By  on October 29, 2007

81. Richard Cohen
Richard Cohen is confident about his latest act. The recently appointed president and CEO of Robert Talbott plans to turn the Carmel, Calif.–based neckwear and dress shirtmaker into the “Hermès of America.”

That’s a tall order but one that Cohen is well positioned to achieve. As chief executive officer of Zegna North America, he played an important role in transforming the brand into a powerhouse men’s luxury label, growing Zegna’s U.S. business from $13 million in 1986, the year he joined the company, to $200 million when he left 16 years later. Following a similar pattern, Cohen aims to double Talbott’s business—estimated at $50 million annually—by 2012 or earlier, with plans to explore the international market, expand the women’s collection, open additional retail stores and launch a consumer advertising campaign.

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