BAUER’S BOARD: A new board has been named for Eddie Bauer Holdings Inc., the company established as the parent company of retailer Eddie Bauer upon the company’s emergence from Chapter 11 reorganization. The nine-member board includes John C. Brouillard, chief administrative and chief financial officer of H.E. Butt Grocery Co.; William Thomas End, former chairman and chief executive officer of Cornerstone Brands Inc.; Howard Gross, former ceo, Hub Distributing, Millers Outposts, Levi’s Outlet Stores; Paul E. Kirincic, executive vice president, human resources and communication, McKesson Corp.; Fabian Mansson, president and ceo of Eddie Bauer and former ceo of H&M; Kenneth M. Reiss, managing partner of the New York Office, assurance and advisory practice, of Ernst & Young; Laurie M. Shahon, president and founder, Wilton Capital; Edward M. Straw, vice admiral, U.S. Navy (ret.) and former president of global operations, Estee Lauder Cos., and Stephen E. Watson, former president and ceo, Gander Mountain LLC. Spiegel, Eddie Bauer’s former parent, was controlled by German-based Otto GmbH. Last year Otto sold its Spiegel and Newport News catalogues to Pangea Holdings Ltd. Spiegel filed for bankruptcy in 2003.
SILVER EXITS: Francois Baufume, who joined Christofle in April 2004, is already exiting the French tableware firm after what sources described as a disagreement with shareholders. Baufume, a former president of Christian Dior and Kenzo, said he will exit the French luxury silversmith at the end of the month. He will be succeeded by Nicolas Abboud, the company’s general manager.
FOUR-STAR DINING: On June 6, several of America’s top chefs will transform Rockefeller Center into a gourmet food festival where 1,200 New York business leaders, socialites, food enthusiasts, chefs and restaurateurs will dine and dance to benefit Citymeals-on-Wheels. The evening will feature 35 tasting stations offering gourmet selections from New York chefs such as Daniel Boulud (Daniel), Edward Brown (the Sea Grill), Frank Crispo (Crispo), Marc Forgione (BLT), Nobu Mastuhisa (Nobu) and Charlie Palmer (Aureole). Renowned national chefs such as Wolfgang Puck (Spago, Beverly Hills), Joachim Splichal (Patina, Los Angeles) and Charlie Trotter (Charlie Trotter’s, Chicago) will also present signature dishes. The event takes place from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., and Citymeals hopes to raise over $1 million to help feed the homebound elderly in New York City.