– UK, London – Jimmy Choo PLC announces the appointment of Meribeth Parker as an independent non-executive director. Additionally, Anna-Lena Kamenetzky is appointed as a non-executive director replacing Bart Becht who has informed the board of directors of Jimmy Choo PLC of his intention to step down following the announcement of his continued involvement as Chairman and interim CEO of Coty Inc.
Meribeth Parker, who was Group Publishing Director of Hearst Magazines until the end of June and who has held a variety of senior roles in Publishing will be joining the Board on 1 August 2015. Anna-Lena Kamenetzky, who is a partner and head of corporate development of JAB Holding Company LLC will be joining the Board and Bart Becht will be leaving the Board on the same date.
Peter Harf, Chairman, commented: “We are very pleased to be welcoming two new directors to the Jimmy Choo board. Meribeth and Anna-Lena bring a wealth of experience and new perspectives to the Board. We would like to thank Bart for all of his hard work in bringing Jimmy Choo to this point.”
Today, Jimmy Choo encompasses a complete luxury accessories brand. Women’s shoes remain the core of the product offer, alongside handbags, small leather goods, scarves, sunglasses, eyewear, belts, fragrance and men’s shoes. Pierre Denis was appointed Chief Executive Officer in July 2012 and the creative direction is overseen by Sandra Choi. Together, they share a vision to create one of the world’s most treasured luxury brands. In October 2014 Jimmy Choo PLC was publicly listed on the London Stock Exchange with the ticker CHOO.
Meribeth Parker is a Media and Luxury Consultant who served as Group Publishing Director at Hearst Magazines UK (2001 – 2015) where she was responsible for the publishing and commercial strategy of the company’s luxury portfolio of brands which included: Harper’s Bazaar, ELLE, ELLE Decoration and Town & Country. Hearst Magazines UK, which publishes 20 magazines and 27 websites, is the UK’s largest digital magazine publisher and reaches 12.1 million adults in print and 43 million unique users online every month. Originally from Canada, Meribeth worked for ten years in the tourism and hospitality industry before moving to the UK in 1995 where she spent five years as Publishing Director of WHERE London Magazine. Meribeth serves as the President of the Education Pillar for the British Fashion Council and is on the Women of Influence Board for Cancer Research UK.
Anna-Lena Kamenetzky is a JAB Holding Partner and Head of Business Development, a position she has held since August 2012, and has over 15 years of experience in corporate finance, business development, investing and restructuring. She is a Board member of Jacobs Douwe Egberts, the world’s second largest FMCG coffee company and has played a leading role in the creation of this company from the original acquisition of Douwe Egberts by JAB to the subsequent merger with Mondelez’ coffee business. Before joining JAB, she was a managing director at private equity firm RHJI, where she was in charge of restructuring and selling its Japanese portfolio assets and where she held several Board positions. Prior to that, Mrs. Kamenetzky worked in the investment banking division at Goldman Sachs.
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