JONES’ EXECUTIVE MOVE: Howard Zwilling has been promoted to group chief executive officer for Jones moderate sportswear at Jones Apparel Group. Zwilling had been president of the moderate sportswear group, responsible for the Erika and Pappagallo brands. His new responsibilities include the moderate sportswear brands Norton McNaughton, Nine & Co., Joneswear, Bandolino, Evan-Picone and Rena Rowan. Jones is conducting a search to fill Zwilling’s previous post. He continues to report to Lynne Cote, ceo for wholesale sportswear, suits and dresses.
TANDY APPOINTMENT: Tandy Brands Accessories has appointed Jane Batts as president of its women’s division. Batts, who was most recently president of the Dallas office of talent agency Strategic Transitions Inc., began her new role this week. She will report to J.S.B. Jenkins, president and chief executive officer of Tandy Brands. “This is part of a strategic move to drive business in women’s accessories,” said Jenkins of the appointment. “Batts has a lot of experience developing brands. We hope with her on board to build up what he have today and look to new opportunities.” Tandy Brands designs, manufactures and markets men’s, children’s and women’s accessories under various brand names and private labels, and holds the licenses for Levi’s, Levi Strauss Signature and Docker accessories. Key products for the 80-year-old brand, which incorporated in 1990, include belts, wallets, handbags, socks, scarves and cold-weather and hair accessories. The company reported net sales of $221 million in 2005.
TORRID HEAD LEAVES: Patricia Van Cleave, president of the Torrid division of Hot Topic Inc., resigned from the company to pursue other interests. Betsy McLaughlin, president and chief executive officer of Hot Topic, will serve as the interim leader for Torrid. The company’s December 2005 comp-store sales were down 6.2 percent, and the company revised its fourth-quarter earnings guidance down to 21 to 24 cents per diluted share from 30 to 38 cents per share. Hot Topic operates 121 Torrid stores, which focuses on young, plus-size women.
KURZ RESIGNATION: Seven For All Mankind confirmed Tuesday that Andreas Kurz resigned as chief executive officer. Kurz’s departure was first reported in WWD on Monday. He was brought on as ceo in March after Bear Stearns Merchant Banking acquired a 50 percent stake in the premium denim company. Kurz has assumed a new role as an adviser on business development in the Asian and Pacific regions, the company said.