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Retail appointments of the week

(Source: Net-A-Porter)

Yoox Net-A-Porter appoints interim chief executive

International fashion brand Yoox Net-A-Porter has appointed Alison Loehnis as interim chief executive, after former CEO Geoffroy Lefebrvre exited the business to pursue an entrepreneurial career.

According to Charged Retail, Loehnis will start in the position on 31 October, and will lead the business until the sale of approximately 50 per cent of its shares to Farfetch is complete, at which point an external CEO will be appointed.

Loehnis currently serves as the president of Net-A-Porter, Mr Porter and The Outnet, and started at the company in 2007. As interim CEO, Loehnis will report to the business’ current owner Richemont’s chief executive Jérôme Lambert.

“On behalf of the group, I would like to wish Geoffroy all the best for his future endeavours,” said Lambert.

“I’d also like to express my support and gratitude for Alison as she steps into this interim role. A long-time champion of our customers, Alison is a passionate leader who will continue to steer the business and its talented teams as Yoox Net-A-Porter enters an exciting new chapter.”

According to Business of Fashion, analysts and investors have welcomed the buy-up, which could pave the way for Farfetch to dominate luxury e-commerce. 

Pond’s announces new global brand director

Marketing veteran Jopa Malantic has been named global brand director of Pond’s, which is owned by Unilever. In the role, Malantic will focus on the revitalisation of Pond’s as a ‘future-proof brand’, forging a connection with younger customers, and leading the business’ operations in Southeast Asia.

“Innovation is always at the heart of Pond’s,” said Malantic. “This entails utilising the latest scientific technologies and the most effective ingredients to deliver the best experience to our consumers and customers.

“Together with the beauty and wellbeing Unilever team across the markets, we will continue to build on the Pond’s culture.”

As part of the business’ revitalisation, Malantic will also focus on transforming Pond’s’ digital marketing programs and capabilities. 

Mirvac CEO and chair retire, making way for new leadership

Property group Mirvac has announced the upcoming retirement of chief executive and managing director Susan Lloyd-Hurwitz, as well as chair John Mulcahy.

Lloyd-Hurwitz will exit the role at the end of June 2023, providing time for Mirvac to hire her successor and transition them into the role, while Mulcahy will leave the board on 31 December. Rob Sindel, a non-executive director at Mirvac, will take over as chair effective 1 January.

“This is the right time for both Sue and I to leave Mirvac and hand the baton over to the next generation of leaders at Mirvac,” Mulcahy said.

“Not only has Sue helped deliver exceptional places and projects across Australia’s major cities, but she has also ensured that we have retained a reputation for quality, for care, for being a leader in sustainability and innovation, and for being a trusted partner.

“In my many years of working in corporate Australia and working with many CEOs, I believe that Sue is a true leader of our time, and I have no doubt she will continue to achieve great things.”

Lloyd-Hurwitz said she was humbled by her tenure at Mirvac, and that the decision to leave wasn’t easy.

Myer’s general manager of omni experience exits

Nicola Clement, Myer’s general manager of omni experience, has said she is exiting her role at the department store retailer to pursue an MBA at Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford next year. 

Clement has been in the role for three-and-a-half years and will finish up on 16 November. 

“On reflection, I’ve realised I can’t excel at my studies and also excel in my full time role… so I’ve made the tough decision to hand in my notice,” Clement wrote on LinkedIn.

At Myer, Clement was responsible for leading the business’ digital strategy and end-to-end customer experience across all of its channels, and previously served as head of digital experience. 

Clement also co-founded We Talk, a business focusing on increasing the diversity, representation and inclusion of speakers at industry events, webinars and conferences across Australia and New Zealand.

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