Modern luxury brand Coach has promoted Ian Bickley (pictured), to the role of president, global business development and strategic alliances. He was previously president, International group for the Coach brand.
In his last role, he was responsible for all international direct retail businesses and oversight for Coach’s International wholesale and distributorship businesses around the world, which today account for more than 200 locations in over 20 countries. In addition, he was responsible for the development of all new and emerging markets globally.
Bickley has been focused on strengthening Coach's international leadership team and building the foundation for Coach's direct business operation in Asia completing the buybacks of Coach retail businesses in China, Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore and Malaysia. Most recently, Bickley concluded important new partnerships to develop the Coach business in Europe, Brazil and Vietnam.
Bickley joined Coach in May, 1993 as director, international planning and operations and assumed responsibility for Japanese business development two years later. In 1997, he became VP of Japan, and relocated to Tokyo. In 2001, Bickley was promoted to president of Coach Japan, an entity formed to enable Coach to take direct control and ownership of its business in Japan. According to Coach, under his leadership from 2001 to 2006, the business grew fourfold with Coach jumping from the number five to the number two imported handbag and accessory brand in Japan.
Now with his new capacity from 2 July 2017 onwards, Bickley will continue to report directly to Victor Luis, CEO of Coach. He will be responsible for strategic partnerships across brands. He will have oversight of the company’s global real estate development and will partner with the brand presidents in leading strategic distributor relationships, licensing partnerships and collaborations.
“Bickley has been a tremendous leader and contributor to the growth of our business during his 24-year tenure with Coach. His extensive global relationships and industry experience make him the perfect fit for this important strategic role in the next chapter of our multi-brand evolution,” said Luis.
“Coach is now better positioned to continue its journey as a global house of brands. Bickley’s new appointment, together with the addition of Joshua Schulman to our seasoned group of leaders, will enable the company to focus on strategic and long-term growth opportunities across brands and businesses,” he added.