Chief operating officer Michael Scarpa is the latest executive to exit Liz Claiborne Inc.
This story first appeared in the October 20, 2008 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.
The company will not replace Scarpa when he leaves on Nov. 30. His responsibilities will be divided among members of the senior management team.
Chief financial officer Andy Warren will add executive vice president to his current title. His increased responsibilities will cover logistics, information systems, financial operations, special sales, distribution and Liz Claiborne Canada. Global sourcing will report to chief executive officer William L. McComb.
“Mike has made many significant contributions to this company in his more than 25 years here,” McComb said. “Mike’s help in guiding Liz Claiborne through its brand-centric reorganization, an all-encompassing transition that has left no area untouched, has been invaluable. With our major structural changes all but complete and key players installed in critical roles, we mutually agreed that now was the appropriate time for him to move on.”
Other veteran members of senior management have departed the $4 billion vendor. Larry McClure, senior vice president and chief human resources officer, and Roberta S. Karp, senior vice president of corporate affairs, business development and legal, both announced their retirements this year.
Scarpa joined Claiborne in 1983 as budget manager. He held positions of increasing responsibility, becoming chief financial officer in 2000, senior vice president in 2002 and chief operating officer in 2007.�