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KMD Brands CFO departs

KMD Brands group chief financial officer Chris Kinraid has announced his resignation, effective from December 2023. He is set to become the CEO at Hallenstein Glasson Holdings.

Kinraid has worked as the parent company – which includes brands such as Kathmandu, Ripcurl and Oboz – for nine years, and was in the CFO role from 2019. Meanwhile, he will lead the Hallenstein brand, which has over 130 stores across Australia and New Zealand.  

“I’ve had the opportunity to work alongside a great team that’s transformed the business into the group of global brands it is today. I’m proud of what we’ve achieved, and I leave the Group in a strong position to take advantage of the many global growth opportunities,” he said.

Kinraid will continue to serve as Group CFO until the end of the calendar year. Meanwhile, KMD Brands has commenced its process to appoint a replacement.

Adidas executive steps down

Executive board member and human resources leader Amanda Rajkumar has announced her departure from Adidas.

Rajkumar was responsible for global human resources, people and culture. She is set to leave the company effect 15 July,  according to a statement released by Adidas on Wednesday. 

Adidas chairman Thomas Rabe thanked Rajkumar for her contributions, stating that the brand has made progress in fostering a strong culture of inclusion, and leadership accountability.

“In a period of transition for the company, Amanda put our people at the center of her work and ensured that Adidas continuously obtained top positions in employer rankings around the world,” he said.

Rajkumar joined Adidas in 2021 after a 28-year career in human resources. According to her LinkedIn page, she was previously the head of HR for BNP Paribas USA and CIB Americas. She succeeded Karen Parkin, who stepped down from the role in 2020. 

Michelle Robertson, senior vice president of workplaces and global functions, will assume responsibility for global HR, people and culture, on an interim basis.

Chloé creative director departs

Chloé has announced the departure of its creative director, Gabriela Hearst.

Hearst is known for her eponymous luxury womenswear label, which she continued to head up while serving as creative director.  She is reported to have played a role in Chloé achieving B-Corp status.

Her exit extended the departure of creative directors in recent months – including Jeremy Scott from Moschino, Tom Ford from Tom Ford and Ludovic de Saint Sernin from Ann Demeulemeester.

“It has been the greatest privilege to share my creative vision and to add my voice to the story of Chloé,” Hearst said in a statement.

“I am grateful to have been part of the incredible team laying strong foundations for a purpose-driven future for fashion.”

Hearst’s next runway collection for Chloé – spring/summer 2024 – will be her last for the brand . A successor for Chloé has not yet been named.

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