The changes are intended to position the corporation for future growth.
By Jean E. Palmieri –
Randa Accessories has repositioned some of the senior managers in its luggage and wallets and seasonal accessories divisions and also named a new chief operating officer.
Under the restructuring, Brad Kovaly has been named president of Randa luggage. Kovaly has 25 years of experience at the company, starting in the neckwear division, then managing a newly acquired leather goods business, and most recently, was chief operating officer.
As head of the luggage division, which designs, produces and distributes Columbia, Timberland, Nautica, Chaps, Vince Camuto, Weatherproof, Nine West and others, Kovaly will concentrate on the growing market of innovative travel solutions and technology.
“Having a longstanding history with Randa, I look forward to this new challenge to help shape and define our luggage division and the industry as a whole,” Kovaly said. “By leveraging our strengths and investing in our core competencies, we will continue to grow our current business while developing new product and distribution opportunities.” Succeeding Kovaly as chief operating officer is Ed Turner, a 20-year Randa veteran who has experience in sales, merchandising, sourcing and brand management. Most recently, Turner was president of Randa’s wallets and seasonal accessories division.
“With the evolving nature of our industry and our company, it is important to create new tools and relationships to support our growth and our associates,” Turner said. “In this new role of overseeing sourcing, information technology and logistics, I will make sure we leverage the most effective business processes to ensure even greater speed-to-market and financial success.”
Succeeding Turner as president of the wallets and seasonal accessories division is Al Jasman. Most recently senior vice president of Randa’s key accounts division, Jasman began his career at Bon Marche department stores as a sportswear buyer. Subsequently, he moved to the wholesale side of the business as a neckwear merchant and senior manager at Mallory & Church, and joined Randa as vice president of neckwear sales, eventually adding leather goods to his responsibilities.
“I look forward to working with our incredible team to enhance and extend our product lines and channels of distribution,” Jasman said. “I plan on increasing the tactical use of our consumer insights program and our extraordinary retail service team, while taking full advantage of the best design, forecasting and sales managers in the business.”