By  on March 8, 2018

Geoffroy van Raemdonck, the new chief executive officer of the Neiman Marcus Group, is no stranger to a tough business challenge.

Though he’s never been a retail ceo before and he’s only 46, he’s got experience navigating luxury businesses through troubled waters. As Ralph Lauren’s group president for Europe, Middle East and Africa from 2014 through 2017 — a period of earnings declines and turnaround efforts — he was involved in redirecting the distribution to the best stores with the most relevant products and getting the Ralph Lauren brand selling on third-party web sites. Earlier, he was on the team that helped guide Louis Vuitton through the Great Recession, holding different senior-level jobs including president, South Europe; and acting president, North America. And at Express, his first job in fashion retailing, he helped restore profitability by leading a revival of the pants business as vice president of brand development.

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