• MAVI TAPS FRANKEL: In a move to shore up its management and drive growth, Mavi Jeans Inc. on Tuesday named David Frankel president of its U.S. operations. He reports to Ersin Akarlilar, who has been named ceo of the Istanbul-based company, overseeing worldwide operations. Akarlilar had been president of U.S. operations. Frankel last served as president of Urban Outfitters’ wholesale division, Free People, since May 2001. Both executives will be based in New York. Ron Gelfuso, Mavi’s U.S. executive vice president, now reports to Frankel.

  • LEVIN NAMED AT LAUREN: Jo Levin has been named president of the Ralph Lauren Group at Carlson & Partners, the ad agency. In her new post, she reports to Dick Tarlow, chairman of Carlson & Partners. Most recently, Levin was Carlson & Partner’s executive vice president, account director. Levin has worked on the Polo/Ralph Lauren business since 1981 when she joined Kurtz & Tarlow as assistant account executive on the Ralph Lauren apparel and fragrances account, reporting to Tarlow and the late Sandy Carlson. Following Kurtz & Tarlow, Levin continued her partnership with Sandy Carlson on the Polo/Ralph Lauren account at Geers Gross and then Wells Rich Greene before moving with the account to Carlson & Partners in October 1989.

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