PROMOTIONS AT TOM FORD: Tom Ford International named Cori Galpern as its new worldwide director of communications. She replaces Lisa Schiek, who resigned Dec. 18. Galpern has played a critical role in the expansion of the Tom Ford brand, having served as the worldwide director of advertising and marketing since June 2007, shortly after the brand launched men’s wear and opened its first flagship. In her new position, Galpern will oversee the global communication strategies for public relations, advertising and marketing for Tom Ford men’s wear, eyewear and fragrances. She is based in New York and will report to Ford as well as chief operating officer Tom Mendenhall. Galpern began her career at the communications firm Kirshenbaum Bond and Partners, then went to Calvin Klein to manage media for Collection and cK. In 1999, she joined Gucci Group and became U.S. advertising and marketing director for Gucci, Sergio Rossi and Bedat. In 2002, Galpern joined Vogue as international fashion director, then went to CurtCo Media, publishers of the Robb Report, as vice president of corporate sales.
In addition, Natalie Rawling has been named p.r. manager, North America. She takes that responsibility from Shirin Von Wulffen, the former North American director of communications, who resigned in October. No hire at the director level is expected at this time.
— Jean Scheidnes