By  on September 2, 2005

NEW YORK — Glenn McMahon, president of Ellen Tracy, is said to be heading to Dolce & Gabbana as president of its U.S. operation.

An announcement is expected shortly.

McMahon would succeed Gabriella Forte, who decided earlier this year not to renew her contract. McMahon could not be reached for comment on Thursday. A spokeswoman for Dolce & Gabbana in New York said she couldn't comment on any appointment. She said information had to come out of the Milan office, which was closed at press time.

McMahon took over as president of Ellen Tracy shortly after the firm's September 2002 acquisition by Liz Claiborne Inc. His mission was to make Linda Allard Ellen Tracy and Company Ellen Tracy continue to run smoothly, and he was responsible for sales, design, marketing and production, including potential expansions into new categories. Under McMahon, the brand tapped George Collins Sharp as vice president of design after Ellen Tracy's founding designer and creative director, Linda Allard, retired. He also oversaw the opening of the brand's first store, at the Americana Manhasset shopping center.

Before joining Ellen Tracy, McMahon was president of Kenneth Cole women's sportswear, then a division of Liz Claiborne.

McMahon, who had worked at Ellen Tracy early in his career, has spent much time in the bridge market, but he is no stranger to the designer sportswear category. Before moving to Kenneth Cole in 1999, he was executive vice president for Giorgio Armani Le Collezioni for two years, and prior to that had a stint at Donna Karan.

Forte took the fashion industry by surprise in March when the company disclosed she was stepping down from the post after three years. Before Dolce & Gabbana, Forte had spent five years as the president and chief operating officer of Calvin Klein Inc. and 15 years at Giorgio Armani as executive vice president.

At the time of her resignation, Forte said she would stay at the company "as long as necessary" to guarantee an effective handover. Forte was traveling and couldn't be reached for comment Thursday, but one source told WWD that she was the one who signed the contract with the new president.

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