By and  on February 23, 2011

A born merchant and one of the industry’s most admired executives, Mark Lee will be recalled for his time at Gucci as the unassuming American who boosted revenues 46 percent during his four-year tenure — and for his abrupt departure shortly after the credit crunch hit.

A key protégé of former Gucci chief executive officer Domenico De Sole’s, Lee was named president of Yves Saint Laurent in November 1999, where he championed the promotion of one of Tom Ford’s design deputies, Stefano Pilati, to pilot the French house.

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