By  on July 30, 2009

In an effort to build its Mexx Worldwide business, Liz Claiborne Inc. has hired three top executives, all starting on Nov. 1.

Two of the executives come from Esprit, where Mexx’s incoming chief executive officer, Thomas Grote, was most recently president of the Esprit brand and a 15-year veteran of the firm.

Volker Schmidt will join as global head of wholesale development and vice president of region 2. Schmidt will be responsible for the Amsterdam-based company’s global wholesale business development in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the Nordic countries. Schmidt most recently was senior vice president and head of partnership sales at Esprit. Prior to joining Esprit 16 years ago, Schmidt held a variety of sales positions at firms such as In-Wear and Mustang Jeans Group.

Jim Nowak will join Mexx as global head of product overseeing all Mexx product divisions including accountability for the line’s pricing structure, assortment planning and product design. Most recently, Nowak was senior vice president, head of Esprit Casual, where he set global strategy for all of the brand’s casual lines. A 20-year veteran of the apparel industry, he spent the last nine years working with product in various divisions within Esprit, including EDC, women’s and men’s casual and kids.

Knut Burgdorf will join Mexx as vice president of marketing. He will be responsible for all brand marketing activity, from creative to production. Previously, Burgdorf worked with TBWA, a marketing and advertising firm with such clients as Apple, McDonald’s and Adidas.

Schmidt, Nowak and Burgdorfall report to Grote.

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