By  on March 29, 2006

NEW YORK — Charles Jayson, president and chief executive officer of Dickson North America, has resigned from the company.

Jayson had been with the firm since 1999, leading investment activities in North America and developing relationships with U.S. companies seeking to expand their reach by being represented by Dickson Concepts in Southeast Asia and China.

The departing chief declined to disclose his next move.

While at Dickson, Jayson held various posts, including vice chairman of Tommy Hilfiger Handbags and Accessories Inc., for which the group holds the license in the U.S. He is credited with building the company from a start-up to a broadly distributed profitable business in all major department store groups. In addition, Jayson was chairman of Bertolucci, the luxury watch and jewelry company based in Switzerland, which Dickson acquired in April 2005. During his tenure at Dickson, he also held the post of vice chairman of S.T. Dupont, the Paris-based men's lifestyle brand with products such as luxury writing instruments and lighters, but he no longer held those responsibilities at the time of his resignation.

Jayson said in a statement, "Focusing on luxury and world-class brands on an international basis has afforded me the opportunity to experience all levels of global fashion, manufacturing, wholesale and retail operations. I have had unique opportunities to be hands-on in merchandising and operational activities, along with managing complex financial issues within U.S. borders and abroad. These experiences have provided me with unparalleled growth that has prepared me for next steps in the U.S., which I look forward to announcing in the near future."

Earlier in his career, Jayson was president and co-founder of Oscar de la Renta's bridge business, Oscar, and held managements posts with Cherokee apparel, Geoffrey Beene Sportswear and Calvin Klein Jeans. He began his career in retail with Burdines, a division of Federated Department Stores.

A decision on Jayson's successor at Dickson North America has not been made.

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