GIVENCHY IN U.S. NAMES DUPONT

NEW YORK — Beatrice Dupont has been named president of Givenchy Corp., the U.S. subsidiary of Givenchy SA. She succeeds Dennis S. Walker, who left after almost three years as president.
Dupont was vice president of Christian Dior Inc., which, like Givenchy, is an affiliate of LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton. At Dior, Dupont was responsible for licensing and wholesale operations.
She will continue to be involved with Dior on a consulting basis, but U.S. licensing activities will be run by Thierry Letrilliart, president and chief operating officer of Christian Dior Inc.
Walker said it was a “mutual decision” that he leave Givenchy, which experienced a swirl of changes during his tenure, including a succession of designers from Hubert de Givenchy to John Galliano to Alexander McQueen, who was appointed in October 1996 as designer of ready-to-wear and couture.
Walker, who had been a consultant to Perry Ellis International before joining Givenchy, said he plans to remain in the designer fashion industry.
McQueen is in New York this week shooting Givenchy’s spring rtw campaign with photographer Richard Avedon.

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