In Brief: New HR Chief For Penney … Ricci and Reebok … Industry Backs Safe Horizon …
NEW HR CHIEF FOR PENNEY: In his first appointment since taking over the reins at J.C. Penney, chief executive Myron Ullman on Monday named Michael Theilmann as the retailer's executive vice president, chief human resources and...
NEW HR CHIEF FOR PENNEY: In his first appointment since taking over the reins at J.C. Penney, chief executive Myron Ullman on Monday named Michael Theilmann as the retailer's executive vice president, chief human resources and administration officer. Theilmann, formerly of Yum Brands, joins the broadlines retailer on June 1. Theilmann, 41, succeeds Gary Davis, 62, who joined the retailer in 1964 as a trainee. Davis served as chief human resources and administration officer since 1996. Davis was elected executive vice president in 1998, and recently announced his plans to retire after 41 years with J.C. Penney.
RICCI AND REEBOK: Actress Christina Ricci is a new face for Reebok. In ads breaking later this month, Ricci will be featured in the athletic company's "I Am What I Am" advertising campaign, and actor John Leguizamo, Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling and Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb also will be in the new round of ads. The company kicked off the campaign in March, its biggest marketing expenditure in nearly a decade. In a separate development, Reebok said it will be the title sponsor of the Reebok Grand Prix, a global track and field invitational. The meet will be held at the new Icahn Stadium in New York on June 11.
INDUSTRY BACKS SAFE HORIZON: Ali and Joe Torre will be honored by actress Lorraine Bracco at the 10th annual Safe Horizon Champion Awards luncheon today at the 69th Regiment Armory in New York. This year's Liz Claiborne Champion award will be presented to Catherine Hawas, a survivor of domestic violence, by Paul R. Charron, chief executive officer of Liz Claiborne Inc. Other industry executives expected are Eugenia Ulasewicz, president of Burberry, as well as representatives from Phillips-Van Heusen, Jones New York, C-IN2, Limited Brands and Bloomingdale's. Safe Horizon is a nonprofit victims' assistance organization, whose mission is to provide support, prevent violence and promote justice for victims of crime and abuse, as well as their families and communities.
SEARS' ORCHARD ON BLOCK: Sears Holding Corp. is pursuing its first possible divestiture since the Sears merger with Kmart. The company said on Monday that it is exploring "strategic alternatives" for the separation of its Orchard Supply Hardware chain, which could include either a sale of the business or an initial public offering. "Sears Holdings is focusing its management attention and capital on the opportunities in our core business presented by the merger of Sears and Kmart," according to Alan J. Lacy, vice chairman and chief executive officer of Sears Holdings, in a statement. Lacy added that the aim was to provide the 82-unit hardware and garden supply chain capital to grow its store base while at the same time providing value to Sears Holdings.
For its next men’s wear collection, @roberto_cavalli will show as a special guest at #PittiUomo, running from June 12-15. The brand, which has Florence in its roots, will relaunch its men’s wear collection, which will be presented separately from women’s wear for the first time since Paul Surridge was appointed creative director in May. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
“I was making the guacamole when my scout saw me,” says model @stuckinteenage on being discovered just six months ago while working at @chipotlemexicangrill. Since then Williams has signed with @dnamodels, walked in her first show at @calvinklein and landed on the cover of @vogueitalia – a high point of any model’s career. To read @lisajlockwood’s full interview with the model on her experiences thus far, head to WWD.com – link in bio. (📷: George Chinsee)
“I love the idea of dialogue, period. It’s where I’ve always gotten my inspiration from: hearing other women speak, their journeys and their paths,” said @hereisgina, who delivered the keynote speech at the @sxsw conference for @createcultivate, the online platform and conference series for women. For her two panels, Rodriguez chose female empowering, female-led and female entrepreneurs to focus on. Head to WWD.com to read more about her thoughts on Time’s Up, growing up in a family of women and why we “need a girls’ club.” #wwdeye #sxsw (📷: @jgreenery)
Leading luxury brand are shaking things up to keep up with streetwear. Case in point: the arrival of @mrkimjones as artistic director of @diorhomme. Jones, who succeeds @Kris_Van_Assche, is seen as one of the handful of designers who can actually straddle the luxury and streetwear worlds — which could lead to even more changes at established brands. What could this mean for the rest of the menswear landscape? Head to WWD.com to find out what experts predict #wwdfashion (📷: @franckmura)
“It’s like buying groceries. You’re going to buy the best mango, the best mozzarella, the best things. You have to, or others are going to take it all,” said @gabrielahearst on why she uses only the finest fabrics. Last week, Hearst received her first @cfda nomination for Womenswear Designer of the Year, and earlier this month she opened a permanent showroom in Paris. To read @jessiredale’s interview with the designer and find out why this is shaping up to be a big year for her, head to WWD.com. #wwdfashion (📷: @francoisgoize)
“It’s an interesting thing, playing a younger version of your mother. It’s an interesting concept. I adore my mom and love her in every capacity, but it was just something that had never crossed my mind,” says @anniemstarke on playing a young Joan Castleman in “The Wife.” The same role will be played by her mother Glenn Close. Read more about her growing up in the film industry as the daughter of producer John H. Starke and Close and what she has planned for the future #wwdeye (📷: @nataliamantini)
@asics is launching a new streetwear sneaker inspired by its latest ambassador, @steveaoki. The Hyper-Kenzen x Aoki, which will launch at @footlocker stores exclusively tomorrow, is a slip-on style that incorporates the brand’s proprietary Gel technology through beads integrated into the midsole for comfort and endurance. Read the full story on WWD.com.