PARIS -- Andrea Pinto has resigned as president of Nina Ricci.Pinto notified staff at the house this week, but said he plans to stay on for several weeks. Until a successor is named, Marc Puig, chairman of the fashion division at Puig Group -- which acquired Nina Ricci in 1998 -- has taken over Pinto's former responsibilities.Pinto told WWD he is exiting for "personal reasons," but declined to elaborate or comment on what his next move might be.A fashion veteran who worked for 13 years under his father, Aldo Pinto, chairman of Krizia, and logged five years as managing director of Mila Schon in Milan, Pinto joined Nina Ricci in October 2001. He is also a co-founder of PAS, a fashion consulting firm in Milan.Pinto said he will leave Nina Ricci confident it is headed in the right direction under creative director James Aguiar and his design team. "The company is coming out from a complicated situation," he said. "We've restructured all the divisions, and they are now running more efficiently."Nina Ricci has been in flux since Barcelona-based beauty and fashion conglomerate Puig bought it. The house skipped Paris fashion week in March, but the first collection under Aguiar's direction is slated to hit the runway this October."

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