The latest appointments at MAC, Davidoff, Zac Posen, Clinique, Thom Browne, Bally, PPR, Rolex, DeBethune and Nicole Farhi.


Carine Roitfeld’s departure from French Vogue ruled the airways last week, becoming a top ten global trending topic on Twitter merely hours after the announcement. As speculation runs rife as to where she will go and what she will do, and most importantly who will replace her, a string of appointments were made across luxury fashion, timepieces and cosmetics.


Hans-Kristian Hoejsgaard, CEO, Oettinger Davidoff

Following stints at Timex, Georg Jensen, Lancaster Group and Guerlain, Hans-Kristian Hoejsgaard has been appointed CEO of Oettinger Davidoff. He will succeed long-standing CEO Reto Cina, who is retiring in 2012 after 14 yeas of service. Hoejsgaard remarked “It will be a privilege for me to lead the Oettinger Davidoff Group and the team behind it and to work together on the further globalisation of the company and brand we take the Davidoff cigar business to the next level.”

Source: DFNI Online


Gordon Espinet, senior vice president makeup artistry, MAC

Celebrating almost twenty years of service, Gordon Espinet was recently appointed as senior vice president of global artist training, development and makeup artistry, in a newly created role for MAC Cosmetics. He will work closely with the global artist training and development team to oversee education for the brand’s makeup artists, as well as developing a comprehensive strategy to translate MAC’s backstage work at global fashion weeks to retail.

Source: WWD


Pierre Jacques, CEO, DeBethune

Timepiece expert, Pierre Jacques, has been appointed as CEO of watch brand De Bethune. The co-founder of specialist magazine ‘Great Magazine of Timepieces’ (GMT) has been working as the branch manager of Les Ambassadeurs Genève alongside organising the Geneva Watchmaking Grand Prix. President of the board of directors David Zanetta believes that “the arrival of Pierre Jacques marks a new stage in De Bethune’s international development.”

Source: Retail Jeweller


Stewart Wicht, CEO and president, Rolex USA

Replacing the late Allen Brill, Rolex has appointed Stewart Wicht as president and CEO of its USA division commencing January 1. Wicht has been with the company since 1975, most recently as the head of Rolex’s intellectual property department in Geneva.

Source: Watch Time


Massimo Nicosia, head of menswear, Nicole Farhi

Formerly head of menswear collections at Pringle of Scotland and Alessandro Dell’Acqua, Massimo Nicosia, has been appointed head of menswear for the Nicole Farhi and Farhi by Nicole Farhi collections. “I am delighted to have Massimo as part of the team,” Farhi remarked. “As an Italian, he will bring a continental element to the menswear collection, which I am very excited about. He has a sensibility very close to mine and we really understand each other.”

Source: Draper’s


Margaret Spaniolo, COO and president, Thom Browne

Long serving chief men’s merchant at Bergdorf Goodman, Margaret Spaniolo, has been appointed president and chief operating officer of Thom Browne Inc., effective Jan. 3. Designer Thom Browne will continue as chairman, chief executive officer and chief creative officer, remarking “Margaret’s intimate experience in the retail world will make it possible for my business to grow and develop in ways that I couldn’t achieve just on my own. Also, through the years she has witnessed and observed many businesses succeed and fail and that in itself is invaluable.”

Source: WWD


Louise Beveridge, head of corporate communications, PPR

PPR, owner of the Gucci Group, has appointed Louise Beveridge to succeed Claude Chirac as its head of corporate communications, effective next March. She will also become a member of the company’s executive committee. Beveridge comes to PPR from BNP Paribas investment solutions division, where she has been head of brand and communications and head of corporate and social responsibility.

Source: WWD


Jillian Sinel, president, Zac Posen

Long-time luxury executive, Jillian Sinel, has been appointed as president of Zac Posen. After spending four years at Carolina Herrera as COO and ten years at Christian Dior USA, she recently had her own luxury consulting firm. The departure of Susan Posen in October, Zac Posen’s mother and long time business partner, has led to the appointment of Susan Davidson as CEO and Jillian to oversee all aspects of the Posen business.

Source: WWD


CeCe Coffin, SVP global communications, Clinique

Estee Lauder subsidiary, Clinique, have named CeCe Coffin SVP of global communications effective January 1st 2011. Coffin has been VP Global Communications at Clinique since August 2008, after working in communications for Donna Karan cosmetics, La Mer and Jo Malone. Lynne Greene, Global Brand President of Clinique, remarked “CeCe Coffin’s contribution to the success of Clinique for the past two years has been enormous, her communication team’s performance has been superb, helping to drive consumers to our points of sale and fuel Clinique’s growth and success globally.”

Source: Trading Markets


Rossella Golluscio, travel retail manager, Bally

Rossella Golluscio, former MCM travel-retail area manager for Europe and North America, has joined Swiss leather goods producer Bally, as a travel-retail manager for America, Europe and Middle East. She replaces Barbara Sancini who has left the company. Global travel-retail director Silvia Onofri remarked “We are very happy about this announcement. Please join me in wishing Rossella a lot of success in her new role.”

Source: DFNI Online


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Sophie Doran

Creative Strategist, Digital

Sophie Doran is currently Senior Creative Strategist, Digital at Karla Otto. Prior to this role, she was the Paris-based editor-in-chief of Luxury Society.

Prior to joining Luxury Society, Sophie completed her MBA in Melbourne, Australia, with a focus on luxury brand dynamics and leadership, whilst simultaneously working in management roles for several luxury retailers.