by Stephen Garner

coachNew York-based accessories company Coach has announced two key appointments focused on leading its North American and European business units.

Laura Dubin-Wander will join Coach as president of North America next year, reporting to Joshua Schulman, the company’s chief executive officer and president of Coach. She will be responsible for driving growth across all North American directly-operated retail and wholesale channels. Dubin-Wander will be joining Coach from Givenchy, where she currently holds the role of president for the U.S. market. Prior to that, Dubin-Wander held leadership roles at Christian Dior Couture, American Eagle Outfitters, Liz Claiborne and Victoria’s Secret.

“Laura is a results-oriented brand leader who brings with her deep retail experience across multiple categories and avenues of distribution,” said Schulman. “Her combined passion for business and fashion is the foundation of her successful career. She has a consumer-centric approach to managing brands and a proven track record of leading teams to deliver profitable growth.”

The company also announced that Fredrik Malm will join Coach as president of Coach Europe and Coach International, in the new year, reporting to Schulman. Malm’s role will encompass oversight of Coach’s directly operated retail and wholesale businesses in Europe, as well as the global franchise, distributor and travel retail businesses. Malm will join Coach from Ralph Lauren, where he currently holds the role of president of sales for EMEA. Having initially joined the company in 2011, Malm held various leadership roles within the EMEA leadership team.  Prior to Ralph Lauren, Fredrik was vice president of global retail, at Ecco and CEO at Intersport, a market leader in sporting goods in Sweden.

“Fredrik’s extensive international experience and leadership capabilities make him a natural fit for the role,” added Schulman. “He brings invaluable insights which are vital in driving rapid growth in the European market.”