be invited to pay their respects at the palace.” More on the news, with reporting by @loreleimarfil, at WWD.com. #wwdnews
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Quenum, creator of the fashion blog “J’ai Perdu Ma Veste,” was a fashion week fixture, and regularly shot for New York magazine’s The Cut, among other outlets, and brands such as Louis Vuitton, Moncler and Adidas. He was also actively involved in the #NoFreePhotos initiative, which kicked off in the fall. Read more about Quenum in @kbsmoke's story on WWD.com. #wwdnews
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