By  on January 11, 2005

NEW YORK — In a flurry of executive changes at The Doneger Group, Thomas Burns, senior vice president, will oversee Doneger Creative Services, the firm’s trend and color forecasting division, while continuing to oversee client servicing, new business development and the HDA International division.

Creative directors David Wolfe, Pat Tunsky, Chris Gilbert and Jamie Ross, the creative services sales team and the Margit Publications division will report to Burns, who will coordinate their activities with the merchandising division. 

Doneger, a leading buying office and fashion merchandising consulting firm, also announced some additions to the team. Ray Hewins has become director of sales at Doneger Creative Services, after serving as vice president at and before that spending 16 years at Pantone. Cheryl Nowak has been named merchandise manager for men’s and children’s, after serving as executive vice president of Boom Club. 

In other internal shifts, four market specialists were named: Lauren Pestronk for contemporary sportswear; Jonna Wenzel for popular handbags and jewelry and junior accessories; Arta Isovski for fashion accessories and gifts, and Melissa Galit for moderate to better handbags and jewelry. Lucia Bernal has become manager of HDA International, succeeding Audrey Albertal, who left the company.

Deborah Rudinsky, in addition to her responsibilities as merchandise manager, will focus on the development of the bridge handbag, jewelry and fashion accessory departments.

The Doneger Group has also entered into a relationship with The Design Library, an archive of textile design containing over five million documentary designs including prints, jacquards, yarn dyes and original artwork. Doneger clients will have access to the library for projects ranging from initial seasonal planning and development to logo and branding development. The 30-year-old Design Library is headed by Peter Koepke, chief executive officer, and Richard Weissman, president.

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