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The Nile announces new appointments

After weighing up its options for a public listing and raising $2.5 million capital through Deloitte, Australian online retailer The Nile Group has appointed Bell Potter and RBC Capital Markets to assist with the next phase of its potential pathway towards public markets.

The group has also appointed as chairman the technology expert and serial ASX-listed chairman, director, and CEO Peter James. He also currently chairs Macquarie Telecom, Nearmap, Droneshield and Ninefold.

The Nile Group currently owns and operates multiple online brands including Tiny Fox, will soon launch three more brands, and also leverages global marketplaces such as eBay and Amazon. It is also active in the New Zealand market, where the co-founders conceived of the company.

Mary Kay appoints new president for Asia Pacific region

Beauty brand Mary Kay has named Wendy Wang president of its Asia Pacific region operations.

In her new role, Wang — who recently held the position of chief commercial officer for the brand’s Asia Pacific sector — will provide strategic vision and leadership while working to create growth for the company in the region.

She joined Mary Kay in 2002 as counsel in the brand’s Corporate Legal Department and shortly thereafter began a multi-year assignment in China.

“Wendy is passionate for the Mary Kay independent sales force and is a proven leader within Mary Kay,” said David Holl, Mary Kay chairman and chief executive officer. “During her tenure, she has tirelessly built a strong and talented legal team that created a culture of compliance and compassion for China and the entire Asia Pacific Region. We are thrilled to welcome her as a member of the executive committee as we build on our efforts to enrich women’s lives around the globe.”

Nike announces leadership shakeup

Nike announced leadership changes on Tuesday as part of its Consumer Direct Acceleration (CDA).

Sarah Mensah has been appointed vice president and general manager of the company’s North American operations. 

Amy Montagne was named as the new vice president and general manager for Nike’s Asia Pacific and Latin America (APLA) division, sliding into the role that Mensah previously held.

Aaron Cain was appointed the vice president and general manager of Nike Men’s. All roles are effective immediately.

Both Mensah and Montagne report to Heidi O’Neill, president of consumer and marketplace.

“Sarah and Amy are two dynamic leaders, bringing deep experience and expertise to these important roles,” said O’Neill. “Sarah has continually demonstrated her ability to deliver strong results across our geographic and Jordan Brand businesses and I look forward to her bringing those skills to the North America team. Amy’s breadth of experience across Nike’s global categories – including Women’s – and most recently leading our Men’s consumer construct will be instrumental in leading future growth for APLA.”

Cain, who will now report to Michael Spillane, president of Nike’s Consumer Creation, will be responsible for creating products with deeper insights and driving even greater specialisation through performance sport and sport lifestyle for men.

“Aaron’s deep experience in product, merchandising, driving strong consumer connections and delivering exceptional business results across Nike will be well served in this role,” Spillane said. “I look forward to seeing Aaron’s expertise, passion for sports and team leadership be further showcased.”

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