Sport Chalet elects Tory Burch exec to board
Los Angeles — Sport Chalet, Inc. has elected Miki R. Berardelli, chief marketing officer for Tory Burch, to the company’s board of directors. Berardelli has more than 20 years of marketing and e-commerce experience.
As chief marketing officer for Tory Burch, she oversees global marketing, public relations and e-commerce. Prior to joining Tory Burch in 2009, Berardelli spent eight years at Ralph Lauren as the senior VP of marketing. In addition, Berardelli is serving her second term as board chairman of Shop.org and is on the board of Giggle.com.
Berardelli succeeds Eric Olberz, son of company founders Norbert and Irene Olberz, and CFO of several real estate corporations controlled by the Olberz Family Trusts, who stepped down from the board of directors after 20 years of service.
Crocs names former Wal-Mart exec as GM, Americas
Niwot, Colo. — Former Wal-Mart executive Greg Sullivan has been appointed general manager of Crocs’ Americas region, which includes all of North America, Central America and South America. In this role, Sullivan will be responsible for managing the region’s day-to-day operations, including overseeing sales, marketing, finance and human resources functions, as well as the region’s wholesale, Internet and direct-to-consumer channels.
Prior to joining Crocs, Sullivan spent 20 years at Wal-Mart Stores Inc. Most recently, Sullivan served as senior VP of operations for Wal-Mart’s Southeast division, where he oversaw total store operations, real estate strategy and profit and loss accountability for the region’s 345 stores and 110,000 associates. Sullivan was heavily involved in the development and implementation of Wal-Mart’s new urban and rural formats, designed to grow market share and profitability.
Apple hires Burberry CEO to run its retail stores
Cupertino, Calif. — Apple Inc. has hired a much-admired fashion industry veteran to run its retail stores. The company announced Tuesday that Angela Ahrendts, CEO of British luxury giant Burberry Group Plc, has been appointed to the newly created position of senior VP of retail and online stores. She will join Apple in the spring from Burberry.
At Apple, Ahrendts, 53, will become a member of the executive team and report directly to CEO Tim Cook. She will be the first woman on Apple’s 10-member executive team.
In a statement, Apple said Ahrendts will have “oversight of the strategic direction, expansion and operation of both Apple retail and online stores.”
“I am profoundly honored to join Apple in this newly created position next year, and very much look forward to working with the global teams to further enrich the consumer experience on and offline,” said Ahrendts. “I have always admired the innovation and impact Apple products and services have on people’s lives and hope in some small way I can help contribute to the company’s continued success and leadership in changing the world.”
The appointment fills a major gap in Apple’s lucrative global store operations that goes back to the 2011 departure of Ron Johnson, who resigned as senior VP of retail to head up J.C. Penney. Johnson was replaced by U.K. retail chief John Browett, whose time at Apple was both brief and rocky. He was ousted from the company last year as part of a broader management shakeup.
Prior to joining Burberry, Ahrendts served as executive VP at Liz Claiborne Inc., and, prior to that, as president of Donna Karan International. At Burberry, she is credited with more than doubling the brand’s sales since 2006, partially by focusing on the digital side of the business.
“I am thrilled that Angela will be joining our team,” said Apple CEO Tim Cook. “She shares our values and our focus on innovation, and she places the same strong emphasis as we do on the customer experience. She has shown herself to be an extraordinary leader throughout her career and has a proven track record.”
The Burberry chief is not Apple’s only fashion hire. In August, it tapped Paul Deneve, former CEO and president of Yves Saint Laurent, to be VP in charge of special projects.
Ahrendts’ role at Burberry will be filled by the company’s chief creative officer, Christopher Bailey, who will hold the titles of chief creative officer and CEO.