CHANGING OF THE GUARD: Julie Berman, senior vice president of corporate communications at Ralph Lauren Corp., has resigned her post after four-and-a-half years. She will stay with the company until the end of the year and will then pursue other opportunities.

She will be succeeded by Winnie Lerner, president of The Abernathy MacGregor Group, which provides financial public relations, M&A and investor relations counsel to companies across a range of industries. Lerner, who focuses on the retail-consumer and technology sectors, currently directs programs for such companies as Hewlett-Packard Co., PepsiCo. Inc., Wal-Mart Stores Inc.’s international division, the Estée Lauder Cos. Inc. and Ralph Lauren Corp. Prior to joining Abernathy 16 years ago, Lerner worked for the House of Representatives subcommittee on telecommunications and finance as a legislative assistant on telecommunications and broadcast issues. Lerner starts at Ralph Lauren Dec. 10 and will report to David Lauren, executive vice president of advertising, marketing and corporate communications.

This story first appeared in the November 6, 2012 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.