DIANE VON FURSTENBERG NAMES THREE VPS, BOARD OF ADVISERS

NEW YORK--Diane Von Furstenberg Studio has beefed up its executive ranks with the appointment of three vice presidents and the creation of a board of advisers.
Larry Solomon, formerly chief financial officer of Escada Beaute Ltd. and controller of Parfums International and the Erno Laszo Institute, was appointed to the new position of vice president and chief administrative officer. He will manage the company's financial and business operations, reporting to designer Diane Von Furstenberg.
The company named two directors, Kathy Landau and Ruth Patkin, vice presidents of design, and marketing and communications, respectively. Both report to Von Furstenberg.
The board of advisers consists of former QVC chairman Barry Diller; Chrys Fisher, former president and chief executive officer of Hermes, U.S., and Susan Rebell, a vice president at Mercer Management Consulting, which specializes in brand strategy and new product development.
"The restructuring reflects my desire to fully control the DVF brand and to establish a full-service design and marketing studio," Von Furstenberg said in a statement. "The mission of DVF Studio is to create chic, quality products at prices accessible to most."
DVF Studio produces the DVF Silk Assets and Casual Chic collections for QVC, and The Color Authority, a new line of sportswear designed exclusively for Avon Products. The designer has licenses for luggage, eyewear and fragrances, and a series of coffee-table books.

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