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Lukoff Tapped as Stella McCartney CEO

Stella McCartney has picked former Lanvin executive Frederick Lukoff to succeed Marco Bizzarri.

PARIS — Stella McCartney has tapped Frederick Lukoff as her new president and chief executive officer, WWD has learned.

Lukoff, currently director of business development at Lanvin, will join the London-based fashion house, effective Feb. 23. An announcement is expected as early as today.

Lukoff will succeed Marco Bizzarri, who is joining Bottega Veneta as part of a management shuffle at Gucci Group precipitated by the September announcement that Gucci president and ceo Mark Lee would step down at the end of 2008. As reported, Lee is being succeeded by Bottega president and ceo Patrizio di Marco on Jan. 1. Bizzarri will take over from di Marco. Stella McCartney and Bottega Veneta are owned by Gucci Group.

Robert Polet, president and ceo of Gucci Group, said Lukoff has a proven track record in developing luxury brands and “will be able to build on [Stella’s] successes to date.”

This week, McCartney will open a Paris flagship in Palais Royal and christen her Tokyo store with a Christmas-themed cocktail party, dinner and after-party featuring up-and-coming rock band Golden Silvers. The company also plans to open with local partners a string of franchises, including units in Kuwait, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Jeddah and Qatar.