The 5th Avenue Coach store.

Kevin G. Wills has been named chief financial officer of Coach Inc., effective no later than March.

He succeeds Jane Nielsen, who departed Coach last August to become cfo of Ralph Lauren Corp. Andrea Shaw Resnick, who has held the post of interim cfo since that time, will continue as global head of investor relations and corporate communications.

Since March 2014, Wills had been managing director and cfo of AlixPartners LLP, a global business advisory firm. He was responsible for all financial management, capital restructuring and mergers and acquisitions. Earlier, he was executive vice president and cfo of Saks Inc., owner of Saks Fifth Avenue, saks.com and Off 5th franchises, where he worked for about 16 years in various finance, strategic planning, administration and operations positions. He played an instrumental role in Saks’ sale to Hudson’s Bay Co.

Willis is also chairman of the board of Healthways Inc., where he has been a director since 2012.

“Kevin brings nearly 30 years of broad-based and relevant retail and finance experience to Coach. His expertise and strong operational track record make him a valuable addition to the leadership team,” said Victor Luis, chief executive officer of Coach. “As we continue to execute our transformation plan, I have confidence that in Kevin we are adding a proven strategic partner who will be an important part of Coach Inc.’s next chapter of growth as a multibrand company.”