Nike CEO Departs
Beaverton, Ore., After a clash with Nike founder Philip Knight, the company’s CEO William Perez has tendered his resignation after just 13 months with Nike. Perez’ sudden departure followed a disagreement between Knight and Perez about how to run the company.
Nike brand co-president Mark Parker will take over for Perez.
DSW Expands Management Team
Columbus, Ohio, DSW Inc. announced the promotion of two key executives and named two new officers as part of an ongoing initiative to position the company for continued growth and increased profitability.
Deborah Ferree, who joined DSW in 1997 and has held several executive positions, was promoted from president to vice chair. She will continue in her role as chief merchandising officer. Peter Horvath, who joined the firm in January 2005 as executive VP and COO, was promoted to president.
Additionally, Kevin Lonergan was named as executive VP and COO. He is a former executive VP and COO of Old Navy, a division of Gap.
The company also named William Jordan as VP and general counsel. He most recently served as corporate counsel for Lancaster County Corp.
Executive Changes at Charming Shoppes
Bensalem, Pa., Charming Shoppes promoted Diane M. Paccione to group divisional president, a newly created executive management position in which she will have responsibility for the company’s Fashion Bug and Catherine Plus Sizes brands. Paccione will also serve as president of Fashion Bug, and will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the brand. Paccione replaces Elizabeth Wilson as president of Fashion Bug. Wilson is leaving the company to pursue other interests.
The retailer also announced that LuAnn Via has joined Charming Shoppes as the president of Catherines Plus Sizes and a member of the company’s executive leadership team. Via will have direct responsibility for the day-to-day operations of the Catherines Plus Sizes brand.