Coach 75th Anniversary
by Stephen Garner
Coach 75th Anniversary
Image from Coach’s 75th Anniversary show

Coach, Inc. has appointed Kevin G. Wills as chief financial officer, effective no later than March 2017.

Wills replaces Jane Nielsen, who departed from Coach in August 2016. Andrea Shaw Resnick, who has held the position of Interim CFO since that time, will continue as global head of investor relations and corporate communications.

Wills joins Coach from AlixPartners LLP, a global business advisory firm, where he has served as managing director and chief financial officer since March 2014. At AlixPartners, Wills is responsible for all financial management, capital restructuring and mergers and acquisitions. Prior to AlixPartners, Wills was executive vice president and chief financial officer of Saks Incorporated, owner of the Saks Fifth Avenue, and Off 5th franchises, where he worked for nearly 16 years in various finance, strategic-planning, administration and operations positions. He also played an instrumental role in Saks’ sale to Hudson’s Bay Company. He has also served in executive positions at the Tennessee Valley Authority and Coopers and Lybrand (now known as PwC).

“Kevin brings nearly 30 years of broad-based and relevant retail and finance experience to Coach. His expertise and strong operational track record make him a valuable addition to the leadership team,” said Victor Luis, chief executive officer of Coach, Inc. “As we continue to execute our transformation plan, I have confidence that in Kevin we are adding a proven strategic business partner who will be an important part of Coach, Inc.’s next chapter of growth as a multi-brand company.”

“I am delighted to join Coach, an exceptional company with strong global brands and a disciplined focus on financial results,” added Wills. “I very much look forward to playing a key role as the firm executes its long-term global growth strategy.”