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.”
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