WITKOWSKI SAID GOING TO NAUTICA

Byline: Lisa Lockwood

NEW YORK — Don Witkowski has resigned as president of Donna Karan Menswear, and sources said he will assume a top post at Nautica Enterprises, the $700 million diversified sportswear company.
Witkowski will have responsibility for all men’s sportswear, domestic and international, as well as Nautica Jeans in Europe, both women’s and men’s, WWD has learned.
Neither Witkowski nor Harvey Sanders, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Nautica, could be reached for comment Friday. A Nautica spokeswoman said the company had no comment.
Witkowski, who resigned from Donna Karan Menswear on Thursday, had been in the post since June 1998. Earlier, he served as vice president of men’s merchandising and design at Polo Jeans and before that was vice president and divisional merchandise manager of men’s sportswear and modern European clothing for Barneys New York. He also has served as vice president of sales of Calvin Klein Collection, a men’s wear division of GFT USA.
A Donna Karan International spokeswoman confirmed that Witkowski had resigned, but declined comment on his successor.
Among Nautica’s divisions are Nautica, Nautica Jeans, Nautica Competition, John Varvatos and Earl Jean Inc., which the company acquired last April for about $45 million in cash plus stock.

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