PARIS — Georges Spitzer has been succeeded as the president of Givenchy Couture by Marianne Tesler, who was president of Nike France after eight years at Whirlpool.
“I feel very pleased we’ve named a woman,” said Concetta Lanciaux, executive vice president for human resources at LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton, Givenchy’s parent, on Tuesday. The group has not had a female brand president since Nan Legai left Celine last year. “I think it’s very positive to bring in people from outside the luxury industry. She has a strong background in managing and developing brands, and Nike is not just any old brand.”
Lanciaux said that Spitzer, a popular executive inside the group, had requested a change after four years at Givenchy, the last three as president; in fact, there have been reports for more than a year that he would leave the house. Spitzer, who had previously worked for Devanlay and the children’s wear maker Absorba, was named development director of LV Capital, a venture capital vehicle LVMH established last year. He will report to Daniel Piette, who became president of the unit in July.
Tesler started on Monday but could not be reached for comment.
She became president of Nike France in 1996 and before that had worked at Whirlpool since 1988, where her posts included associate managing director and administrative and financial director for Whirlpool France, controller for North America for the company and vice president, logistics. She holds a political science degree and a degree from the Paris business school, Institut d’Administration des Entreprises. She began her career at Philips.
At Nike, Jean-Pierre Petit has been promoted to replace Tesler. He was an equipment manager at Nike France.