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Claiborne Promotes 4 to Group President

NEW YORK — Liz Claiborne Inc. has promoted four members of its executive team in a move to better support its domestic markets and products.<br><br>On Friday, the firm appointed Ed Bucciarelli, Helen McCluskey, Karen Murray and Fritz Winans to...

NEW YORK — Liz Claiborne Inc. has promoted four members of its executive team in a move to better support its domestic markets and products.

On Friday, the firm appointed Ed Bucciarelli, Helen McCluskey, Karen Murray and Fritz Winans to group president roles. A company spokeswoman said these are all new positions and not related to anyone leaving or being promoted.

“These appointments bring further clarity and consistency to the management structure that deals with our customers on a daily basis,” Paul R. Charron, chairman and chief executive officer, said in a statement.

McCluskey, formerly president of special markets overseeing the company’s moderate brands, and Murray, who had been president of Claiborne, DKNY Jeans for men and Crazy Horse men’s, will both report to Angela Ahrendts, executive vice president. Murray also will oversee the men’s Axcess brand sold in Kohl’s and Mervyn’s stores.

Bucciarelli, previously president of Liz Claiborne’s accessories group, will report to Trudy Sullivan, also executive vice president, along with Winans, who was president of Liz Claiborne casual brands. Bucciarelli is responsible for the design, development and merchandising of accessories and product extensions for the Liz Claiborne portfolio. Winans’ role will now encompass Liz Claiborne casual, collection and Liz Claiborne Woman, its plus-size division.

In a related move, Anne Cashill has been appointed vice president of corporate merchandising and design. Previously, she was the director of this department. Cashill is responsible for the communication of all product and lifestyle trend information.

This story first appeared in the March 17, 2003 issue of WWD.  Subscribe Today.