POLO CUTS: As part of its ongoing European consolidation, Polo Ralph Lauren will shed about 147 jobs in France, or about 40 percent of its workforce of 377 in that country, a spokesman for the company confirmed Monday. The job cuts, mostly in the back office, come as the company relocates its European operations to Geneva. The French cuts follow similar downsizing measures in Britain and Italy. The spokesman said some employees have been given an option of relocating to Geneva. Discussions between union members and Polo representatives have taken place over the last few months and continue. Ralph Lauren plans to have its Geneva headquarters operational later this year.
DEB’S DOLLAR DUDES: Lewis Lyons has been promoted to senior vice president of finance in an expansion of financial management at Deb Shops, the Philadelphia-based specialty store chain. Joining Deb to succeed Lyons as chief financial officer, a post he’d held for 11 years, is Barry Susson, who most recently was cfo of Dollar Express, and prior to that spent 11 years with Ernst & Young. Additionally, Glenn Vogel has joined the firm as director of leasing, a new post. Susson reports to Lyons and Vogel reports to Warren Weiner, executive vice president of Deb.