SHOPKO CHIEF: Sam Duncan has joined ShopKo Stores Inc., the Green Bay, Wis.-based regional discounter, as president and chief executive officer. Duncan, who previously was president of Fred Meyer Corp. in Portland, Ore., succeeds William Podany who, as reported, resigned in April. Jeffrey Girard, who had acted as interim ceo since Podany’s departure, remains with the firm as vice chairman of finance and administration and will report to Duncan. ShopKo operates 366 discount stores under the ShopKo and Pamida banners in 23 states.
SEVENTH-INNING STRETCH: It doesn’t look like the Fila saga is going to end anytime soon. Majority shareholder Holding di Partecipazioni Industriali has been trying to sell its stake in the money-losing sports group for over a year. But HdP chief executive Maurizio Romiti appears to be backtracking. Romiti told analysts in Milan that talks are continuing with prospective buyers, but he also said HdP is ready to reorganize the company if it can’t strike a deal. “We’ll pull the company off the market and we’ll restructure it,” he said. HdP has identified those in talks as investment funds Continental and Golden Gate, as well as jeans maker VF Corp.
OSCAR’S NEW GUEST: Yvonne Guest has left Carlos Falchi and joined Oscar de la Renta Ltd. as executive vice president of accessories. Guest took over the duties formerly held by Sharon Splawn, who left the firm, a company spokeswoman said. She reports to Jeffrey Aronsson, president and chief executive officer. Oscar de la Renta accessories were launched last year and account for about 10 percent of the firm’s total sales, which are estimated at about $50 million for collection. The company also named Alexandra Reyes as assistant accessories director, a new position. Falchi has named two new account executives who will take over the responsibilities formerly held by Guest. Hanora Rosen will oversee handbag sales and Anneliese John has taken over the shoe area.
DUNCAN SMITH’S MOVE: David Duncan Smith, who left his post as chief executive of the London-based Luxury Brands Group earlier this year, has joined Yohji Yamamoto as international commercial director. He was brought in to develop and roll out Yamamoto’s brands, and especially Y’s and Y-3, the new tie-up with Adidas. Yamamoto showed that line for the first time during the latest round of Paris ready-to-wear shows. Duncan Smith is based in London and reports to Peter Sells, president of Yamamoto’s international division. Previously, Duncan Smith was managing director of Prada Group and Louis Vuitton in the U.K.