Esprit Holdings Ltd. said Tuesday it appointed John Gunn as pres-ident of Esprit North and South America, effective May 4.

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Gunn previously served as executive vice president of retail at Tommy Hilfiger in North America. Before that, he was general manager of IC Companies in Canada.

Gunn succeeds Jerome Griffith, who was appointed chief executive officer and president of Tumi in February.

“Gunn has a successful track record in the industry and we believe he will build on this success while at Esprit,” said chairman and group ceo Heinz Krogner.