NEW YORK--Gary Dembart is leaving as president and chief executive officer of the Sara Lee Bodywear Group to join Kenneth Cole Productions, effective July 1.
At Kenneth Cole, Dembart will be senior vice president of retail, catalog and wholesale marketing, a new post. A successor has not been named at Sara Lee Bodywear.
Dembart is one of three executives joining the Cole firm. The others are Harry Kubetz, named senior vice president of operations, a post that has been vacant for about three months, and Patti Cohen, named general counsel, a new post. Kubetz was corporate vice president of No Fear. Cohen was associate general counsel/senior real-estate counsel at Nine West Group.
In other changes at Kenneth Cole, Paul Blum has moved to executive vice president from senior vice president, and continues to supervise wholesale businesses and merchandising. Stanley A. Mayer continues as executive vice president and chief financial officer. Jaryn Bloom was promoted to divisional president of the Kenneth Cole Retail Group from the group's vice president, and Susan Hudson was promoted to divisional president of men's footwear from divisional vice president.
Dembart has headed Sara Lee Bodywear, a unit of Sara Lee Corp.'s personal-products business, since it was formed late in 1994. It now consists of the Body Force, Scotchmaid, Hanes Her Way and licensed Converse bodywear lines.
Earlier, he was senior vice president of retail at Coach, the leather goods firm that's also part of Sara Lee. He started with Sara Lee in 1977.

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