EDDY EXITS AS PRESIDENT OF CELINE’S U.S. DIVISION

Byline: Sharon Edelson

NEW YORK — Christopher Eddy, president of Celine Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of Celine SA, has left the company.
A spokeswoman for Celine confirmed Eddy’s departure, but would not say why he left. “We are not allowed to disclose anything further,” she said.
Eddy could not be reached for comment.
Celine has no plans to replace Eddy in “the near future,” the spokeswoman said. His responsibilities have been divided among the management team in New York, which includes Diana Cazandumec, comptroller; Arthur Cooke, vice president of merchandising, and Lisa Pomerantz, director of advertising and public relations.
Prior to joining Celine, Eddy spent 15 years as an executive at Barry Kieselstein-Cord and left the company as senior vice president.
Before Kieselstein-Cord, Eddy worked for Ferragamo in the U.S.
His departure comes at a difficult time for Celine. Nan Legeai, president of Celine, based in Paris, has taken a medical leave of absence, as reported.
The day-to-day management of the company has been assumed by Patrick dePlace, general manager for Celine’s international activities, and Legeai’s longtime right hand.
In spite of management issues, Celine has been raising its profile.
The company hired Michael Kors in November 1997.
His first collection for the house make its debut this fall.
Kors continues to design a collection under his own name.
A new Celine boutique is opening at Bergdorf Goodman this summer, and Celine is opening an in-store shop at London’s Harrods for the fall season.
The company also has shops in Saks Fifth Avenue’s Tyson’s Corner, Va., and Houston stores, but Celine’s branded accessories and ready-to-wear are marketed mainly in the company’s 60-plus freestanding stores worldwide.

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