Retail appointments

“Woman to watch” joins Nike board

Footwear retailer Nike has appointed the CEO of JP Morgan Chase & Co’s Chase Consumer Banking division to its board of directors.

Thasunda Brown Duckett (pictured) oversees a banking network with more than US$800 billion in deposits and investments and 50,000 employees.

She previously held the role of CEO of Chase Auto Finance, bank provider of auto financing.

Mark Parker, chairman, president and CEO of Nike, said Duckett’s expertise in leading digital and physical transformation in retail banking will be invaluable in helping Nike further deepen consumer relationships.

“She is a dynamic and forward-thinking leader, and we are delighted that she has joined the board,” Parker said.

Prior to joining JPMorgan Chase & Co, Duckett was a director of Emerging Markets at Fannie Mae and was named one of Fortune’s Most Powerful Women to Watch and one of the Most Powerful Women in Banking by American Banker magazine.

AuMake strengthens board amid restructure

AuMake on Monday announced the retirement of its founding directors, Gang Xu and Lingye Zheng, effective immediately, and the appointment of Oliver Horn and Jacky Yang as non-executive director and executive director, respectively.

The changes come amid a restructure of the ASX-listed retailer, which is known for connecting Australian and New Zealand brands with Chinese customers through daigous, or personal shoppers. 

The company recently made external appointments to the newly created roles of group human resources manager and group marketing manager, and will soon make an appointment to the newly created role of group operations manager. 

On Monday, it announced that Peter Zhao (pictured), the company’s CFO, will transition to the role of group general manager effective January 1, 2020. He will be responsible for driving strategy execution and organisational improvement. 

Stylerunner co-founder joins Accent Group

Stylerunner co-founder and CEO Julie Stevanja (pictured) has joined Accent Group, the company that owns The Athlete’s Foot, Platypus and Hype DC retail chains, which acquired her online activewear business out of voluntary administration last week. 

Stevanja will lead the Stylerunner business at Accent Group going forward and will report to the company’s chief digital officer, Mark Teperson.

 A former investment banker, Stevanja founded Stylerunner in 2012 with her twin sister Sali Sasi, who left the business in 2015. 

Offering fashion-forward sportswear and shoes, Stylerunner benefited from the booming athleisure market and was a $30 million business in 2017, according to the AFR, which put Stevanja on its Young Rich List that year.

The CEO gained other industry accolades, including being named Young Retail Entrepreneur of the Year at the World Retail Awards in 2016, and featuring on Internet Retailing’s Top 50 People in E-Commerce lists in 2016 and 2017. 

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