- COLDWATER'S NEW CEO: Daniel Griesemer, president and chief operating officer of Coldwater Creek Inc., will become the company's chief executive officer on Oct. 30, and retain the role of president. He succeeds Dennis Pence, co-founder, chairman and ceo, who will retire as ceo at the end of this month but remain chairman. Griesemer will also serve on the company's board. "I have had the extraordinary privilege to cofound and lead Coldwater Creek for 23 years, and I leave with complete confidence in our company's future," Pence said in a statement. He added that Griesemer "has a deep understanding of this business and a clear vision of [its] future growth potential." Griesemer joined Coldwater Creek in October 2001 and was promoted to president and chief operating officer in March 2007. Earlier, he held positions at Gap Inc. and Federated Department Stores Inc.

- KENNETH COLE'S NEW JEWELRY: Kenneth Cole Productions Inc. has entered into a licensing agreement with Haskell Jewels LLC to produce the Kenneth Cole New York jewelry collection, which will consist of a full range of costume jewelry including cocktail rings, necklaces, bracelets and earrings. Previously held by Liz Claiborne Inc., the license with Haskell will begin with the spring season.

- PRADA TAPS BLAKE: Prada SpA said it has appointed former Gucci Group and Burberry executive Brian Blake as chief operating officer in a newly created role, confirming a Monday report in these columns. Blake will oversee the retail and wholesale businesses for the Prada, Miu Miu and Car Shoe brands. Blake, 51, spent 17 years at Gucci until 2004, when he became the worldwide president and chief operating officer of Burberry Group plc. He left the British company the following year due to family reasons. "I am happy to announce Brian Blake's appointment. With him, we are now further reinforcing our management team," Prada chief executive Patrizio Bertelli said in a statement. Prada has not fully committed itself to going public, but a stronger and diversified management team could facilitate an eventual IPO process and woo investors.

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