HONG KONG: Esprit unveils management shake-up
Fashion brand and retailer Esprit has announced a number of new management appointments a month after the company, which is in the midst of a transformation plan, reported the departure of its CEO Ronald van der Vis.
As part of the shake-up, Marcella Wartenbergh has been appointed to the newly created role of president of the company's women's division.
Wartenbergh will also head the women's casual division as global business manager from September. She most recently served as senior vice president of women's wear for Tommy Hilfiger Europe.
In addition, Raphael Heinold has been promoted to global business manager for the women's collection, replacing Brigitte Danielmeyer, who will leave the company in September. Heinold most recently served as head of product management for the casual women's business.
Francisco Droege has been named product manager of the company's new trend division. He has previously worked at clothing retailer Mango.
And Rob Griffiths will join Esprit as president of its men's division, a newly created role. He will also be responsible for managing the men's casual division as global business manager. Griffiths previously worked for Bench as head of product and marketing.
In addition, Mike Ross, who is currently heading the men's casual division, will now focus on the Lighthouse initiative, a concept store in Cologne, Germany. His role will include merchandise management for Lighthouse stores.
Within Esprit's licensing business, Ursula Buck, executive director of license products, has left the company due to personal reasons. Maria Pambori has joined the retailer from Procter & Gamble Group as head of global license/product.
Esprit says the new executive structure will enable it to ensure creative alignment between all product divsions while making the most of opportunities for each business segment.
Separately, the company told just-style it has completed the implementation of a new sourcing, product and design structure across its business.
In addition, the product organisation has executed two more initiatives as part of the strategy, including the introduction of trend and denim divisions.
Last month, Esprit said its comparable store sales swung to a positive 0.5% during its third quarter, and that its China design centre and trend division are progressing according to the transformation plan.
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