NEW YORK — Christa Michalaros, president of women’s sportswear at Tommy Hilfiger USA, has resigned, according to a source familiar with the situation.
There is no word on a replacement for Michalaros, who ran Hilfiger’s women’s sportswear operation since 1999, when she joined the company after an 18-year run at Liz Claiborne Inc.
The H Hilfiger better line, which launched in department stores last year, will continue to be run by Michele Parsons, senior vice president, general merchandise manager of the line’s women’s and men’s offerings.
There have been a number of executive changes at the company recently. In November, Lynn Shanahan was named to the new position of group president of the U.S. wholesale business, while Bob Rosenblatt, who was appointed chief operating officer at parent company Tommy Hilfiger Corp. a month earlier, took over responsibility for global sourcing, production, U.S. retail and international licensing at the U.S. subsidiary.
Also, former Armani executive Rodney Hutton was brought in to manage the recently acquired Karl Lagerfeld businesses as senior vice president, gmm.
Despite having one of fashion’s best-known brands, the firm has run into trouble lately. In November, the company overall reported a 2.2 percent dip in second-quarter sales to $536.1 million.
This story first appeared in the January 10, 2005 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.