VUITTON HIRE: Louis Vuitton North America Inc. has tapped Geoffrey van Raemdonck to be senior vice president of the Northeast region. Van Raemdonck will have responsibility for store operations in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states, including the company’s Fifth Avenue flagship in Manhattan. The appointment to the new post is effective Aug. 25. He was senior vice president, creative team and commercialization, at Limited Brands Inc., as well as a member of the executive leadership team, reporting to chairman and chief executive officer Leslie Wexner. Before joining Limited in 2004, he worked at The Boston Consulting Group for nine years. At Louis Vuitton North America, van Raemdonck will join the executive management team and reports to president and ceo Daniel Lalonde.

TALBOTS PICKS CHAIRMAN:
The Talbots Inc. named Tsutomu Kajita non-executive chairman, filling a slot that’s been open about a year. Kajita is senior vice president of international operations for Aeon Co. Ltd., the majority shareholder of Talbots. He has been a director of Talbots since 2005. Kajita served as senior adviser of Ripplewood Holdings LLC from 2002 to 2005, and spent almost a decade in various capacities at Mitsubishi Corp. Talbots also said Thursday that it formed an executive committee to assist the board in overseeing the company’s financial and operational performance. Former Talbots chairman Arnold Zetcher left the company about a year ago.

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