Executive Changes: Delia’s, Neiman Marcus Direct, Collective Brands, Kenneth Cole

Wet Seal’s Dyan Jozwick Appointed President of Delia’s

New York–Dyan Jozwick, formerly of Wet Seal, has been named president of its Delia’s responsible for the brand’s merchandise in its stores, catalogue and website. Jozwick will report to the company’s chief executive officer, Walter Killough.
“Dyan is a dynamic, aggressive and accomplished merchant who will help us accelerate the changes we are making to our merchandising strategies,” Killough said.

Jozwick has an extensive retail background in Juniors apparel and accessories with both specialty retail and department stores. She served as chief merchandising officer for Wet Seal and held senior merchandising positions at Sears and Robinsons-May.

Koryl to head Neiman Marcus Direct

Dallas–Neiman Marcus appointed John Koryl as the new president of the Neiman Marcus Direct division.

Koryl, who starts on June 20, replaces Gerald Barnes, who is to become executive vice president, chief merchant, at Neiman Marcus Direct.

Koryl joins from Williams-Sonoma, where he was senior vice president of e-commerce marketing and analytics, and has also worked at eBay, UmbrellaBank, Creditland.com and Accenture.

“John has exactly the type of background we are looking for to optimise the growth of our online business,” said Karen Katz, president and ceo of Neiman Marcus. “His focus on technology, web analytics and the future state of online shopping will blend perfectly with our highly skilled online merchandising team.”

Michael J. Massey named Interim CEO for Collective Brands As Matthew Rubel Resigns

Topeka, KS–Collective Brands, Inc. announced this week that its board of directorstodayand Matthew Rubel agreed that Rubel would resign as director, chairman of the board and an officer of the company, effective immediately. Michael J. Massey has been named the interim ceo and D. Scott Olivet has been named non-executive chairman.

Olivet, a member of the Collective Brands’ board since 2006, is a 27-year veteran of the apparel, sports and retailing industry, having served as CEO of Oakley, Inc. and in senior positions at Nike, Inc. and The Gap Inc., participating in the growth and development of such iconic brands as Oakley, Converse, Cole Haan, Hurley, Bauer, Gap, Banana Republic and Old Navy. Massey has served in both corporate and operating roles during his 15 years at Collective Brands, including directing all aspects of the company’s successful international expansion and operations. He continues to lead the international growth and overall business development in addition to serving as senior vice president, general counsel and cecretary.

A committee was formed to begin a search for a permanent replacement of Rubel.

The company has also added the presidents and chief executive officers of its three business units–LuAnn Via, Gregg S Ribatt and Bruce T Pettet–to its governing executive committee, effective immediately.

Robert C Wheeler, the company’s lead director said “We look forward to building on that foundation and to a new chief executive officer leading the company toward the growth we see in our future.” Rubel will remain available to assist the board, as needed.

Kenneth Cole Promotes Paul Blum to CEO

New York–Kenneth Cole Productions promoted Paul Blum as chief executive, effective June 20. Blum, who was the company’s vice-chairman, fills the vacancy left by Jill Granoff, who quit in February. In the interim, designer Kenneth Cole acted as ceo.

Blum spent 15 years with the company before leaving to become the CEO of jewelry company David Yurman. He then returned as vice-chairman in March.

As CEO, Blum will report to Cole, who will continue as the company’s chairman and chief creative officer

“I am excited and enthusiastic about returning to Kenneth Cole at such a great time for the company,” Blum said earlier this weke. “I look forward to working with Kenneth again and the very talented management team to capitalize on the tremendous opportunities to leverage its strength, and unique heritage in the global marketplace.”

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