Major Industry Shifts from Q4 2012
New President at Castelli North America - Promotional journal and notebook supplier Castelli North America, Sparks, Nev., welcomed back Fran Ford, Jr. as the company's president on December 7. Ford had previously worked at Castelli from 1993 to 2002. He also spent time as vice president of J. Charles Crystalworks.
Bodek and Rhodes Hires Quigley as CFO - Philadelphia-based Bodek and Rhodes, an apparel and activewear supplier, hired Tim Quigley as chief financial officer on December 13. Quigley joins the company after serving with the Philadelphia subsidiary of Coca-Cola for five years.
BIC Advertising & Promotional Products CEO Steps Down - Nicolas Paillot, chief executive officer of BIC Group, stepped down from his position effective December 31, 2012. Paillot took the reins of the promotional products side of the business in March 2011. Edgar Hernandez, a 24-year BIC veteran, took over group leadership on January 2.
Alternative Apparel Hires Fashion Veteran as President and CMO - Alternative Apparel out of Atlanta named Erik Joule as president and chief merchandising officer effective January 7, 2013. Joule 20 years working with several internationally known brands, including Disney, Guess and Gap.
Alibaba CEO and Founder Steps Down, Moves to Chairman Role - The founder and CEO of Alibaba, Jack Ma, announced that he would step down from his position on January 15, saying that the company could be better handled by a younger generation. Ma, who founded what became one of China's largest private companies in 1998, would switch to the role of executive chairman following the appointment of a successor.
There you go, all the C-level shifts you missed while eating turkey/drinking egg nog/flying to 1,000 trade shows. Update your Rolodexes and Outlook address books accordingly.