This week’s executive moves include the addition of Target’s CEO to Yum! Brands’ board of directors, UPC Switzerland promotes its CMO after just two months, ForEyes names a CMO, there’s a new VP of marketing for Big Loud Records and Big Label Records names a director of Northeast promotion and marketing.

Also, this week saw Tom Dixon appoint a Swarovski marketer as CEO, new marketing director for retailer C&A, McDonald’s UK loses its marketing vice president and J.Crew’s CMO exits on the tail of its departing CEO.

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Yum! Brands Adds Target CEO To The Board

Brian Cornell, CEO of Target, has joined the Yum! Brands board as a non-executive chairman. Cornell has over 30 years of experience in retail and food leadership. Prior to joining Target, he served as CEO of PepsiCo Americas Food, CEO of Sam’s Club, CEO of Michael’s Stores, Inc. and EVP and CMO for Safeway.

“I’m thrilled that Brian Cornell has agreed to become Non-Executive Chairman of Yum! Brands, ensuring a seamless transition of the Board’s leadership,” Greg Creed, CEO of Yum! Brands said in a statement.

UPC Switzerland Promotes For Chief Marketing Officer

Stefan Fuchs has been appointed chief marketing officer for cable operator UPC Switzerland. The promotion comes just two months after Fuchs joined UPC as vice president of marketing. His experience spans over a decade, holding executive marketing positions at Unitymedia, Virgin Media and Liberty Global.

In this new role, Fuchs will oversee customer value proposition, experience and value management as well as products, content, business intelligence, brand and marcom.

For Eyes Appoints New CMO

Optical retailer For Eyes has named Lauren Macleod chief marketing officer. Macleod brings over 20 years of business leadership to the role and recently served as VP of digital experience and the Retail Lab at Starboard Cruise Services, a division of LVMH.

Nielsen Names CEO, Board Member

David Kenny will join Nielsen as its chief executive officer, effective December 3. He will also join the company’s board of directors. Kenny most recently served senior vice president of cognitive solutions at IBM, where he led IBM’s AI platform and portfolio. Prior to that, he was chairman and chief executive of The Weather Company before it was acquired by IBM. Kenny also served as president of Akamai and chairman and CEO of Digitas.

Big Loud Records Names VP Of Marketing

Big Loud Records has named Candice Watkins its new vice president of marketing. Watkins most recently served as Universal Music Group’s senior director of marketing and artist development. In addition to marketing, Watkins brings a wealth of talent management experience that she earned working with Red Light Management, Mozes, Inc., Borman Entertainment, Martingale Entertainment and her own company, First22

Tom Dixon Finds CEO In Former Swarovski Marketer

Alessandro Vergano has been appointed the new CEO for luxury furniture and home decor brand Tom Dixon. Vergano joins Tom Dixon after serving in various marketing roles at Swarovski in Zurich, Switzerland. Most recently he held the post of executive vice president of marketing, serving much of Swarovski’s luxury portfolio including jewelry, watches, and home decor.

Prior to that, Vergano served eight years in brand direction and management for Procter and Gamble.

C&A Names Marketing Director

Aida Rizvo has been appointed the new marketing director of fashion retailer C&A for Europe and Germany. Rizvo previously ran her own consulting firm, Emerge Partners. Prior to that, she held a number of marketing and brand management roles for companies like Schwarzkopf, Henkel and Remington, where she was responsible for brands including Taft and got2b.

“I am very pleased that we have attracted an extremely competent and experienced persona for the position as Director of Marketing at C&A,” said Alain Caparros, CEO of C&A Europe in a statement.

McDonald’s UK Marketing VP Departs To Start Own Consultancy

McDonald’s vice president of marketing and food development Emily Somers has left the company after three years. During her time at the brand, she became the most senior marketer in the UK. Prior to her time at McDonald’s, Somers held a variety of marketing roles, including managing director at Havas London, client services lead at Leo Burnett (McDonald’s advertising agency in the UK) and just under a year as a consultant for the BBC.

J.Crew Chief Marketing Officer Exits

Vanessa Holden has relinquished her role as CMO for J.Crew. She had been with the company since July of 2017 and recently spearheaded J.Crew’s relaunch. Her departure comes as J.Crew CEO Jim Brett also exits.

Holden held previous positions at Williams Sonoma and Martha Stewart Living.

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