G-III adds two new board members
G-III Apparel announced on Thursday the election of Lisa Warner Wardell and Patti Ongman to its board of directors, on news of the departure of Willem van Bokhorst and Jeanette Nostra-Katz from the board this summer.
New York-based G-III said van Bokhurst and Nostra-Katz have notified the company that they will not stand for re-election at the company’s annual meeting of stockholders to be held in June. Nostra-Katz will continue in her role as a senior advisor to the company, which owns and operates brands fashion brands DKNY, Donna Karan, and Sonia Rykiel, among others.
A U.S. retail veteran, Ongman previously served as the chief merchandising officer of Macy’s, as well as the chief planning officer, where she led the company’s merchandising function and omni-channel strategy implementation. She was also the founding executive sponsor of WAM, an employee resource group for women at Macy’s.
Today, Ongman serves as an external advisor to an international consulting company, where she provides guidance to their clients on digital and retail projects. She is also a member of the New Yorkers for Children board of directors where she serves on the audit committee.
Likewise, Wardell currently serves as executive chairman of the board of directors for Adtalem Global Education, a workforce solutions provider and healthcare education company, after her successful five-year run as the company’s president and CEO and then CEO and chairman. She is also a member of the board of American Express Company, the Economic Club of Chicago, the Executive Leadership Council, CEO Action for Diversity and Inclusion and the Fortune CEO Initiative.
“We are pleased to welcome Lisa and Patti to our board of directors and are looking forward to working with them," said Morris Goldfarb, G-III’s chairman and chief executive officer.
"Lisa’s business acumen and significant technology focus combined with Patti’s extensive omni-channel retail operations experience will provide valuable perspectives to G-III. As we continue to execute our strategy to unlock the value of our brands, their insights into omni-channel and data-driven retail will support our management team’s plans.”
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