NEW YORK — Caroline is joining Donna.
This story first appeared in the September 25, 2014 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.
Sources indicated Wednesday that Caroline Brown’s new job will be as chief executive officer of Donna Karan International, succeeding Mark Weber. WWD reported Wednesday that Brown was stepping down as president at Carolina Herrera at the end of the year to take on a new job, which could not immediately be learned.
DKI’s parent, LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, has been searching for Weber’s successor for some time. Weber joined the French luxury group in October 2006 as ceo of LVMH Inc. and chairman and ceo of DKI.
Brown could not be reached for comment on Wednesday regarding her next move, nor could Pierre-Yves Roussel, chairman and ceo of LVMH Fashion Group. It is understood Roussel has been spearheading a new strategy for Donna Karan and would oversee the brand, as he does Marc Jacobs International, where he serves as chairman.
In Europe, fashion houses under his purview include Céline, Givenchy, Loewe, Kenzo, Emilio Pucci, J.W. Anderson and Nicholas Kirkwood.