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Baker Succeeds Hormer at Halston

NEW YORK -- Halston Borghese Inc. has undergone another change at the top.<BR><BR>David Horner, who had been president for North America since May 1993, said this week he has completed his contractual term and has stepped down. Horner will continue...

NEW YORK — Halston Borghese Inc. has undergone another change at the top.

David Horner, who had been president for North America since May 1993, said this week he has completed his contractual term and has stepped down. Horner will continue with the company as a consultant, his original role when Halston Borghese was formed in January 1992.

His successor will be Sherry Baker, who had been president and chief operating officer at Swarovski Jewelry Limited. Prior to that, she was general manager of Unilever’s Erno Laszlo and Parfums International brands, worked as a consultant to the Donna Karan Beauty Co., was senior vice president for Charles of the Ritz and was director of treatment for Ultima II.

Baker said she was looking forward to working with Halston Borghese’s “diverse portfolio of brands.”

“The challenge is working with the different segments,” she said, adding that the Princess Marcella Borghese line “has incredible potential.”

Baker will report to Ray Baliatico, president and chief executive officer.

“Her experiences and successes in the past are what we’re looking for going forward with Halston Borghese,” said Baliatico, who noted that Baker had reported to him when both worked at Unilever.

“Sherry and I have worked effectively together as a team,” he said. “She’s considered a top-notch executive by retailers.”

The company’s original North American president, Matthew Rubel, resigned last May to become president of Pepe Jeans U.S.A. Horner was then named to fill the post.

Michael Marten, who had led the company as president and chief executive officer from its inception, announced his retirement in early November. He was succeeded by Baliatico, a former executive at Swarovski.

As a consultant, Horner said he will continue to work with photographer Richard Avedon, who has a two-year contract to shoot new advertising campaigns for the Princess Marcella Borghese color and treatment brand.