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POLO BOARD ADDITION: Rodale Inc. president and chief executive officer Steven P. Murphy has been elected to Polo Ralph Lauren’s board, bringing the number of directors to 10. Ralph Lauren, Polo’s chairman and ceo, said in a statement that Murphy, who joined publishing house Rodale in 2000, brings “a fresh perspective” to the fashion industry. “I believe that our board will benefit from his experience in building brands in media, entertainment and publishing on a global basis,” Lauren said.

DE BEERS APPOINTMENTS: David Lamb has been named worldwide marketing director of the Diamond Trading Co., the marketing arm of the De Beers Group. He replaces Stephen Lussier, who has been appointed director of external and corporate affairs for the De Beers Group. Lamb, who will take on the role in the first quarter of 2006, is executive vice president, director of multinational clients at J. Walter Thompson. “I really cannot think of a better person for this role than David,” Varda Shine, managing director designate of the DTC, said in a statement. The company also said Dominic Brand has been named deputy director, worldwide marketing. Brand, formerly DTC’s marketing director, developed markets, will oversee DTC marketing until Lamb’s arrival

FASHION FIRST FOR THAILAND: Thailand has opened its first library devoted to fashion and clothing design. The Bangkok Fashion Trend Center includes collections of information covering international fashion and clothing, textile and garment manufacturing, footwear, leather goods, gems and jewelry. The center is part of the Bangkok Fashion City project financed by the Royal Thai government to promote Thai fashion and apparel brands. The center, based in Bangkok’s Central World office building, also will be a repository for the look-books and design sketches of the leading Thai design firms.

LALIQUE’S NEW AMERICAN CHIEF: Guillaume Gauthereau has been named president and chief executive officer of Lalique North America, succeeding Daniel Barth, who is pursuing other interests in Europe. Gauthereau was most recently general manager of Lalique Ltd. in England. The 125-year-old company, known for its crystal jewelry, has been delving further into the jewelry sector, harking to founder Rene Lalique’s background in jewelry. The company also produces handbags, stemware and objects of art. The company has eight stores in the U.S., including New York, Chicago and Las Vegas. Wholesale accounts include Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bergdorf Goodman and Bloomingdale’s.

This story first appeared in the December 1, 2005 issue of WWD.  Subscribe Today.