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Who’s News—5/21/2018

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Kathy Ireland Worldwide names healthcare entrepreneur Bialik Benjamin as its VP Business Development as well as its ambassador for international and Israeli affairs. In this role, under the terms of the advisory agreement between KIWW and Level Brands Inc., Benjamin will also provide client relations support for Level Brands’s subsidiaries Encore Endeavor One, Ireland Men One, and Kathy Ireland Health & Wellness.

Turner Asia Pacific appoints Jia Salindong-Du as Country Manager for the Philippines. Salindong-Du will be scaling Turner’s Kids & Entertainment business in the Philippines, which includes developing local content opportunities, creating greater consumer experiences and expanding the brands’ fanbase. She will also support ad-sales, and operate in tandem with the consumer products and licensing team for Cartoon Network. She will be additionally responsible for the channel distribution of Turner brands locally, including CNN International, Cartoon Network, Boomerang, and Warner TV.

Caryl Liebmann is now Director Business Development at Gemr, a social network platform for showcasing pop-culture collecting. She steps in to lead efforts to connect brands and businesses in the pop culture space with fans and collectors.

Vedia Ayvaz is named SVP Brand Creative at Comedy Central.

Ingenious Media hires Will Harrison as Managing Director. He was previously COO for the Harry Potter franchise at Warner Bros.

Vivid appoints a new Intl. Sales Director in the form of Carl Raven, who moves in to replace Jonathan Busher. Busher has stepped down from his position with Vivid to launch his own consulting business.

Kelly Lynch, formerly at Eileen Fisher, is joining Workman Publishing as Associate Creative Director Calendars & Stationery.

Skybound Entertainment hires Druid City Games creator James Hudson as Senior Director Tabletop Games.

Marni names Stefano Biondo as CEO, succeeding Ubaldo Minelli, who was appointed Group CEO last January. Biondo joins Italian fashion label after 15 years at Safilo, where he most recently held the position of Chief Brand Officer.

Olivier Schaeffer is appointed Global COO for the Yoox Net-a-Porter Group.

Ralph Lauren plans to add Angela Ahrendts (SVP Retail at Apple) and has appointed Michael George (President & CEO of Qurate Retail) to its board of directors.

SaaS omnichannel marketing platform Splio appoints Antoine Scialom as its first General Manager for Europe.


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