PARIS — Lancel may be on the lookout for a new chief executive officer, WWD has learned.
Its current ceo, Marc Lelandais, and parent Compagnie Financière Richemont, “have come to identify differences of views on major matters regarding the management of the company,” a Lancel spokeswoman said, confirming that the change was revealed internally Friday by Marty Wikstrom, ceo of Richemont’s fashion and accessories businesses, which also include Azzedine Alaïa, Alfred Dunhill, Chloé and Shanghai Tang.
The spokeswoman added, “Marty has also announced that she will be spending considerable time in Paris and that there will be no change in strategy for the maison. She acknowledged the strong results achieved by Lancel in recent years and reiterated Richemont’s commitment to the house.”
Eric Langon, currently chief operating officer and a five-year employee of Lancel, will be heading up company operations for the time being, added the spokeswoman, who declined to confirm Lelandais’ current employment status.
An official statement on the subject is expected this week.
Since joining Lancel in 2006, Lelandais has focused on streamlining distribution and ramping up the brand’s international presence. Prior to that, he worked for Escada and Children Worldwide Fashion in management and marketing positions.
In November, Lelandais hosted a lavish party for Lancel’s 135th anniversary at the brand’s revamped and expanded Champs-Elysées flagship in Paris.
“The [retail] concept was not at all in line with what we wanted to express. My intention was to renovate many stores all over the world and make [the Champs-Elysées flagship] the cherry on the cake at the moment of transition to start rolling out the flagships,” Lelandais told WWD in a recent interview.
Major product launches by the house over the past five years under Lelandais include the Premier Flirt bucket bag, L’Adjani, Le Brigitte Bardot and the Daligramme line.