GQ China is Rumored to Snatch Paco Tang from Esquire China
Rumor has it that Esquire China’s current marketing director Paco Tang is to assume a new position as publisher of GQ China. Tang has successfully led Esquire Magazine’s development in China from business-facing to consumer-facing and facilitated a series of local-collaboration projects to familiarize Chinese consumers with this men’s publication under the American media conglomerate Hearst. If the rumor turns out to be true, it’s highly anticipated that GQ China will make headlines in China’s luxury and media industries in the near future.
Nelson Mui, the New VP of Hong Kong Duty-Free Giant DFS
Nelson Mui has officially started his new position as VP of global fashion merchandising and trends at DFS Group this week. DFS Group is a global luxury duty-free retailer founded in Hong Kong, which now has over 420 store locations in major airports and urban downtown areas primarily along the Eastern and Western coast of the Pacific Ocean. Mui’s role at DFS is Prior to this new position, he had been with Hudson’s Bay Company, a Canadian retail business group, for a little over three years. He holds an M.A. in fashion from London’s Central Saint Martins.
Sheri McCoy to Leave Avon in March
Sheri McCoy, the CEO of Avon since 2012, announced her resignation yesterday. The company was the first foreign entity to obtain a direct selling license in China in 2008 and this move has since been under scrutiny. Eventually, it cost the company $135 million in fines in 2014 for violating the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. McCoy’s exit was said to be the result of intense pressure from investors, with one major investor allegedly saying that she has “overseen a tremendous destruction of shareholder value” but failed to remedy the loss. Prior to Avon, McCoy was the worldwide chairman of Johnson & Johnson Surgical Care Group and had appeared No.49 on Fortune’s Most Powerful Women list in 2015.
Irene Lin, VP of Marriott in Asia Pacific Discussed Future of Starwood’s Loyalty Program post-Marriott Merger
Irene Lin became the vice president of digital, loyalty, and portfolio marketing of Marriott in the Asia Pacific region after the company of her initial employment, Starwood Hotels, was purchased by Marriott last year. In the mark of the one-year anniversary of the merger, she talked to Campaign Asia about how she handled the handover of Starwood’s loyalty program Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) and the challenges she faced. The SPG loyalty program is one of the most successful experiments in the marketing of hotel loyalty programs, according to Lin, and it has brought Starwood more than half of its clientele. Lin said it was difficult to remedy the loss that Starwood members suffered after the merger and the hotel had lost some of its old members. She put emphasis on the new services provided in the partnership with Marriott, such as PlacePass, and said she hoped it would appeal to new members. Lin had been with Starwood Hotels since 2013 and prior to that, she was the director of sales and marketing at Westin Hotels for five years. She holds a bachelor of commerce from Ryerson University.