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The Latest Appointments, Yves Saint Laurent, Rolls Royce & Bavaria Yachtbau

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The latest appointments at Barney’s New York, Harry Winston, Burberry, Louis Vuitton, Yves Saint Laurent, Bavaria Yachtbau, Rolls Royce & Pringle of Scotland.


As Marc Jacobs sought a replacement for the ‘oversharing’ Robert Duffy on Twitter, Valérie Hermann assisted François-Henri Pinault in finding a successor for the CEO position at Yves Saint Laurent. Bergdorf Goodman lost their divisional manager for designer sportswear to Barneys, as new leader Mark Lee continues to poach New York’s most prominent luxury brand executives.

Current L’Oreal CEO Jean-Paul Agon was named chairman of the group as Lindsay Owen-Jones moved into an honorary chairman role, ahead of his 65th birthday. Whilst one of the key men behind the design of the Jaguar XJ and XK moved across to Rolls-Royce as its chief of exterior design.



Paul Deneve, CEO, Yves Saint Laurent

Former CEO of Lanvin, Paul Deneve was recently selected by Valérie Hermann and François-Henri Pinault to head up Yves Saint Laurent alongside creative director Stefano Pilati. Deneve has served Lanvin for three-years until 2009, overseeing explosive growth for the brand under creative director Alber Elbaz and menswear designer Lucas Ossendrijver. He originally joined Lanvin after a presidency at Nina Ricci and management roles at Courrèges, Apple and Exxon.

Source: WWD
LS Company Profile: Yves Saint Laurent



Cyrille Baudet, CFO, Harry Winston

Most recently the Regional Chief Financial Officer for the Richemont Group businesses in Europe, the Middle East and South America, Cyrille Baudet was recently appointed as Group Chief Financial Officer for Harry Winston. Beginning his career with Ernst & Young and Pricewaterhouse Coopers, he eventually joined Richemont International as Group Senior Internal Auditor, followed by assignments at Alfred Dunhill and Cartier.

Source: PR Wire
LS Company Profile: Harry Winston



Haico van der Luyt, director sales & marketing, Bavaria Yachtbau

Previously responsible for the Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge brands at Fiat Germany, Van der Luyt has also been a member of the board of directors at Alfa Romeo and Lancia. Prior to his appointment in the board of Alfa Romeo and Lancia in 2009, the Dutchman was looking after the Sales department at Alfa Romeo from 2005.

Source: BYM Industry News
Website: Bavaria Yachtbau



Jennifer Sun Woo, SVP women’s designer fashion, Barneys

The former Bergdorf’s divisional merchandise manager of designer sportswear, recently left the retailer to join Barneys as the senior vice president of women’s designer fashion, servicing key labels like Balenciaga and Lanvin.

Source: WWD
LS Company Profile: Barneys New York



Jean-Paul Agon, chairman and CEO, L’Oreal

Current CEO, Jean-Paul Agon has been tapped to replace Lindsay Owen-Jones as Chairman of the L’Oreal group. Owen-Jones served L’Oreal for an unprecedented 42-years, including 23 years as chairman and has been credited with turning L’Oreal into the world’s number-one beauty company with a diversified management and globalized portfolio of brands.

Source: WWD
LS Company Profile: L’Oreal



Renaud François, director of marketing & communication, Escada

After 10 years at Jean-Claude Jitrois, most recently as PR director, François Renaud has been named director of marketing and communication for Escada":["Escada] France. Escada was bought in 2009 Megha Mittal, stepdaughter of Indian tycoon Lakshmi Mittal and continues to undergo restructuring. Its new CEO expects a return to profits in 2011 through the development of new lines.

Source: Escada
LS Company Profile: Escada



Simona Zerchi, vice president of wholesale, Gucci

The former president of Céline USA, under the LVMH Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy umbrella, has become the vice president of wholesale for Gucci for PPR. Most recently Zerchi was president at Casadei USA, the Italian accessories and footwear firm which she joined in 2009, after her stint at Céline and more than a decade at Prada USA Corp as vice president of retail and wholesale for Prada and Miu Miu in the U.S.

Source: WWD
LS Company Profile: Gucci



Jean Fang, CEO, Pringle of Scotland

Mary-Adair Macaire has stepped down as chief executive officer of Pringle of Scotland, succeeded by Jean Fang, a member of the Hong Kong-based family that owns the brand. Benoit Duverger, formerly the director of global communications at Pringle, has been named managing director, reporting to Fang and her family. The Fang family business, S.C. Fang & Sons Co. Ltd., acquired Pringle from Dawson International plc in 2000.

Source: WWD
LS Company Profile: Pringle of Scotland



Manish Arora, creative director, Paco Rabanne

After recent collaborations with Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garçons, Paco Rabanne continues to inject new life into his brand with the appointment of Manish Arora as creative director. Vincent Thilloy, Puig VP overseeing Rabanne, said that the founder is looking to “transmit this brand to a new generation,” adding: “I think people are looking for brands with great heritage — and stories to tell. It’s a perfect time to come back.”

Source: Fashionologie
LS Company Profile: Paco Rabanne



Marianne Naberhaus, SVP wholesale Americas, Burberry

In a newly created role, former vice president of women’s wear and women’s non-apparel, Marianne Naberhaus has been announced as the senior vice president of wholesale for Burberry Americas. New responsibilities will include the growth and evolution of Burberry’s wholesale business for womenswear, menswear and non-apparel categories in the region. Prior to joining Burberry in 2008, Naberhaus was a managing director for Mexx and Liz Claiborne Accessories in Amsterdam.

Source: WWD
LS Company Profile: Burberry



Giles Taylor, chief of exterior design, Rolls Royce

Industrial designer Giles Taylor, one of the key men behind the design of the new XJ and stunning XK at Jaguar, has been appointed chief of exterior design by Rolls Royce. Though he has generally honed his talents within the UK though he’s notched up several international design roles under his belt. Taylor will play a key role in the upcoming preparation of the new coupe and convertible versions of the top-selling Ghost sedan as well as the eventual successor to the Phantom.

Source: Motor Authority
LS Company Profile: Rolls Royce



Amanda Brooks VP Women’s Fashion Director, Barneys New York

Daniella Vitale, chief merchant and executive vice president of Barneys New York, has appointed Amanda Brooks as the Barneys’ fashion director. The former director of William Morris Endeavor Entertainment has worked as a creative director at Hogan and Tuleh while writing for Vogue, Men’s Vogue, and The New York Times. Vitale remarked: “I have long admired Amanda and her effortless blend of luxury and individual style. Her unique perspective on fashion mirrors what Barneys represents and we feel very fortunate to have her join the team.”

Source: Fashionologie
LS Company Profile: Barneys New York



Steve Shen, CEO, Tommy Hilfiger China

Following the group’s decision last March to assume direct control of Hilfiger’s wholesale and retail distribution in China from its licensee Dickson Concepts (International) Ltd, Steve Shen has been named CEO of the upcoming Chinese business. Previously a member of the founding management team for Esprit in China, Shen has worked for the past eight years as Esprit’s general manager based in Shanghai.

Source: WWD
LS Company Profile: Tommy Hilfiger



Valérie Chapoulaud-Floquet, president & CEO, Louis Vuitton North America

Currently Vuitton’s president for Southern Europe, Chapoulaud-Floquet has also served as CEO of Louis Vuitton Taiwan and president of the luxury products division at L’Oréal USA, after working with the French beauty giant for 24 years. Based in New York, she fills a position vacant since last July when Daniel Lalonde was named president and CEO of Paris-based Champagne firm Moët & Chandon.

Source: WWD
LS Company Profile: Louis Vuitton