NEW YORK — With Jones Apparel Group’s acquisition of Kasper A.S.L. set to close in early December, the new team to run the business is coming into focus.
“We are very heavily involved in the integration of their teams with ours, formulating marketing plans as we go forward,” Jones chief executive officer Peter Boneparth said on a conference call Tuesday.
Gregg Marks, currently president of Albert Nipon and Kasper, will be staying on as head of the Kasper suit businesses after the acquisition. The Anne Klein sportswear businesses in both bridge and better will report to Mark Mendelson, president of Jones New York Collection and Nine West apparel, while the Anne Klein handbag business will report to Jackie Corso, ceo of the handbag and small leather goods division.
The licensing business will report to Mary Belle, president of licensing at Jones. Kasper’s retail outlets will be under the control of Rhonda Brown, president and ceo of the company’s footwear, accessories and retail groups.
Kasper’s international segment will remain intact. Boneparth noted, “We continue to be intrigued by the international piece, although small, and do believe that there’s an opportunity to grow that down the road.”
John Idol, Kasper’s chairman and ceo, has said he will leave the company after the acquisition and is said to be planning a move to Michael Kors Inc. Sources have also indicated that Anne Klein president Wendy Chivian is expected to leave the company, while Christian Francis Roth will take over design of the Anne Klein New York bridge collection.
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