NEW YORK — Camuto Group has made several key leadership changes following the death of Vince Camuto, founder, chief creative officer and chief executive officer. The 78-year-old Camuto died Jan. 21 of cancer.
Alex DelCielo, formerly president and chief operating officer, will become ceo of Camuto Group. Louise Camuto, the founder’s widow and former creative director and president of marketing, has been elevated to chief creative officer. She will continue to oversee marketing.
In addition, Julio Martini, previously senior vice president of global sourcing, has been named chief operating officer and will undertake all global operational responsibilities. Ed Ferrell, formerly chief merchandising officer, will become president of Camuto Group. He will retain his merchandising duties. Jeff Howald continues in his role as chief financial officer.
Camuto, Martini, Ferrell and Howald report to DelCielo, a founding member of the firm. Prior to joining Camuto, DelCielo was executive vice president of operations at Nine West, where he worked from 1988 to 1999. Vince Camuto cofounded Nine West and sold it to Jones Apparel Group in 1999 and two years later founded Camuto Group.
Headquartered in Greenwich, Conn., Camuto’s global operations include the Vince Camuto collection of footwear, accessories, clothing and fragrances, as well as brands VC Signature Vince Camuto, Louise et Cie, Two by Vince Camuto and a men’s wear line. Camuto is also the master licensee for Jessica Simpson and holds the footwear licenses for such brands as BCBGeneration, BCBGMaxAzria and Lucky Brand. The company’s portfolio includes the sourcing of Tory Burch footwear and a partnership with Bernard Chaus. Camuto and its partners operate 95 retail locations globally and its products are sold in more than 5,400 doors worldwide.