Fashion News: Coach Appoints Two New Executives; Tapestry Inc. Adds To Board

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(Above photo): Coach 1941 Fall 2017 at New York Fashion Week.

NEW YORK —  Tapestry Inc. (formerly Coach Inc., see the name change here) has just announced two key appointments focused on leading its North American and European business units.

Givenchy‘s executive Laura DubinWander has been named the new president for North America. She currently holds the role of president for the U.S. market at Givenchy. Fredrik Malm will join as president for Coach Europe and Coach International, arriving from Ralph Lauren, where he served as President of Sales since 2011. Both will report directly to Coach CEO Joshua Schulman.

Dubin-Wander will be responsible for driving growth across all North American directly-operated retail and wholesale channels.  Prior to Givenchy, Dubin-Wander held leadership roles at Christian Dior Couture, American Eagle Outfitters, Liz Claiborne and Victoria’s Secret.

“Laura is a results-oriented brand leader who brings with her deep retail experience across multiple categories and avenues of distribution,” said Schulman. “Her combined passion for business and fashion is the foundation of her successful career. She has a consumer-centric approach to managing brands and a proven track record of leading teams to deliver profitable growth.”

Malm will head the divisions in Europe, and will oversee the global franchise, distributor and travel retail businesses. Prior to Ralph Lauren, Malm was Retail Director for Europe and the Middle East at Ecco. He also served as CEO of Intersport.

“Fredrik’s extensive international experience and leadership capabilities make him a natural fit for the role,” said Mr. Schulman. “He brings invaluable insights which are vital in driving rapid growth in the European market.”

Tapestry Inc. also announced the appointment of two new members to its board of directors on Thursday; Doreen Toben and Anne Gates.

Victor Luis, Chief Executive Officer of Tapestry, Inc., said, “We are extremely pleased that Doreen Toben and Anne Gates have agreed to join our Board. As Tapestry continues to evolve as a house of brands, we are confident that their respective business experience, strategic insight and leadership skills will prove particularly valuable to us.”

(Above photo): Coach 1941 Fall 2017 at New York Fashion Week.

Photos Credit: Umberto Fratini /

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