Executive Appointments: NPD Group, Koolaburra, Loehmann’s

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The NPD Group, Inc. Appoints Three Executives in Long Island Offices

Port Washington, NY–The NPD Group, Inc., a leading market research company, announced this week the appointment of three of its Long Island-based executives to lead key businesses units.

Diane Nicholson, president of NPD’s beauty business unit for the past six years, will be taking on additional responsibility as president of NPD’s U.S. fashion footwear and accessories units. Prior to joining The NPD Group, Inc. Nicholson worked in the fashion footwear and accessories industries and she brings her extensive knowledge of those industries to her expanded leadership role. She is a graduate of University of Connecticut and lives with her family in Port Washington, NY.

Amy Hyland moves from leading NPD’s U.S. toys business unit to leading its U.S. fashion apparel business.  Hyland has been at NPD for more than 10  years; for the last seven years she has successfully run NPD’s toys market research business. Hyland brings her extensive background in market research and business leadership experience to her new role as president of NPD’s U.S. fashion apparel business. She is a graduate of Union College and lives with her family in Port Washington, N.Y.

Replacing Amy Hyland as the president of The NPD Group, Inc.’s U.S. toys business is Juli Lennett. Most recently Lennett served as an executive director of client development for toys & KIDS (Kids Industry Data Service). Lennett is a graduate of the University of Arizona and lives with her family in Plainview, NY.

“At NPD, we believe that our people are our most important asset.  This new leadership team for our fashion and toys businesses has the experience and knowledge to keep NPD on track with continued growth and innovation in our industries.  As we expand NPD, we are pleased that we can fill these positions with such strong leaders from within the company,” said Karyn Schoenbart, president and  coo.

Koolaburra Appoints Stanley Kravetz as COO

Santa Barbara, CA–Koolaburra, the sheepskin footwear brand, has appointed Stanley Kravetz to the role of chief operating officer. In his role, Kravetz will be responsible for the strategy, business development, and operations on a global basis.

Kravetz most recently served as president and ceo of The Kravetz Group, a consultancy based in Boston, where he worked with a client roster that included Coach, GH Bass, Gordon Rush, Kenneth Cole, New Balance, Polar Tec, Reebok, Rocky Brands Inc., and Sam Edelman. Prior to that position, Kravetz served as president of Rockport Shoes, a division of Reebok International; chief executive officer and president of Thorlo, Inc.; chief operating officer for Timberland; and owner & chief executive officer of Frye Boots, which he later sold to Jimlar Corporation.

“I am extremely pleased to attract Stanley Kravetz to Koolaburra’s executive leadership team. We will benefit immensely from his experience, proven record of success and passion for the footwear industry,” said Jeffrey Rawlings, Koolaburra’s ceo. “The continuing global expansion of the brand, Koolaburra’s ongoing success in product innovation, and our growing celebrity fan base highlight the company’s growth opportunities. Stanley’s extensive experience and leadership will ensure that we harness this potential and fully realize growth opportunities before us.”

Loehmann’s Names Steven Newman CEO

New York–Loehmann’s Holdings Inc. announced Wednesday that Steven M. Newman has been appointed chief executive officer.  Newman will also be a member of Loehmann’s board of directors, and will join the company next week.  Newman assumes the ceo role from interim ceo Joe Melvin who will remain as coo of the company.

Art Reiner, board chairman, said, “Steve’s range of experience working with numerous top quality retailers over the years will benefit us greatly as we look to grow our business and expand our brand. I also want to thank Joe Melvin who has provided Loehmann’s with invaluable leadership over the past few months. With the combined strengths of Steve and Joe, we believe we are well positioned to capitalize on opportunities to build our company.”

Newman, 51, brings more than 25 years of experience in the women’s retail business having most recently served for four years as president of Ashley Stewart Inc. While there, he was responsible for overseeing all areas of the company including merchandising, marketing, design, production, retail operations, store presentation, planning and allocation, and CRM. Prior to that, Newman was executive vice president at New York & Company for four years, responsible for merchandising, design and store presentation. From 2000 to 2002, he was president of Eddie Bauer Apparel.  Newman also spent five years at Brooks Brothers in various positions, leaving as president in 2000. In addition to Ann Taylor and Gap, Inc., Newman worked at Burdine’s as a buyer and started his retail career at Macy’s East in New York.