UNILEVER SWITCH: Michael Treschow, Swedish chairman of mobile phone maker Ericsson, is expected to be named the new chairman of Unilever, according to published reports over the weekend. Treschow would replace Antony Burgmans, who is expected to step down in May. Treschow, who is also head of the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise, would be confirmed early in 2007, according to reports.
COSTUME INSTITUTE EXECUTIVE: Nancy Aronson Chilton has joined the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute as senior press officer. She replaces Bernice Kwok-Gabel, who joined Hermès. Aronson Chilton has been a public relations consultant and writer since 1995. Before that she spent seven years at Polo Ralph Lauren, working on domestic and international publicity. At the Met, Aronson Chilton's duties will include overseeing public relations for exhibitions and the Costume Institute's annual gala benefit. She will report to Elyse Topalian, deputy vice president and chief communications officer of the Met.
CHANEL TAPS GROSGOGEAT: Chanel Inc. has named Laurent Grosgogeat as senior vice president of its watch and fine jewelry division. Grosgogeat, who succeeds Marc Hruschka, starts today and reports to Barbara Cirkva, division president of fashion, watches and fine jewelry. Grosgogeat was most recently deputy general manager of Cartier Italy, leading the retail network, and before that was managing director of Cartier Korea. Earlier, he was product manager of leather goods and accessories for LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton in Paris. At Chanel, Grosgogeat is responsible for the fine jewelry and watch divisions in the U.S. mainland, Hawaii and Guam. He will also lead the marketing strategy for the category.
Hermès is launching a Laundromat pop-up shop in NYC - dubbed Hermèsmatic - where customers can bring their old scarves to be dip-dyed by an expert. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews (📷: @donstahl)