Appoints Zach Augustine to EVP, Global Environments; Erin Thomson
VP, Artistic Director, Global Environments
Coach, Inc. (NYSE: COH, SEHK: 6288), a leading marketer of modern
classic American accessories, today announced a further strengthening of
its creative organization with two key appointments focused on elevating
store environments globally.
Lew Frankfort, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Coach, Inc.,
said, “The appointments of Zach Augustine and Erin Thompson to these
newly created roles are the latest steps we’ve taken to broaden our
capabilities to enhance the Coach experience through product, retail
environments and integrated marketing communications. This comprehensive
approach to our transformation to a lifestyle brand will add excitement
and cachet to Coach.”
Zach Augustine will join Coach as EVP, Global Environments, effective
March 11, 2013, reporting to Reed Krakoff. Mr. Augustine will lead
initiatives across Visual Merchandising, Architecture and Creative
Development partnering with the other leaders to create a consistent and
cohesive brand story.
Mr. Augustine joins Coach from Nike, where he held the role of Global
Creative Director – Direct-to-Consumer Experience. Prior to Nike, he was
co-founder of Winston, a consulting firm that worked with clients on
projects ranging from brand identity design to retail and showroom
design, development and production. He started his career in visual
merchandising at Giorgio Armani and worked in creative leadership
positions of increasing responsibility at Diesel, Polo Jeans, Nautica
and Levi Strauss before launching Winston.
Additionally, Erin Thompson will join Coach this spring as VP, Artistic
Director, Global Environments. In this role, Ms. Thompson will oversee
all creative development for windows, in-store, showrooms and events,
reporting to Mr. Augustine. Ms. Thompson comes to Coach from Selfridges
& Co., in London, where she most recently held the position of Head of
Visual, having initially joined the company in 2002. Prior to
Selfridges, Ms. Thompson spent twelve years at Mulberry in progressively
senior visual merchandising roles.
Reed Krakoff, President and Executive Creative Director, added, “Our
stores are our most important point of engagement with our customers -
they allow us to showcase the world of Coach in its fullest expression.
Both Zach and Erin have extensive and successful track records of
creating impactful consumer experiences that will be instrumental in
bringing our stores to the next level.”
The company appointed Sandra Hill, EVP Women’s Design who joined Coach
in January 2013 with responsibility over all women’s product. Ms. Hill
was credited with building out the Women’s business at Paul Smith Ltd.,
in London where she held increasingly more senior creative positions
leading to her elevation to Creative/Design Director Womenswear in 2007,
departing in 2011. During her 16 year tenure, she partnered with Paul
and was responsible for leading the vision for Women’s across all
categories including ready-to-wear and accessories.
Coach had previously appointed Jeffrey Uhl to his current position as
SVP Men’s Design in September 2012. He originally joined Coach in July
2010 from Converse. Since joining Coach in 2010, Jeffrey has been
instrumental in the transformation and tremendous growth of the Men’s
business across all channels and geographies.
Coach, with headquarters in New York, is a leading American marketer of
fine accessories and gifts for women and men, including handbags, men’s
bags, women’s and men’s small leathergoods, weekend and travel
accessories, footwear, watches, outerwear, scarves, sunwear, fragrance,
jewelry and related accessories. Coach is sold worldwide through Coach
stores, select department stores and specialty stores, and through
Coach’s website at www.coach.com.
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