Dolce & Gabana U.S. Head Leaves

It looks like Dolce & Gabbana will have to start searching for a U.S. president again.

NEW YORK — It looks like Dolce & Gabbana will have to start searching for a U.S. president again.

This story first appeared in the August 1, 2008 issue of WWD.  Subscribe Today.

Christophe Albarran, president of the company’s U.S. subsidiary, has handed in his notice after just seven months in the job, according to sources, but will remain at Dolce & Gabbana until the end of October.

Albarran was the third executive in seven years to hold the post of U.S. president at Dolce & Gabbana. He succeeded Glenn McMahon, who left last year to become chief executive officer of St. John.

Albarran joined the company in January from Victorinox Swiss Army Inc., where he was vice president of global sales. Prior to that, he was worldwide director of customer service at Prada SpA.

At Dolce & Gabbana, Albarran’s mandate was to drive growth in the U.S., including the expansion of the Italian fashion group’s retail network in North America. In December, the company unveiled its refurbished and expanded New York flagship on Madison Avenue, which cost $15 million and marked an important step in the duo’s drive to boost business in the U.S., including more store openings. At the time of the store’s opening, the U.S. accounted for 13 percent of the company’s wholesale revenues.

Managing director Cristiana Ruella told WWD’s sister publication DNR last fall that the role of U.S. president has evolved, following the decision to bring the younger D&G line in-house as of the spring 2007 season. The position requires “operational, financial and logistical” clout, rather than “simply commercial expertise,” Ruella said at the time.
Albarran could not be reached for comment on Thursday, and Dolce & Gabbana officials could not be reached for comment on Albarran’s successor.