Kenneth Cole

Melissa Campanelli is Editor-in-Chief of Total Retail. She is an industry veteran, having covered all aspects of retail, tech, digital, e-commerce, and marketing over the past 20 years. Melissa is also the co-founder of the Women in Retail Leadership Circle.

American designer Kenneth Cole appointed a new CEO yesterday. The company's founder, who kicked off New York Fashion Week with a performance by his longtime friend and rock musician Jon Bon Jovi and ended it with an encore, said Marc Schneider will assume the role of CEO on Feb. 23. The new CEO will report to Cole. Schneider comes to New York-based Kenneth Cole Productions Inc. and has three decades of brand building, merchandising and retail experience.

Welcome to Retail Online Integration's fourth annual list of the leading female executives in the omnichannel retail industry. The women chosen for this list hold top-level positions within omnichannel retail organizations, and are being recognized for their position and scope of responsibility, achievements within their own company, and their involvement within the retail industry. In addition to learning about the career paths of these top retail executives, each woman has provided her top tip for omnichannel retail success in 2014.

Fashion designer Kenneth Cole has once again drawn the ire of the internet with a tweet making light of the Syrian conflict. With the debate over America's potential intervention in the Syrian civil war raging, on Thursday the shoe guru tweeted from his personal account: "'Boots on the ground' or not, let's not forget about sandals, pumps and loafers. #Footwear." The reaction online was swift, with legions of Twitter users branding Cole insensitive. "Mocking war to sell fashion? Really?" one user tweeted.

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