PARIS — Richard Hanckowiak is the new president of the Herve Leger fashion house.
Hanckowiak, 60, takes over the helm from Wolfgang Freuer, the former Escada and Cerruti executive who was Leger’s managing director. Freuer, who joined Leger only last summer, left the house earlier this month to work in Munich for Rena Lange as distribution and marketing manager. Freuer’s position will not be filled. “What can I say? I am thrilled,” said Hanckowiak. “I have followed Leger for a long time, and always believed in him. I have always wanted to work with a young promising designer, and here’s the opportunity.”
“I’m very, very happy with the choice,” said Leger. “He understands that we are a young, growing company that can’t be treated like big business. “I want to work, and needed someone I can trust, like Mr. Hanckowiak, to handle the business side of our house,” said the designer, who noted that while Hanckowiak was at Guy Laroche, he had commissioned Leger to do some designs for Laroche.
Hanckowiak spent most of his career at Groupe Guy Laroche, which he joined in 1977 as financial director. He was appointed president in 1992, but abruptly left the company last February, succeeded by Bruno Bich, the chairman of Groupe Bic, Laroche’s majority shareholder.

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