Executive Changes at Barneys, Kohl’s

Barneys’ recently appointed CEO Mark Lee announced Monday a new chief merchant and executive vice president for all women’s. As part of its succession planning, Kohl’s announced Monday the promotion of four executives.

Vitale takes Barneys merchant role

New York—Barneys New York appointed Daniella Vitale as its new chief merchant and executive vice president, responsible for all women’s and Barneys.com operations.
Vitale, who begins in the new position Wednesday, will be responsible for all merchandising, business development and strategy, reporting to Mark Lee, the ceo appointed in August who was formerly

“Daniella is an outstanding leader and merchant, and brings with her a lucrative 20-year career in the luxury retail space,” said Lee, who was former global president and ceo at Gucci Group. “She will bring our women’s and total web business to even greater prominence.”

Vitale has spent more than ten years with Gucci, most recently as president of the Americas, and has previously worked for Giorgio Armani and Salvatore Ferragamo.
Meanwhile, Barneys said July Collinson, executive vice president/GMM women’s merchandising, and Julie Gilhart, senior vice president/women’s fashion director, had both left the company.

Vitale has launched a search for a new women’s fashion director, the company added.

Kohl’s Promotes Four Executives

Menomonee Falls, WI—Kohl’s promoted four of its executives as part of its focus on succession planning. The department store said Don Brennan would take over as chief merchandising officer; John Worthington would be promoted to chief administrative officer; Peggy Eskenasi would become senior vice president; and Wes McDonald would be appointed senior executive vice president and cfo–all beginning Wednesday.

Brennan, a 28-year retail veteran, has been senior executive vice president since September 2007, while Worthington was made senior executive vice president at the same time, and has been with Kohl’s for 17 years.

Eskenasi was appointed executive vice president of product development in October 2004, while McDonald has been executive vice president, cfo since August 2003, after previously working as chief financial officer at Abercrombie & Fitch.

“Our focus on strong succession planning has allowed us to build an unparalleled executive management team,” said Kevin Mansell, Kohl’s chairman, president and ceo.

“The individuals recognized today are proven leaders with consistent results who demonstrate the vision, innovation and strategic prowess required to position Kohl’s for continued long-term success.”

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