Stuart Weitzman Names CEO

Stuart Weitzman Holdings LLC today announced several new appointments, including Gaetano Sallorenzo as the firm’s CEO.

Sallorenzo, who began working with the company last month, most recently served as CEO of Replay Group, the Italian luxury denim-wear firm. He also had been CEO of CK and Calvin Klein Jeans and Sportswear for Europe and Asia, and president of Giorgio Armani for North America.

“We are pleased that [Sallorenzo] is joining us in this important phase of development,” Weitzman said in a press release. “His international experience with leading brands will help Stuart Weitzman capitalize on new opportunities and develop a truly enhanced global presence.”

The company has been without a CEO since late 2007. Weitzman had been juggling the position with his roles as executive chairman and creative director.

Weitzman also has named Wayne Kulkin as president of the company. Kulkin, who has worked with Weitzman for 20 years, will oversee the brand’s domestic and international wholesale and retail businesses.

“[His] extensive knowledge and involvement in all aspects of the company and his experience with the retail sector to which we cater will continue to assure improvement and growth in all phases of the company’s operations,” Weitzman said.

In addition, Giorgio Vicini, who has an extensive production background, has been tapped to join the company as chief manufacturing adviser for all footwear, effective immediately. Vicini, who Weitzman said brings his company “vast experience and expertise in shoemaking,” has worked for 25 years with brands such as Christian Dior, Roberto Cavalli, DSquared, Balmain and Giuseppe Zanotti, out of San Mauro Pascoli, Italy.

The moves are part of long-term plans to enhance strategic growth at Weitzman’s firm, in which The Jones Group acquired a majority stake in May.

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