Daniel Lalonde, president of Ralph Lauren International, has left the company.
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“I decided to leave due to changes in the leadership team,” Lalonde said. Executives at Ralph Lauren Corp. declined comment.
Lalonde submitted his resignation around the time the company created an Office of the Chairman, led by Ralph Lauren as chairman and chief executive officer. That was in September, which also saw the elevation of Jackwyn Nemerov to president and chief operating officer. She succeeded Roger Farah, who became executive vice chairman. Part of that inner-core team that includes Nemerov and Farah is Christopher Peterson, the firm’s chief financial officer, who took on the additional posts of executive vice president and chief administrative officer.
Lalonde has extensive experience in building global brands and holding c-level leadership positions, having spent half of his professional career in the U.S. and the other half in Europe.
At Ralph Lauren, Lalonde had the responsibility for overseeing the firm’s international growth. He joined the company in January 2012 after a 10-year stint at LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton. In his last LVMH post, Lalonde was president and ceo of Moët & Chandon in Paris, and before that was president and ceo of Louis Vuitton North America from 2006 to 2010. He joined LVHM in March 2002 from Nestlé.
There was no word on whether Lalonde’s former post at Ralph Lauren would be filled, but sources in the industry said that’s not likely given the new executive structure at the company.
Lalonde declined to disclose his next move, other than that he is mulling over some options in the global luxury space that include fashion and consumer goods.