MILAN--The promotion of Giuseppe Brusone to general manager of Giorgio Armani SpA, a new position, is designed to strengthen the company's corporate structure, according to Armani. The designer told WWD Thursday, "The position I have given to Giuseppe Brusone is a new one. This title has never before been given to anyone other than myself. Previously, I was the managing director and general manager," Armani said. "Now, he will be directly involved in everything Giorgio Armani does. He will be the number-two administrator, at my side." Brusone's promotion was announced earlier this week (page 2, July 13). Armani stressed that while Brusone will temporarily handle the responsibilities of Gabriella Forte, formerly executive vice president for the American market, the promotion did not make Brusone Forte's successor. "Brusone will take on her duties for the time being, until we find the right person or persons," Armani said.