Travis, who will assume her new position on August 20, replaces the retiring Richard W. Kunes, who said in August 2011 that he would retire from his current role on June 30, 2012, at the end of Lauder’s fiscal year. Kunes has been named executive vice president and senior advisor to the chief executive officer, and will work on special projects after assisting Travis through the transition.
In her new role, Travis will report jointly to William Lauder, executive chairman, and Fabrizio Freda, president and ceo.
Travis most recently was senior vice president and chief financial officer of the Ralph Lauren Corp., where she oversaw global finance, internal audits, treasury, tax, business development, investor relations and global information technology. Before joining Ralph Lauren, Travis was senior vice president of finance and chief financial officer of intimate brands for Limited Brands Inc.
“[Tracey’s] broad background in all facets of global finance will be a tremendous asset to our growing organization,” Lauder said. “I also want to thank Rick for his immeasurable contributions as cfo for the last 12 years. Under his tenure, the company has achieved record financial results. Among his many accomplishments, he has helped implement greater financial discipline and developed a strong team that has positioned us as the leader in global prestige beauty.”
Added Freda: “I am looking forward to working closely with Tracey as we continue to implement the company’s successful long-term growth and profitability improvement strategy and strive for even greater global financial successes in the years ahead. Tracey has valuable business experience in consumer products, luxury brands, operations and finance and we believe her skills and background will be a terrific fit with our company and will help us continue to drive value creation for our stockholders.”
In her new role, Travis will be a member of Lauder’s executive leadership team, program management team, investment development committee, fiduciary investment committee and corporate risk management committee.
“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
Sneaker reselling app @goat’s latest exhibit, "The Greatest: New York," tells the story of New York's sneaker culture. To celebrate the exhibit, an intimate crowd gathered on Thursday night at the pop-up gallery space, located at Platform in Culver City, to hear guest speaker and illustrator @esymai talk about her own rise in streetwear and women in the business. "For me I'm just someone who is creative. I like to create things," said Chang. #wwdfashion
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