chief executive officer Sven Gaede has left the company for personal reasons.

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Chairman and founder Natalie Massenet, chief operating officer Mark Sebba and the board will jointly share Gaede’s responsibilities until a successor is named, the firm said.

Gaede joined the e-tailer in June from Dunhill, part of Compagnie Financière Richemont SA, which also owns a stake in Net-a-porter. During his short tenure, Gaede “made several valuable contributions in the areas of merchandising, strategy and marketing,” the company said.

E-commerce remains one of the few bright spots in a retail landscape severely challenged by the economic downturn. Net-a-porter has seen significant growth over the last few years and currently has sales of about $100 million annually.

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