NEW YORK — Less than 10 months after joining Narciso Rodriguez LLC, president and chief executive officer Roberto Pesaro has exited the firm.

Pesaro assumed the new role last April and was charged with managing the business side, taking over some of the responsibilities from the designer. When reached on Monday, Pesaro said, “Effective Jan. 19, we both decided to end the collaboration.”

The executive remained tight-lipped about the reasons for his departure, or the state of Rodriguez’s business, saying only, “We were not seeing things in the same way.”

Pesaro, a veteran with 30 years’ experience in the industry, joined Rodriguez after being chief operating officer at Giorgio Armani Corp., where he worked with Gaetano Sallo­renzo, who was at that time president of sales and marketing. At Armani, Pesaro was in charge of finance, operations, management information systems, human resources and retail development. Before that, he had founded Internet retailer Luxlook Ltd.

Apparel manufacturer Aeffe produces and distributes Rodriguez’s line, and there has long been a sense among industry insiders that the designer was not content with that deal. According to one source, among Pesaro’s mandates was to exit the Aeffe arrangement, which was not accomplished. An Aeffe spokeswoman did not return phone calls seeking comment.

Pesaro’s next move has not been determined, but the executive said he had plans to fly to Italy today to explore business opportunities.

This story first appeared in the January 30, 2007 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

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