PARIS — LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton on Monday named Michael Burke chief executive officer of Fendi, confirming a report in these columns Wednesday.
Burke previously, formerly chief operating officer at Christian Dior, will be succeeded by Claus-Dietrich Lahrs, president of Louis Vuitton North America.
Jean-Marc Gallot, currently president of Ferragamo U.S.A., will succeed Lahrs at Louis Vuitton North America, but Gallot will hold the title of ceo. Yves Carcelle, Vuitton’s chief executive based here, said Gallot would start work in a few weeks. Louis Vuitton North America is based in New York.
Burke, 46, replaces Giancarlo Di Risio, who is exiting Fendi. Burke, a 23-year veteran with the French group, will relocate to Rome, where Fendi is based. Both Burke and Lahrs report to Sidney Toledano, president of Christian Dior Couture and the head of strategy at Fendi, in which LVMH holds an 84.1 percent stake.
Before joining Vuitton in New York in April 2001, Lahrs was general manager of the Vuitton, Loewe and Celine brands in Germany.
Gallot has been president of Ferragamo U.S.A. since June 2001. His responsibilities will be assumed by Massimo Ferragamo, chairman of Ferragamo U.S.A. Inc., until a replacement is found.
“We are grateful to Jean Marc for his leadership and all the contributions that he made to Ferragamo during his two-plus years here,” Massimo Ferragamo said in a statement. “With the opening of our new retail stores and the evolution of our product line, we are poised for major growth here in the U.S. and Jean Marc was instrumental in steering our company’s evolution. He will certainly be missed.”
But maybe not by everybody. Gallot is said to have a tough management style and to have shook up the Ferragamo organization. After he arrived, some Ferragamo staffers abruptly left. Reportedly, his departure took Ferragamo by surprise last week. “He was a strong leader,” said Dana Gers, Ferragamo’s vice president of marketing.
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