Since its launch in September 2008, WhichPLM has become an industry institution, packed with exclusive news, interviews, analysis and insight. Our staff of contributors may have changed in the intervening years, but our mission statement has always been clear: we work on behalf of the fashion industry, creating the clearest possible channels of communication between its technology suppliers, brands, and customers. Collectively, the WhichPLM experts boast a half-century of industry experience; as a team and individually, we understand PLM from the foundations upwards, and each of us is invested in understanding, reporting on, and helping to shape its future.
Mark Harrop is the Founder and Managing Director of WhichPLM. During a career that has spanned more than four decades, Mark has worked tirelessly to further the cause of PLM – providing the unbiased, expert advice that has enabled some of the world’s best known retailers, brands and manufacturers achieve efficiency savings across their entire supply chain through informed technology investments.
Mark founded WhichPLM to serve as an impartial channel of communication between suppliers and customers, and to provide unbiased, independent insight into what he knew would become the crowded industry it is today. Mark is also an avid writer for WhichPLM, exploring almost every topic relating to our industry.
Mark Harrop is available for bookings as part of our Advisory Services.
Lydia Hanson has been part of the WhichPLM team for over four years now. She has a creative and media background, and is responsible for maintaining and updating our website content, liaising with advertisers, working on special projects like the Annual Review, and more.
Joining mid-2013 as our Online Editor, she has since become WhichPLM’s Editor. In addition to taking on writing and interviewing responsibilities, Lydia has also become the primary point of contact for news, events, features and other aspects of our ever-growing online content library and tools.
Ben Hanson is one of WhichPLM’s top contributors. Ben has worked for magazines, newspapers, local government agencies, multi-million pound conservation projects, museums and creative publications before his eventual migration to the Retail, Footwear and Apparel industry. Having previously served as WhichPLM’s Editor, Ben knows the WhichPLM style, and has been responsible for many of our on-the-ground reports and interviews over the last few years. With a background in literature, marketing and communications, Ben has more than a decade’s worth of experience, and is now viewed as one of the industry’s best-known writers.
An internationally recognised Design VP, Rob Warner has delivered business success and innovation at brands including Puma, Umbro, the Iconix Brand Group, and Lululemon where he played a key role in the global expansion of the brand and exponential growth of the mens division. Since 2016 Rob is the Co-founder and Creative Director of Spark, a virtual design agency with a global network of creative talent. Clients span luxury fashion, sportswear, automotive and manufacturing, and include Belstaff, McLaren and Bemis.
Eric Fulmer has been a pioneer in digital photography and digital asset workflow since the early 1990s when he joined Fuji’s Digital Imaging Division, where he worked with major corporations and cultural institutions including The Smithsonian Institution and The Metropolitan Museum of Art as they adopted digital workflows. Later, Eric worked with leading photography studios at both Leaf and Phase One. He has led DAM integrations at major government institutions and played multiple roles in a startup SaaS platform vendor providing end-to-end creative production solutions for the world’s largest fashion and retail brands. He now leads the software team at Capture Integration, developing the ShotFlow One visual content production platform.
Dr. Evridiki Papahristou is a devoted fashion engineer with a research focus in the effective integration of 3D virtual prototype in the apparel industry. She began her studies at the University of Kent in European Fashion/Product development but after working as a fashion designer in a design studio in Milan she continued her studies with a Master’s degree researching new technologies in apparel. Working in parallel, as a CAD systems trainer in the industry as well as a lecturer for more than 15 years, she has trained many of today’s executives in digital fashion product development. Her recent Ph.D is a unique blend of fashion and engineering, trying to explore new ways of implementing and adopting new technologies like 3D and PLM. She loves research and strongly believes that knowledge should be shared diffusively without restriction.
Dr Evridiki Papahristou is available for bookings as part of our Advisory Services.
As a Director of Innovation at DECKERS Brands, Chris Hillyer contributes to the evolution of the product development process as well as leading other innovation projects. Chris got his start designing climbing equipment but quickly fell in love with the dynamic pace of footwear design as well as the wide array of materials and processes available. His passion for innovation has allowed him to participate in the design of shoes for Olympic athletes, Mountain Bikers and even a penguin. With the exciting new tools available to designers, developers and throughout the supply chain, Chris has become focused on re-envisioning the entire product creation process.
Yotam Solomon is a fashion designer and product developer focusing on cradle-to-cradle (C2C) innovation in apparel and footwear. Yotam draws inspiration from the natural environment; he has designed collections based on the Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico and on the relationship between prescribed drugs and its effect on our DNA. His approach to design is about supporting people, building an economy, and preserving and enriching our natural resources. By working with mass manufacturers and smaller production houses, Yotam initiated new research and development projects to eliminate toxic chemicals from today’s manufacturing process. Yotam brings insight about the relationship between sustainable design and the purchasing habits of the end consumer, and serves here as a sustainable fashion design expert.
Yotam Solomon is available for bookings as part of our Advisory Services.
With a career spanning four decades David Reay has influenced the shape of some of the world’s leading brands, renowned for their quality, precise in their delivery and efficient in their processes. He coaches leadership teams, from fast-fashion to high-end luxury names, and knows the inner workings of a textile business from top-to-bottom. With first-hand experience of every function he has the expertise to thoroughly analyse business model, working practices, processes, supplier and customer contracts, financial and operational data. He has undertaken due diligence for stakeholders including VCs and fund managers as well as new owners on the metrics of a business and how they may be improved. David is our global manufacturing and supply chain expert.
David Reay is available for bookings as part of our Advisory Services.
Lucy Blackley, PLM and Product Development expert, reporter and contributor to WhichPLM, has a background in the technical attributes to the apparel industry, focusing on Garment Technology, Pattern Cutting, Product Development, Technical Design, and (Industry) Software Design/Direction. While working in the industry, Lucy has aided her technical performance by the use of various CAD hardware, and PLM software systems, and has continued to proceed in this field. She continues to focus on using technology within her technical developments, and is still present within the apparel and production sector, working on her own businesses, as well as working for other companies and educational institutes.
Award winning British designer, Debbie McKeegan, began her digital journey almost two decades ago – pre-Photoshop, and pre-digital print. With a manufacturing background, a vast knowledge of traditional textiles (from both a design and production perspective), and an interest in CAD from its onset, today Debbie serves as an expert in the world of digital print. With her partner, she founded the Digetex Group in 2004 – specialising in Textiles and Wallpapers for a multitude of industries worldwide. Debbie has developed many new digital production practices, and speaks as an authority on digital design and print worldwide. As a WhichPLM contributor, she is able to pass on her wisdom as a digital pioneer; embracing the creative freedom offered with the advancement of new technology, she looks forward to sharing her knowledge.
Debbie McKeegan is available for bookings as part of our Advisory Services.
With more than 20 years’ experience in the apparel industry, Mark Charlton is a technical leader who has worked with manufacturers, trading companies, direct-to-consumer retailers,omni-channel national and global brands. His key focus is product groups from M2M tailoring to lingerie and everything in-between.
He has an uncompromising approach to understanding the complexities of apparel fit, both on a consumer and global level. Additionally, Mark has a proven record of driving and implementing organizational and process change from corporate teams throughout the global supply chain.
A senior contributor to WhichPLM, Kilara Le has a background in design and textiles, and a passion for streamlining product development. She has worked with major international retailers, brands, and technology providers on improving business processes, technology implementation and software development.
A seeker of elegant solutions to meet business goals and challenges, she is currently a freelance consultant with Walter Wilhelm Associates, and has previously worked with Gerber Technology, PTC, Dassault, and Lectra software.
Kilara Le is available for bookings as part of our Advisory Services.
Shoshana Burgett is the Director of Corporate Strategy and Customer Insights for X-Rite Pantone. In that role, she is responsible for leading the corporate voice of the customer (VOC) initiative across all industries, including print & packaging, plastics, automotive, paint & coatings, textiles, cosmetics and more. Before joining X-Rite Pantone in 2011, Shoshana worked at Xerox for 14 years, where she held several senior roles in both U.S. and non-U.S. capacities. Shoshana is a well-known speaker at industry events with a particular focus on colour measurement and management, colour supply chain efficiencies, colour measurement instrumentation and more. She serves on our panel as an expert in all things colour.
A prominent industry figure, Morag Ashworth has more than 20 years’ experience – the majority of those specialising in product development and supply. Morag studied at the Scottish College of Textiles. She then began her career by accruing a broad experience base, including roles in Garment Technology, Production Management and Sourcing & Commercial Management for such prestigious brands as Van Heusen, Peter England, Umbro, Mountain Equipment, Cotton Oxford and several suppliers to Marks & Spencer. Morag also worked as Senior Product & Sourcing Manager for international lifestyle and high performance sailing brand Henri Lloyd, before establishing herself as an independent consultant and contributor to WhichPLM.
Morag Ashworth is available for bookings as part of our Advisory Services.
Chris McCann has over twenty years’ experience managing social and environmental programs for the supply chains of national and multi-national Fortune 500 companies in Latin America, Europe, Africa and Asia. He is a member of the team responsible for creating an international governance structure for labour practices in the global retail sector (the Global Social Compliance Programme). He has received appointments to national and international agencies including the UK Ministry of Justice, UK Department for International Development, UK Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, and the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organisation.
Jaana Jätyri is the founder and CEO of Trendstop trend forecasting agency. Jaana started her career as an intern with WhichPLM’s CEO & Founder, Mark Harrop, and went on to set up the first business to sell PLM integrated design libraries to companies such as Marks & Spencer and River Island.
Today Trendstop is the world leader in sales-driven, business strategic fashion and lifestyle trend forecasting. Clients include Karl Lagerfeld, Tommy, Inditex Group, H&M, Hugo Boss, House of Fraser. Jaana serves as the trend expert on WhichPLM’s Board, and imparts her expertise to our readers through featured articles.
Nancy Winslow writes about human behavior as it relates to fashion & trend and PLM software. Her articles appear on websites and blogs. She is a fashion industry veteran and an independent PLM software consultant & Project Manager for the Fashion & Apparel Industry. Nancy has most recently been responsible for the deployment of Centric 8 PLM and has worked with Yunique Solutions’ plmON; Visual 2000’s VisualPLM; PTC’s Flex PLM; and Lectra’s FashionPLM. Her career in technology started at Ai and Freeborders where she worked as a PDM Consultant and Project Manager. Nancy loves writing and running and lives in New York City with her cat Marley.