Posts Tagged ‘Elizabeth Arden’

HSN Appoints Chief Financial Officer

November 29, 2016

HSN Inc. has hired an Elizabeth Arden Inc. and Procter & Gamble veteran, Rod Little, as its chief financial officer.

He will join the company Jan. 3, reporting to CEO Mindy Grossman. Little succeeds Judy Schmeling, who was named president of HSNi operating division Cornerstone Brands in August, in addition to her continuing role as COO of HSN Inc.

Schmeling will work closely with Little “to ensure a seamless transition,” according to the press release Monday.

Little’a resume includes stints as CFO for Elizabeth Arden as well as a variety of leadership positions with Procter & Gamble.

“Rod is an accomplished finance executive with significant public company and operational expertise in the consumer products industry,” Grossman said in a canned statement.

“We are absolutely thrilled to have someone with his background and proven experience join the HSNi leadership team. Rod is a focused, strategic and creative thinker — known as a motivator and collaborator. He has the unique combination of being both bold and thoughtful in thinking and action, and I look forward to working with him as we deliver long-term growth for the company.”

Little will oversee all financial management, including accounting, financial planning and analysis, internal audit, treasury, tax, investor relations and media affiliate relations.

“HSNi is a leader in direct to consumer retail, and I look forward to joining the talented executive team across its HSN and Cornerstone operating segments,” Little said in his canned statement, kissing up to his new employer.

“These are both exciting and challenging times in the retail industry, which present real opportunities for a company like HSNi, with strength in digital and e-commerce and its focus on delivering innovative, differentiated retail experiences. It’s clear to me that HSNi is committed to harnessing the power of its unique platform to maximize performance and profitability.”

Most recently, Little served as executive vice president and CFO of Elizabeth Arden, Inc., “where he was instrumental in a turnaround that restored revenue growth and profitability, ultimately resulting in that public company’s sale to Revlon Inc.,” according to the press release.

Prior to that, Little served as CFO for Procter & Gamble’s multi-billion dollar global salon professional division.

“While at P&G, he was hand-picked by the CFO and President to oversee the turnaround of the multi-billion dollar global salon business,” the press release said.

“He played a broad role, leading a finance team of professionals in more than 20 countries where he had end-to-end responsibility for strategy development, business planning, financial reporting, and product development through to sales and cash collection.”

Little holds a B.S. in Management from the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., and an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh.

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Duh, New York Times: Did Apple Ruin Its Image By Going On HSN?

September 27, 2012

The knuckleheads in the U.S. press just can’t seem to get it through their thick noggins that home shopping networks are not longer just cubic zirconia emporiums. The latest example is the venerable, but totally out of touch, New York Times.

The broadsheet posted a blog Wednesday with the headline “Would a Home-Shopping TV Appearance Damage a High-End Brand?” It raises the question of whether Emmy-winning makeup artist Eve Pearl should appear on ShopNBC with her cosmetics line.

http://boss.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/09/26/would-a-home-shopping-appearance-damage-a-high-end-brand/

Eve Pearl

The blog says that Pearl worried “whether the mass sales platform offered a good fit for her high-end cosmetics.” We think that the very topic is more reflective of The Times’ attitude, and looking down its nose, at home shopping.

The blog then quotes three experts about whether they would advise Pearl to go on ShopNBC.

One of them, Bethany Karlyn, actually knew the score.

“Maintaining a high-end brand image in a home-shopping venue is not the challenge it once was,” she told The Times. “In fact, she’ll find herself in good company. The schlock impression has changed with high-end brands such as Elizabeth Arden, Benefit, Lancôme, Vincent Longo, Lorac and Shiseido, on HSN. On QVC, Perricone has a two-ounce product selling for $495.”

Not for nothing, but stellar brands such as Apple, Sony, Bobbi Brown, Dennis Basso, Robert Lee Morris, Judith Ripka — to name just a tiny few — don’t seem to be any worse for the wear by appearing on HSN and QVC.

Duh.