Michael Kors Holdings Ltd. has promoted two executives to new posts. Philippa Newman has been named president, accessories and footwear, and Michele Chan has been named president, women’s ready-to-wear.
Newman reports to Anna Bakst, group president, accessories and footwear, and Chan reports to Gia Castrogiovanni, group president, women’s ready-to-wear.
According to John D. Idol, chairman and chief executive officer of Michael Kors, “Anna and Gia will remain with the company in their current positions to facilitate a smooth transition of roles and responsibilities to their successors over the next year.” He said the promotions are the result of the company’s succession planning process and its training and development initiatives.
Newman joined Kors in 2003 and currently serves as senior vice president, European sales and merchandising for accessories, footwear, women’s ready-to-wear and men’s wear. Earlier she was director of sales for women’s Collection in the U.S. Prior to joining Michael Kors, Newman was in various sales and merchandising posts at Calvin Klein, Donna Karan, Alexander McQueen and Tory Burch.
Chan joined Michael Kors in 2007 and presently is senior vice president, retail merchandising. Earlier, she was vice president, retail merchandising. Prior to joining Michael Kors, Chan spent more than a decade in various merchandising roles at Lord & Taylor and Ann Taylor.
Idol said both Chan and Newman have made strong contributions to the company during their tenure. “Philippa has contributed significantly to the growth of our European business over the past seven years, as she worked to solidify partnerships with department and specialty stores across the region. Michele has been instrumental in growing our retail business, as she built the infrastructure in our retail stores both domestically and internationally,” he said.