Dolce & Gabbana Thursday named Christophe Albarran as president of its U.S. subsidiary, replacing Glenn McMahon, who left in August to become chief executive officer of St. John.


Albarran was most recently vice president of global sales at Victorinox Swiss Army, where he worked since May 2006. Earlier, he was worldwide director of customer service at Prada SpA.


Albarran will oversee Dolce & Gabbana’s drive to boost its burgeoning business in the U.S., which for the year ended March 31, 2007, accounted for 13 percent of wholesale revenues.


The Italian fashion group is also looking to expand its retail network in North America. It currently operates 14 directly owned stores, including its recently refurbished New York flagship at

825-827 Madison Avenue

, which Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana inaugurated last month. Units for San Francisco and Chicago are planned for this year.


Albarran is the third executive in seven years to hold the post of U.S. president, which reports directly to Dolce & Gabbana’s board.


For more, see Friday’s issue of WWD.


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