By  on August 17, 2007

NEW YORK - Carol DiMaio-Lucas has stepped down as president of handbag and accessories firm Furla USA.

In her four-year tenure, DiMaio-Lucas headed up the business in the Americas, where there are 200 points of distribution, including wholesale accounts, company owned boutiques and franchised stores.

"In my role over the past four years, we have developed a meaningful and positive business in the Americas," said DiMaio-Lucas. "I truly believe in the brand and know that Furla is poised for continued growth in the next three years. This is a personal decision, which is in no way a negative reflection on the brand."

DiMaio-Lucas has a background in accessories, having worked as Cole Haan's vice president of accessories for four years and as vice president of accessories for Donna Karan's DKNY brand prior to joining Furla.

DiMaio-Lucas' last day is today. A successor has not been named.

Last month, the 80-year-old, Bologna, Italy-based fi rm appointed Paolo Fontanelli, who was chief fi nancial offi cer of Giorgio Armani SpA, as chief executive offi cer. The company also recently revealed plans to double its sales and open or update 56 directly owned boutiques and 60 franchised stores by 2011. Sales in 2007 are expected to grow 16 percent compared with last year, reaching 150 million euros, or $202.8 million at current exchange.

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