Banana Republic names new creative director
San Francisco – Banana Republic has named fashion designer Marissa Webb as creative director and executive VP of design, effective April 28. She will be responsible for guiding the brand’s overall creative direction, as well as leading global product design for Banana Republic women’s, men’s, and accessories.
Prior to branching out on her own during 2011, Webb spent time at Polo, Club Monaco and more than a decade at J. Crew Group Inc., where she served in various design roles, including head of womenswear and accessories design. Webb will retain her role as president and creative director at Marissa Webb (M Webb LLC), in addition to her newly appointed role at Banana Republic. Webb’s first collection for Banana Republic is expected in the summer of 2015. Webb will report to global president of Banana Republic Jack Calhoun.
Banana Republic parent company Gap Inc. also intends to join M Webb LLC’s minority investors by investing in the Marissa Webb label. Calhoun will work with Webb as a strategic partner in the growth and development of her business.
Best Buy’s U.S. retail chief retires; HR head to assume responsibilities
New York — Best Buy Inc.’s president of U.S. retail stores, Shawn Score, 48, has retired, effective immediately, after spending 29 years with the company. His responsibilities will be assumed by Best Buy’s chief human resources officer, Shari Ballard.
Ballard joined Best Buy in 1993, and has served in a variety of executive positions, moving into the HR position in 2013. Ballard will continue to head up human resources in addition to taking on the new duties.
Prior to leading the U.S. retail unit of Best Buy, Score served as president of Best Buy Mobile.
Modell’s names former Victoria’s Secret exec to lead digital strategy
New York — Modell’s Sporting Goods announced it has hired Deborah Fine to fill a newly created role on its executive leadership team, chief commercial officer. Among other duties, Fine will head up the retailer’s digital strategy, transforming Modell’s into an Omnichannel retailer.
“These initiatives will be developed from a customer point of view, ensuring a consistent and best in class experience in our stores and on our website,” the company stated. “Our digital presence will expand beyond Modells.com, growing our social media footprint as well as developing new interactive digital experiences for our customers. Deborah will ensure alignment of initiatives across the organization to achieve our digital goals.”
Most recently, Fine served as CEO of Direct Brands, the largest member-based retailer for media products in the United States. Prior to that, she was at NBC Universal Digital Media where she was president, iVillage Properties, the world’s first and largest online community for women, with 27 million members across the globe.
Fine’s career also includes time as CEO of Victoria’s Secret Pink brand.