This week’s need-to-know fashion retail people moves
Sloggi has promoted Alex Cara to the new role of global head of omnichannel. Paul Gautier replaces Cara as general manager for Northern Europe.
Cara joined the bodywear brand in September 2017 as general manager for Northern Europe. Gautier previously worked in a variety of roles at Puma Group, including global marketing director.
Selfridges has promoted customer director Simon Forster to the position of managing director of retail arm Selfridges & Co, as current MD Anne Pitcher takes on responsibility for the wider group.
Paul Kelly, currently managing director of Selfridges Group, will take up a new position as managing director of the group’s property arm, Wittington Property Investments, in the UK and Europe.
Jil Sander has named Axel Keller as its new CEO.
Keller joined the fashion house in February 2018 as commercial director, after holding the same position at Balenciaga for 15 years.
Olymp Bezner has appointed Lasse Holger Mitterhusen as its new head of design for its business segment.
Mitterhusen was previously head of creative management for Boss Orange menswear before joining German menswear company Baldessarini GmbH & Co in 2014 as creative director.
Boux Avenue has appointed Michael Kerr as its first chief executive.
Kerr has spent 35 years at Marks & Spencer in a variety of roles, and was most recently director of menswear and kidswear.
United Colours of Benetton
United Colors of Benetton has appointed Jean-Charles de Castelbajac as its new artistic director of both men’s and women’s collections.
Castelbajac was guest artistic director this year at Paris Biennale exhibition, and throughout his career has collaborated with Max Mara, Ellesse and Le Coq Sportif amongst others.