CHANEL PROMOTES LINDA RUSSELL

NEW YORK — Linda Russell, director of accessories at Chanel Inc., has been promoted to executive director of accessories, succeeding Wendy Svarre, who resigned last month as vice president of accessories and shoes.
Russell, who joined Chanel in 1989, will direct the accessories business of the 13 Chanel boutiques and 50 wholesale doors in the U.S. In addition, she will develop growth strategies and oversee the sales promotion and marketing of the accessories division. Previously, she reported to Svarre.
Chanel is searching for another executive director to manage its wholesale shoe business in the U.S.
Russell now reports to Barbara Cirkva, senior vice president of fashion.

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