Russell Newman Announces New Additions to Executive Management Team
Russell Newman (RN), New York, announced today that it will add two new executives to its management team. Victoria Vandagriff, formerly of Bendon/Elle Macpherson Intimates, has been named the executive vice president of sales for Russell Newman and will be charged with all strategic planning and management of RN's extensive branded and private-label businesses. In addition, Paula MacDougall, who was most recently the vice president of merchandising for the Warnaco Group, has been named chief merchandising officer. MacDougall will oversee design and merchandising for all RN brands and private label businesses.
"We are thrilled to add Victoria and Paula to our management team," said Eric Hamburg, chief executive officer of Russell Newman. “They both bring unique expertise with their extensive backgrounds in the industry and will support Russell Newman's growth trajectory."
Vandagriff has nearly 20 years of experience in the wholesale and retail apparel business and brings a wealth of knowledge and understanding of the intimate apparel business through her time with the Elle Macpherson and Carole Hochman brands. Most recently, Vandagriff was the president for Bendon/Elle Macpherson Intimates where she led the company's North American operations and executed the brand launches of Elle Macpherson Intimates, Fayreform, Bendon Sport and Stella McCartney. Prior to this experience, Vandagriff was the senior director of sales for the Lauren Division of Polo Ralph Lauren where she directed sales and managed the successful relaunch of the Lauren brand.
"Victoria has built significant retail relationships across all levels of distribution, and we look forward to her leadership," said Hamburg. "We are thrilled to welcome someone with Victoria's proven talent to the Russell Newman Brands team."
MacDougall is a proven merchant with 30 years of experience in the retail/wholesale apparel business. Most recently she was the vice president of merchandising for the Warnaco Intimate Apparel Group and prior, MacDougall spent 17 years at Federated/Macy's in a variety of intimate apparel product development, strategy and team building roles.