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Who’s News — 10/23/2017

Are you being promoted, changing jobs, retiring, launching a new company, or otherwise changing your employment? Email us and we’ll announce the news in our next issue of Who’s News.


Greg Mooradian is the President of Hasbro film studio Allspark Pictures.

Viacom Intl. Media Networks promotes Layla Lewis to SVP Global Acquisitions & Partnerships for Nickelodeon.

WME | IMG rebrands as Endeavor; the new entity is led by Ariel Emanuel as CEO and Patrick Whitesell as Executive Chairman. Both will continue to sit on the company’s board.

Ken Faier leaves DHX Media to found a new company, Epic Story Media. DHX isn’t looking for an immediate replacement.

Toms hires John Whitledge as Creative Director.

Netflix hires Stacey Silverman to work across its programme acquisitions and Monique Meche to serve as VP Global Public Policy.

Chaosium names Neil Robinson as its new full time COO.

Sephora promotes Mary Beth Laughton to EVP U.S. Omni Retail, Gregg Ardizone to SVP Stores, Artemis Patrick to Chief Merchandising Officer, and Bridget Dolan to SVP Omni Experiences & Innovation. Christie Jack, EVP Retail & Education, plans to step down from her post at the end of 2017.

French company Normaal Animation hires Marc Dhrami as its new Head Business Development & Intl. Sales.

Lagardère Sports & Entertainment launches Lagardère Plus, a global agency incorporating the company’s existing global consulting businesses with new strategic, creative, digital and analytics capabilities. The venture is led by:

  • Andrew Georgiou, CEO of Lagardère Sports & Entertainment, as well as
  • Andrew N. Pierce, Global President;
  • Jonathan Isaac, Chief Strategy Officer;
  • Kern Egan, President Americas;
  • Tim Frith, Head Consulting U.K.;
  • Hervé Bodinier, Executive GM France;
  • Olaf Bauer, MD Germany; and
  • Malcolm Thorpe, VPBusiness Development Singapore.

MHS Licensing & Consulting welcomes Heather RJ Fletcher, who will work on content and product development, trend direction, improving technical skills, and serve as a collaborative creative resource.

Xilam promotes Dorothée Lanchier to COO, Camille Wiplier to Deputy COO, and Marie-Laurence Turpin to Head Development & Talent Management.

Jason Kwong is named Chief Strategy Officer at Redbox.

QVC reorganizes its management and establishes a new business structure in preparation for absorbing HSN. The new group will bring together the QVC, HSN, Zulily and the Cornerstone brands and is expected to generate $14 billion in annual revenues.

  • Steve Hofmann will be President of QVC U.S., the company’s largest business unit with more than $6 billion in revenue in 2016.
  • A new leader for QVC Intl. will be revealed; the unit covers Japan, the U.K., Ireland, Germany, Austria, Italy, France, and a joint venture in China. In 2016, the unit had $2.6 billion in revenue.
  • Mike Fitzharris will become president HSN. It generated $2.5 billion in net sales last year.
  • Gregg Bertoni will succeed Fitzharris as CEO QVC Japan.
  • Lori Twomey will be Interim President Zulily. Last year, Zulily generated $1.5 billion in revenue.
  • Claire Spofford will be President Cornerstone, while continuing to serve as President Garnet Hill. The unit, which includes Ballard Designs, Frontgate, Garnet Hill, and Grandin Road & Improvements, generated $1.1 billion in net sales in 2016.
  • Doug Howe will be Chief Merchandising Officer of the combined company.
  • Darrell Cavens will be President New Ventures.
  • Bob Spieth will be COO.
  • Beth Rubino will be Chief People Officer.
  • Karen Etzkorn will be Chief Information Officer.
  • Ted Jastrzebski will be CFO.
  • Larry Hayes will be General Counsel.
  • Bill Brand, President & CMO HSN; Rod Little, CFO HSN; and Judy Schmeling, President Cornerstone Brands and COO HSN, will leave.

As the UBM Fashion trade show calendar shifts, so does its executive team:

  • Pierre-Nicolas Hurstel is appointed EVP Strategy & Business Development UBM Fashion;
  • Christopher Griffin, continuing to serve as President Sourcing UBM, adds additional responsibilities for international business development;
  • Tom Nastos will now oversee the Project men’s and women’s shows;
  • Tommy Fazio continues as Fashion Director and is named Editorial Director of MR Magazine;
  • Danielle Licata will oversee Coterie, Project Women’s, and Accessorie Circuit/Intermezzo Collections;
  • Kelly Helfman will lead WWDMAGIC, Fame, Pooltradeshow and Accessories TheShow;
  • Shawn Hazan will oversee Moda, Stitch, and Children’s Club; and
  • Peter Berta, Lee Rosenbaum, Vanessa Vanni and Alli Johnson have been named Heads Sales.
  • Mike Sampson, SVP Business Development, leaves after 12 years.

Havas Sports & Entertainment USA appoints Daniel Dao as its new EVP & Managing Director.

Global Brands hires Scott Langton, the original designer, as VP Design for Sean John.

Amazon indefinitely suspends Video Head Roy Price over sexual harassment claims.

Bruce Berkowitz will step down by the end of the month from the board of directors at Sears Holdings.

Vox Media fires Editorial Director Lockhart Steele for misconduct.

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