By  on July 19, 2017

NEW YORK — Tomas Maier has a new chief executive officer for his signature brand — and he’s already a high-profile executive at parent company Kering, WWD has learned.Laurent Claquin, who will continue to head Kering Americas, takes on his additional responsibilities at Tomas Maier, effective today.He reports to Jean-François Palus, Kering’s group managing director, and succeeds Giuseppe Giovannetti, who left the French conglomerate last week. Giovannetti’s next move could not immediately be learned.Claquin joins the German-born designer at a busy time for his signature fashion house.Maier recently rejiggered his boutique in Greenwich Village here into the brand’s first men’s-only flagship, and relaunched his e-commerce business through a partnership with Farfetch.There are four other Tomas Maier stores selling men’s and women’s in the U.S. — Madison Avenue and East Hampton in New York and Bal Harbour and Palm Beach in Florida. The designer is mulling another men’s-only unit for Tokyo.Maier, who has also served as the creative director of Bottega Veneta since 2001, founded his own brand in 1997. He entered into a venture with Kering three years ago, a move that allowed his label to expand its offering into a full lifestyle collection.At present, 55 percent of the Maier business is in the U.S., with the balance international. Women’s categories represent about 75 percent of the total.A 12-year veteran of the French group, Claquin opened Kering’s office in New York City in 2011 and built an operational infrastructure in support of its brands in the region.Before that, he was Kering's senior vice president of corporate social responsibility, and before that corporate communications director.The Frenchman started his career at Paris museums Jeu de Paume and Centre Pompidou, and has also worked for the French Ministry of Culture and Communications.

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