NEW YORK — Michael Kors Inc. said on Friday that Robin Marino, formerly president and chief operating officer of Kate Spade, would not be joining the company and that Anna Bakst had been named president of Michael Kors accessories.

Marino was expected to join the company as president of its retail and accessories divisions, as announced on Oct. 7, but because of personal circumstances, will not be able to join the firm, said a Kors spokeswoman.

Bakst is a 12-year veteran of Donna Karan International, most recently as president of accessories and footwear when she left the firm in December 2001. She also had been director of licensing for the company. For the past two years, she had been doing freelance accessories work.

The retail responsibilities that had been planned to be taken up by Marino will instead be assumed by Allison Ryba, interim president. Ryba, Bakst and Don Witkowski, another recent addition to the Kors team as president of its men’s collection, all previously worked together at Donna Karan. All three left the company around the time of its acquisition by LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton in late 2001.

Michael Kors, which was acquired by Sportswear Holdings Ltd. in January, is making several additions to its staff, including a number of new members of its design department, as it gears up for the 2004 launch of a lower-priced collection called Michael.

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