NEW YORK — Tom Murry, president of Tahari Inc., has been named president of the CK Calvin Klein division of Calvin Klein Inc.
He succeeds Denise Seegal, who, as reported, has become president of Liz Claiborne Inc.
Murry, 45, has been president of Tahari since 1991, prior to which he was president and chief executive officer of Paula Saker and Intuitions. Earlier, he was senior vice president of marketing and sales at the College Town Corp.
“Elie [Tahari] has been great to me and it’s been one of the most difficult decisions I’ve ever made,” Murry said Monday. “Not only has he been my employer, but a very good friend. After six years, I think this a very exciting opportunity with unlimited potential.”
Murry, who assumes his new post next week, will report to Gabriella Forte, president and chief operating officer of Calvin Klein.
“This is an important time for our CK Calvin Klein division as we add new products to the CK lifestyle and roll out a global network of freestanding CK retail stores. We are therefore very pleased to have attracted someone of Tom Murry’s caliber and experience to this position,” said Forte in a statement.
Forte was unavailable for further comment.
Murry said his first order of business will be “to see what’s going on and evaluate the situation.”
“Gabriella has a very strong point of view and I will partner up with her and get the job done,” said Murry. He said the CK business “is doing OK and has the opportunity to do better.”
“We have to do the fundamentals right,” he added.
For 1996, Tahari’s wholesale volume is expected to be between $75 million and $80 million.
Tahari said that Murry had brought in a lot of talent during the past year, including three division presidents who will now assume more responsibility.
They are Wendy Waugh, president of the private label division; Ellen Levy-Ganz, president of the sportswear division and Steven Anastas, president of suits and dresses.

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