PARIS – French fashion brand Gérard Darel has appointed Marianne Romestain as president with a view to stepping up its international development.

Formerly managing director of the French division of Fast Retailing Co., Romestain replaces Laurent Gerbi and David Maruani, who will join the Paris-based firm’s supervisory board.

In the last two years, Gérard Darel has doubled its network of stores and is now sold through 300 directly operated stores and 1,200 multi-brand retailers in more than 40 countries, it said in a statement.

In her previous role, Romestain oversaw the rapid overseas expansion of French contemporary brand Comptoir des Cotonniers.

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