Neiman Marcus Group has named Michael R. Kingston senior vice president and chief information officer, marking the luxury retailer’s second high-level appointment of the week.
Kingston succeeds Phillip Maxwell, who earlier this month announced his retirement. Also last week, Joshua Schulman, the former chief executive officer of Jimmy Choo, was named president of the Bergdorf Goodman division of NMG.
Kingston was executive vice president of enterprise transformation and technology at Ann Inc., which operates the Loft and Ann Taylor specialty chains. He was responsible for a restructuring and transformation program. Earlier, Kingston served as vice president, applications at Coach Inc. and international director of information services at LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton.
“Michael Kingston is the perfect choice for us to lead our information technology team,” said Karen Katz, president and chief executive officer of Neiman Marcus. “The use of new technology and integrated systems is key to our omni-channel strategies. Michael’s background in the retail industry, combined with his impressive skills planning, designing, implementing, and supporting applications for large multinational corporations will blend perfectly with our very talented management team.”
“I’m looking forward to working with the high-performing team at the Neiman Marcus Group as it continues to grow its share of the luxury market with distinctive merchandise and superior service,” said Kingston.
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“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