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Paul Rosengard Exits Perry Ellis

Perry Ellis International said that Paul Rosengard, group president of Perry Ellis and premium brands, is leaving the company to “pursue other interests.”

In a surprise development, Perry Ellis International said late Wednesday that Paul Rosengard, group president of Perry Ellis and premium brands, is leaving the company to “pursue other interests.”

Reached for comment, Rosengard declined to discuss the reasons for his departure, but said he was “cooking up a couple of things and I hope to be in a position in the not-too-distant future to announce something.”

He said he had no regrets and that “coming to Perry Ellis was a great move.”

Rosengard, previously with Randa Accessories, had been with PEI for four years. George Feldenkreis, chairman and chief executive officer of the Miami-based firm, said Rosengard “helped guide our Perry Ellis brand through a difficult period of retail consolidations, major changes in the competitive landscape and the most difficult consumer environment since the 1930s.”

Shawna Smith-Hogan, who has been executive vice president of sales for Perry Ellis Collection for the past year, has been named to assume Rosengard’s duties on an interim basis until a successor is appointed. She will report to Oscar Feldenkreis, president and chief operating officer of PEI. Previously, she was senior vice president of sales for Claiborne Sportswear at Liz Claiborne Inc.