KLEINE TO HEAD LICENSING AT KARAN
NEW YORK — Brigitte Kleine has been promoted to president of international and licensing at Donna Karan International, succeeding Allison Ryba, who resigned to join Pegasus Apparel Group as executive vice president of licensing and international affairs.
Kleine, who joined Karan in 1993 as an account executive, will now be responsible for all licensed businesses, regional distribution partners and licensed freestanding stores. Her most recent title was vice president of international sales for women’s DKNY, Donna Karan Collection and Signature, along with men’s and women’s DKNY Jeans. Kleine’s successor has not been named.
“I’m excited that we were able to look within our company to find the right talent to promote into this position,” said John Idol, Karan’s chief executive officer.
Meanwhile, Ryba starts at Pegasus June 1. Stephen L. Ruzow, chairman and ceo of the burgeoning American fashion conglomerate that this week acquired majority stakes in Miguel Adrover and Daryl K, joining its ownership position in Pamela Dennis, said she will be responsible for all domestic and international licensing for the group, encompassing retail, manufacturing and distribution agreements.
Ruzow, former president and chief operating officer of Donna Karan, worked with Ryba for six years there.
“She’s one of the best licensing people I know, and she’s amazing with international accounts,” he said.
Patterned after European luxury conglomerates, Pegasus hopes to acquire up to 10 brands over the next two years and is currently in negotiations with John Bartlett and Cynthia Rowley.