By  on April 3, 2006

Richard Cohen, chief executive officer of St. John, said Monday he would be leaving the company for family reasons. Philip B. Miller will serve as interim ceo until a replacement is named.

Cohen had been in the post for 18 months, and during that time the company underwent a major upheaval in management, design and advertising. St. John Inc. co-founder and chief designer Marie Gray and creative director Kelly Gray retired in July from the company their family founded 44 years ago. The company also decided to dramatically change its advertising, removing Kelly Gray as the spokesmodel for the collection, and replacing her first with Giselle Bundchen and then with Angelina Jolie.

“I am truly sorry to be leaving St. John. I have enjoyed my time here and wish all of the great hardworking employees that are the real backbone of this company the best. As well, I would also like to thank the board for their understanding of my decision,” said Cohen in a statement.

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