British DIY group Kingfisher has appointed Jean-Jacques Van Oosten as its new Chief Customer & Digital Officer. The Belgian had already been Group IT Director at Kingfisher between 2005 and 2008, before finding his way to several other big names in retail.
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AS Watson, the holding company of chains like Ici Paris XL, Kruidvat and Rossmann, has appointed Malina Ngai as CEO for Asia and Europe. She also remains a member of the board of directors and COO for the entire AS Watson Group.
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Swiss fashion group C&A has expanded its board of directors with Allan Leighton (chairman) and Alexander Birken (director).
In yet another management change at C&A, CFO and COO Tjeerd van der Zee steps down. The former role will be taken up by Ralf Senden.
DIY giant Kingfisher will be getting a new CEO next autumn: Thierry Garnier. The Frenchman will be succeeding Véronique Laury, who stepped down this spring.
Graham Harris has been confirmed as CEO at Dutch online department store Wehkamp. Harris had been CEO 'ad interim' after the departure of Piet Coelewij in April.
Former EU ambassador Michel Arrion is appointed as the new head of the ICCO, the International Cacao Organisation. The Belgian's mission is to deal with the challenges of the industry, such as deforestation and child labour.
Régis Degelcke is the new president of EuroCommerce. The chairman of Auchan will start his three-year mandate in July.
RetailDetail has a new CEO: e-commerce entrepreneur and former bpost board member Peter Somers has major growth ambitions for the company.
Fashion chain Esprit will get a new CEO: Jose Manuel Martínez will leave the company and pass on the baton to Anders Kristiansen. New Look’s former CEO has to bring growth to Esprit, particularly through ambitious plans for China.
Unilever may be looking for a successor to Paul Polman as CEO of the company, this does not mean that he will leave the British-Dutch company completely. Polman is still a candidate for the board of directors.
Bacardi Limited, the world’s largest family-owned spirits group, has revealed that Belgian Francis Debeuckelaere will be Regional President for Europe, a new step in his remarkable career.
Belgian Edwin Botterman will become Alken-Maes' new managing director next month. He will succeed Dutuch Erik van de Ven, who will head to the brewer's parent company, Heineken, in Amsterdam.