MARINO OUT AT KATE SPADE: Robin Marino, president and chief operating officer of Kate Spade Inc., is leaving to become president of merchandising at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. In her new position, Marino will be in charge of product lines including Martha Stewart Everyday housewares and Martha Stewart Signature furniture and paint. Marino, who previously held executive positions with Burberry, Donna Karan International and Polo Ralph Lauren, spent six years at Kate Spade. Andy Spade, the company’s chief executive officer, will assume her duties.

CHICO’S TAPS EXECS: Chico’s FAS Inc. has appointed two senior executives to newly created posts: Brett Avner, 56, has been named senior vice president of human resources, and Terri Meichner, 46, has been named senior vice president and general merchandising manager for Soma by Chico’s, its intimate apparel concept store. Avner’s responsibilities include succession planning and performance management. Avner’s career background includes 12 years as vice president of human resources at Victoria’s Secret Stores. He reports to Scott A. Edmonds, president and chief executive officer of Chico’s. Meichner joins Chico’s from United Retail Group, where she was senior vice president of Avenue Body. She will oversee product development, merchandising, planning and allocation and vendor relations. She reports to Patricia Murphy Kerstein, executive vice president and chief merchandising officer of Chico’s.

PULITZER’S NEW VP: Michael Wallace has been promoted to vice president of wholesale at Lilly Pulitzer. Wallace is responsible for the development and oversight of the company’s wholesale business, working closely with Scott Beaumont, chief executive officer, and James Bradbeer, president, to whom Wallace reports. For the past four years, Wallace had been director of sales.

TURNAROUND FIRM GETS FASHION TIPS: Fashion industry executive Emanuele Pedrotti on Wednesday was named a director at Alix Partners, a corporate turnaround firm. Pedrotti, based in Milan, will work on assignments worldwide. His most recent position was as senior vice president at Donna Karan in New York, where he assisted with the restructuring of the firm’s activities. Further experience includes posts as division manager at Dolce & Gabbana Industria working on the supply and market side of the business, and general manager at Hitman, the research and development arm of the Cerruti group. Prior to industry posts, he was a consultant for 12 years, which included a stint at A.T. Kearney in Milan, where he focused on projects for fashion, retail and consumer goods firms across Europe.

This story first appeared in the May 12, 2005 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

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