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London - Topshop's Managing Director, Mary Homer, is set to leave her role after more than 30 years to lead the team at lifestyle retailer The White Company.

Homer's departure from Topshop, the fashion brand held by Sir Philip Green's Arcadia Group, is said to have been an "amicable" spilt. "It's very amicable," said Homer on her exit to the Financial Times. Homer, who first joined the team at Topshop as a merchandiser over 30 years ago, has served as the retailer's managing director for 11 years. She is set to replace The White Company's outing Chief Executive, Will Kernan, who left the company in February to oversee online sports specialist Wiggle.

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In her new role at the White Company, Homer is set to oversee the international expansion of the brand's presence, as the company prepares to open its first store in New York this June. “That’s really the tip of the iceberg,” added Homer. Her impending exit from Topshop comes weeks after Sir Philip Green finally agreed to contribute a large portion of his personal wealth to BHS Pension Fund to help plug the growing deficit.

Homer's exit also follows on from a string of exits from the Arcadia Group. Topshop/Topman retail director Craig McGregor left his role to take up the same position at Specsavers earlier this year as have Yasmin Yusuf, Miss Selfridge's Creative Director and Wesley Taylor, Burton's Managing Director. Sir Green is said to have begun his search for a successor to Homer, and is said to be searching outside of Arcadia Group currently talent pool.

Furla promotes Alberto Camerlengo

In a unanimous decision from Furla's board, Alberto Camerlengo has been named the new chief executive officer of Furla. Camerlengo previously served as the general director of the Italian accessories company.

He succeeds Eraldo Poletto, who became the ceo of the Salvatore Ferragamo group last August.

Camerlengo joined Furla in 2011. Prior to that, he was ceo of Brooks Brothers Europa. He also served as the chief operating officer of Fossil Italia from 1999 to 2004.

Giovanna Furlanetto, president of Furla, said the appointment of Camerlengo “is a strong sign of continuity and reflects the company’s path of growth and development.”

Furla had a very successful year in 2016. Revenues rose 24.5 percent to 422 million euros. Profits were not disclosed, but according to Camerlengo they rose 48 percent before interest, taxes, and depreciation. Retail sales accounted for 64 percent of revenue. In 2016, Furla opened 29 stores, 12 of which were franchised.

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Maxime Simoens named artistic director of Loris Azzaro

Azzaro has appointed Maxime Simoens as the brand's new artistic director. The French designer will step into the role immediately as he succeeds Arnaud Maillard and Alvaro Castejon, who departed the brand last July.

"It’s a great honour to be able to revisit Loris Azzaro’s heritage," Simoens said in a statement. "His free anti-conformist spirit, avant-garde view of elegance and uncompromising hedonism were at the heart of his work. I’m enormously lucky to be able to reinterpret these codes through fashion for men and women."

Loris Azzaro founded his label in Paris in the 1960s. The brand celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.

“The work of Maxime Simoens is in subtle resonance with Loris Azzaro’s emblematic silhouettes; there is the same taste for graphic fluidity, precise but sensual architectural lines, the opposition of contrasts and virtuoso embroidery," said Azzaro ceo Gabriel de Linage. "We are very pleased to welcome Maxime Simoens into this iconic and iconoclastic fashion house to shape its future, at the very moment when it celebrates 50 years of creation."

In addition to his duties at Loris Azzaro, Simoens' will continue to run his own brand, M.X. Paris.

Simoens' plans for the brand are still unknown, but if the spring/summer 2017 show Azzaro staged in January is any indication, the brand wants a return to heritage.

The looks were an ode to the Azzaro of the 70s featuring heart-shaped bodices, sunset orange and zebra print.

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PVH has announced that Amy McPherson was appointed to its Board of Directors. McPherson will serve on the board’s audit committee.

The appointment is effective April 25, 2017, the date of the board’s and committee’s next scheduled meetings. The number of directors constituting the full Board was increased to 12 in connection with this appointment. McPherson, the company said, will be eligible to stand for re-election at the 2017 Annual Meeting of stockholders.

McPherson has been the President and Managing Director, Europe for Marriott International, Inc., a global lodging company, since 1999. She has served in various positions of increasing responsibility during her over 30-year career at Marriott.

Citizen Watch appoints first chief digital officer

Citizen Watch America has appointed former Ralph Lauren executive Barbara Garces as its first chief digital officer, as part of the brand’s strategy to invest in digital “to transform the customer experience across myriad touchpoints and channels for all its brands”.

Garces, who led the Ralph Lauren digital team as vice president of wholesale digital and e-commerce, will be responsible for the development and implementation of the company's comprehensive digital strategy, which will include the leveraging of emerging technologies and platforms.

The role will cover all of its brands, Citizen, Bulova, Caravelle, Frederique Constant, and Alpina, and she will report directly to Citizen Watch America president Jeffrey Cohen.

The appointment comes ahead of Citizen launching a new ERP and Product Information System that the company states will bring its portfolio of brands to the forefront of business technology and will help the company streamline its back-office operations and add efficiency to their new warehouse management system that was installed at its corporate headquarters in Torrance, California last year.

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Anya Hindmarch names Francesco Giannaccari its new CEO

Anya Hindmarch has found a replacement for its current CEO Helen Wright. Francesco Giannaccari has been brought on board to take over the CEO’s responsibility on March 22, 2017, as Wright steps down from her role, Fashion Network reports.

Giannaccari brings vast experience working with brands such as Tom Ford, Abercrombie & Fitch, Gucci and Bottega Veneta. Most recently he was general manager of Etro, for nine months between 2014 and 2015. He has been assigned the responsibility of spreading the company’s presence in international markets, the report adds.

Hindmarch, who founded the namesake label in 1987, now operates over 50 stores worldwide and also enjoys presence in some of the world’s best-known multi-brand retailers. The brand celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, regularly showcases its collections at London Fashion Week and was the first on-schedule accessories designer at the London Fashion Week. The report further says that Hindmarch, who was awarded the CBE for services to fashion in 2016, is serves as the non-executive director of the British Fashion Council.

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Burberry ropes in Sabrina Bonesi as Design Director

Before the company’s new CEO, Marco Gobbetti takes command in July this year, current CEO Christopher Baily, who will then become president and the chief creative officer, has roped in Sabrina Bonesi, an accessories specialist from Christian Dior as the Design Director of leather goods and shoes, says a WWD report.

Bonesi, reporting directly to Baily, will oversee the bags, shoes and accessories lines under for both the men’s and women’s collections.

Bonesi was earlier associated with luxury labels such as Prada, Bottega Veneta, Marni, Salvatore Ferragamo and Tod’s. Her appointment strengthens the women’s team that already has Net-a-Porter’s co-founder, Claudia Plant, who was hired a month ago into a newly created role. Plant will serve as Senior Vice President, brand experience.

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Maternity and baby retailer Mothercare has named Gillian Kent as its new non-executive director, effectively immediately.

Kent was chief executive of real estate portal Propertyfinder until its acquisition by Zoopla, and prior to that spent 15 years with Microsoft including three years as managing director of MSN UK.

Her appointment comes as the retailer continues to reposition itself as a leading digital retailer. Kent will serve on the Audit and Risk and Nomination Committees.

Alan Parker, chairman of Mothercare, said: "I am delighted to welcome Gillian to Mothercare. She brings a wealth of experience in marketing, strategy and business development with particular emphasis on digital transformation which will add great value to our board.”

Missguided’s chief customer officer Arslan Sharif quits

Missguided’s chief customer officer Arslan Sharif has put in his papers just two months of joining the company, says a Retail Week report.

The report notes that Sharif was Missguided’s first chief customer officer, joining the company last December. After quitting the company in January, he has joined insurer Ageas Group as interim digital and acquisition director.

His responsibilities at Missguided included leading the company’s ecommerce and digital teams, who earlier reported to the control of chief technology officer John Allen.

Sharif was earlier associated as digital director at British Gas and has worked for E.ON as well as at Morgan Stanley, Alliance & Leicester, RBS and Halifax.

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Brioni appoints Fabrizio Malverdi as CEO

London - Kering wasted no time in appointing a new Chief Executive Officer to lead Italian menswear label Brioni. Following the recent departure of its former CEO, Gianluca Flore, who left his role at Brioni last month after a two and a half year tenure comes the appointment of his successor Fabrizio Malverdi.

Brioni taps Fabrizio Malverdi as CEO

Set to take over the lead at Brioni from April 18 onwards, Malverdi has been tasked with accelerating the international expansion of the high-end menswear fashion house. In his new role Malverdi will be reporting directly to Jean-François Palus, managing director of Kering. He brings with him years of experience and has held management positions in luxury fashion houses such as Dior Homme, Givenchy and John Galliano.

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In 2016 he was appointed CEO of Agent Provocateur, but left his position at the premium lingerie retailer following its pre-pack administration which saw the brand acquired by Four Holdaings, a London-based fashion and retail company. Malverdi started out his career in the fashion industry in advertising in 1996, when he became director of Staff International and was in charge of the Vivienne Westwood and Margiela licenses and international subsidiaries. In 2006 he joined the team at LVMH, where he served as CEO of John Galliano before he was subsequently appointed president and CEO of Givenchy in 2008, and managing director of Dior Homme in 2011.

Flore, Malverdi predecessor, joined Brioni in November 2014 and selected the menswear label former creative director Justin O'Shea, a womenswear retail executive who had no design or tailor experience. He suddenly stepped down from his role as creative director last October, after a six month tenure and Flore followed his exit a few months later. During O'Shea brief time at Brioni he moved the brand away from its heritage and roots, tapping metal band Metallica to star in the Italian label's autumn 2016 campaign for example. "Kering is grateful to Gianluca Flore for his achievements at the helm of Brioni over the past two years," said the company in a statement this morning.

Now it is up Malverdi to reposition the brand and reconnect it with its heritage once, guiding it going forward.

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