NEW YORK — Linda Larsen German has stepped down from her post as president and chief merchandising officer of L.F. Brands.

There are no plans to fill the position, according to a statement from the company. Instead, German’s responsibilities, which included the oversight of product design and merchandising, will be folded into the existing job duties of Leslie Fay Dress president Cate Bandel and Leslie Fay Sportswear president Pat Kenny.

German joined L.F. Brands, then Leslie Fay Co., in March 2002 at the same time the current chief executive officer, W. John Short, began heading up the firm.

Since then, it has made several significant restructuring decisions. That includes an exclusive sourcing deal with global trading giant Li & Fung (Trading) Ltd. and Liz Claiborne’s transfer of its dress and suit license from L.F. Brands to Kellwood Co. The firm also halted production of the Trio New York line last year.

Last month, L.F. Brands said it approached investment bank Financo Inc. to facilitate a search for a minority investor for its $15 million Cynthia Steffe contemporary brand, and in a separate deal, entered into a licensing agreement with Silver Lake Inc. to produce and distribute its David Warren and D.W. Studio dress lines and the Reggio and Rimini eveningwear brands.

Before joining L.F. Brands, German ran her own consulting firm, Larsen Associates Inc., where she consulted major retail and wholesale companies. Prior to that, she was vice president of corporate merchandising at Liz Claiborne Inc., where she spent 18 years and helped found the Elisabeth large-size division. She was also president of the sportswear division and LizSport unit.

Calls to German were not returned and details about her upcoming plans could not be learned.

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