LONDON — Luxury goods veteran François Steiner has been named interim chief executive officer of Nicole Farhi, the company said today.


Steiner will take up his role immediately, following the departure of Niki Scordi, who resigned her post last week.


“I am thrilled to be working with Nicole, her team, and Kelso Place to drive this business forward,” said Steiner. “With the new flagship store and plans for U.K. and international expansion, this is a very exciting time for the brand.”


Steiner has held several positions in retail and fashion, including managing director of Sonia Rykiel, ceo of Kenzo, managing director of Thomas Pink and president of Louis Vuitton Europe.


As reported, Scordi had been with the company for four years.


Kelso Place bought a majority stake in the Nicole Farhi business in January from OpenGate Capital, the Los Angeles-based private equity firm. OpenGate had originally bought the Nicole Farhi business from French Connection Group plc in early 2010.

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