Nikolas Talonpoika, currently strategic marketing and media director, is to assume the role Wednesday and report to Jean-François Palus, group managing director.
“His mission will be to accelerate the brand’s international expansion while, together with Christopher and Tammy Kane, further strengthening its distinctive identity,” Kering said in a statement, issued after the close of trading on the Paris Bourse.
Talonpoika succeeds Sarah Crook, who had the role for two years, during which Kane opened his first flagship in London and expanded his leather goods offering.
Kering said Crook is leaving the group and also touted among her achievements increasing the brand’s visibility in Europe and Asia and establishing a successful e-commerce presence.
She could not immediately be reached for comment.
Talonpoika is the second Kane ceo to be recruited from within Kering — and from its communications department.
Alexandre de Brettes, who held the role before Crook, had been Kering’s director of financial communications and market intelligence.
Talonpoika, 44, has been in his present role at Kering since 2012 and has also been media director at Gucci Group, whose brands now fall under Kering’s luxury division. They include Stella McCartney, Balenciaga and Bottega Veneta.
A British national, Talonpoika also worked at advertising groups WPP and Publicis as a client director on such accounts as Richemont, L’Oréal and Nespresso. He’s been based in Paris since 2005.
Kane recently marked the 10th anniversary of his brand with a capsule collection of sweatshirts. His brand spans men’s wear and soon Crocs, which he sent down the runway for spring 2017.
“Crocs are great, I love them,” he told WWD during Paris Fashion Week. “Obviously people do like them, and that’s a different customer that I want to grab. I want to include everyone and not be a snob.”
When it acquired Kane, Kering said it planned to seize on the Scottish designer’s high profile and creative prowess to develop the business as a global luxury brand.