Vignola’s Role Grows at Calvin Klein Inc.

Exec Robert Vignola to oversee licensing, marketing, distribution and retail partners for CKI.

NEW YORK — Robert Vignola’s role at Calvin Klein Inc. is expanding.

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The president of Calvin Klein Collection will take over licensing and marketing responsibilities for CKI. Vignola also will oversee the company’s licensees, distributors and retail partners worldwide. There are more than 60 licensees and deals in areas ranging from apparel and accessories to fragrance, home and retail stores. His new title is president, Calvin Klein Collection, global licensing and marketing.

Vignola will report to Tom Murry, CKI’s president and chief executive officer, with regard to his new responsibilities, and to Fabio Fusco, Milan-based ceo of Calvin Klein Collection, on his existing role.

Vignola joined CKI in January 2008, overseeing global sales and merchandising of Calvin Klein Collection women’s and men’s apparel and accessories. He assumes CKI’s global licensing and marketing duties from Ellen Rodriguez, who held the title of executive vice president, global licensing and marketing, and this week was named senior vice president, international and licensing at Juicy Couture.

“I believe that he [Vignola] will bring the same level of professionalism to the licensing and marketing group that he has demonstrated with our Calvin Klein Collection business,” Murry said.

Elsewhere, CKI named Fabrizio Milan senior vice president, commercial director for Europe and the Middle East. The executive oversees the licensing activities for the two regions, in addition to sales for Calvin Klein Collection. Before joining CKI, he founded the Milan Consulting fashion marketing and sales consultancy, and worked with brands such as Emporio Armani, Moncler and Cinellistudio. He is based in Milan and reports to Vignola.