Polo Ralph Lauren has promoted two of its own.

This story first appeared in the September 9, 2008 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

George Hrdina has been named as president of Asia Pacific. He takes over the post after joining the firm four years ago as president of Polo Ralph Lauren Childrenswear. In preparation for his new role over the last nine months, Hrdina has managed the transition team responsible for integrating Polo Ralph Lauren’s Japanese organization. Hrdina’s promotion is part of the company’s overall strategy to build its business in the Asia Pacific region.

Based out of the firm’s Hong Kong offices, Hrdina is responsible for the direction of Polo Ralph Lauren’s owned and licensed business in Japan, Far East Asia, Australia and South and Central America. He reports to Roger Farah, president and chief operating officer.

In related news, Matthew Youngs has been promoted to president of Polo Ralph Lauren Childrenswear. Youngs was formerly senior vice president of sales for Polo Ralph Lauren Childrenswear. In his new post, he reports to Jacki Nemerov, executive vice president.

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