PARIS — Mounir Moufarrige, perhaps best remembered for recruiting Stella McCartney to succeed Karl Lagerfeld at Chloé, is the new president and chief executive officer at Emanuel Ungaro.

This confirms a WWD report on Friday that Moufarrige would join the French house, which was acquired last year from Ferragamo Group by Asim Abdullah, a high-tech entrepreneur based in California. An announcement is expected as early as today.

A fashion entrepreneur with many business entanglements, Moufarrige has been lately contributing to the development of a number of French brands, including leather goods firm Goyard and lingerie and fashion house Worth.

At Ungaro, Moufarrige succeeds Paolo De Spirt, who is expected to announce his resignation shortly, as reported. De Spirt had a two-year stint at Ungaro marked by turbulence in the design department. Norwegian Peter Dundas, recruited by Abdullah from Roberto Cavalli, presented his first Ungaro collection last week to mixed reviews.

This story first appeared in the March 6, 2006 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

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