CEO of Shopbop, Darcy Penick, has been appointed president of luxury apparel retailer Bergdorf Goodman, part of Neiman Marcus Group, No. 43 in the Internet Retailer 2018 Top 1000. Penick starts her new position Sept. 4.
Joshua Schulman was president of Bergdorf Goodman until he left about a year ago to join Coach. Since then, Jim Gold, president and chief merchandising officer of Neiman Marcus, has been filling in as president at Bergdorf Goodman.
Earlier in her career, Penick held buying and managerial jobs at Saks Fifth Avenue (owned by Hudson’s Bay Co., No. 36 in the Top 1000), Bergdorf Goodman and Neiman Marcus. She joined Saks Fifth Avenue in 2006 as senior buyer, and then transitioned to Shopbop, a subsidiary of Amazon.com Inc. (No. 1), in 2009 as the divisional merchandise manager before becoming CEO in October 2015.
“Darcy’s impressive leadership skills, coupled with her success in digital and international retail make her the perfect choice to accelerate global growth at Bergdorf Goodman,” says Geoffroy van Raemdonck, CEO of Neiman Marcus Group. “I have every confidence that Darcy will partner with our very talented existing team to bring even greater luster to Bergdorf Goodman and continue to elevate the brand as one of the world’s most prestigious luxury retailers.”
In other e-commerce personnel news:
- EBay Inc., No. 4 in the Internet Retailer 2018 Online Marketplaces, has trimmed its global workforce, potentially by several hundred employees—or a “low single-digit percentage—as part of a routine refocusing of the online marketplace’s priorities, a spokeswoman said in an email, without giving a specific number. “We are sharpening our focus on priority initiatives,” and aligning the workforce to match them, she said. EBay had 14,100 employees as of the end of December 2017, according to Bloomberg.
- Walmart Inc., No. 3 in the Top 1000, has named Janey Whiteside as its U.S. chief customer officer and Barbara Messing as its chief marketing officer. Both women were recruited from outside the retail giant, which has never previously had a female chief marketer or one recruited from outside for the role. Whiteside is a 20-year veteran of American Express, where she was most recently executive vice president and general manager of global premium products and benefits. Messing worked as chief marketing officer at TripAdvisor, where she was part of a team that led its transition from a media-only site into a trip-booking e-commerce site.