ADROVER PICKS NELSON AS EXECUTIVE SALES VP
Byline: Miles Socha
NEW YORK — Miguel Adrover is ready to do some business.
Making his first major executive appointment since joining the burgeoning fashion conglomerate Pegasus Apparel Group last month, Adrover named former Donna Karan executive Gary Nelson executive vice president in charge of sales and merchandising.
Nelson, who starts May 15, reports jointly to Adrover and Stephen L. Ruzow, chairman and chief executive officer of Pegasus.
Nelson, who was vice president of sales for Donna Karan Collection and Signature, is the fifth Karan alumnus to join a Pegasus company. As reported, Mary Wang and George Ackerman, former presidents of DKNY’s women’s and men’s divisions, now hold those respective positions at Daryl K, which Pegasus acquired last month. Ruzow, former president and chief operating officer at Karan, also hired his former colleagues Allison Ryba, now executive vice president of licensing and international affairs at Pegasus, and Louis Praino, executive vice president of worldwide sourcing.
Adrover, whose fall collection solidified his reputation as New York’s fastest-rising fashion star, has said he plans to tightly control distribution of his collection line, which will be limited to about two dozen domestic and two dozen European accounts for the first season.
Pegasus, which also owns a majority stake in the Pamela Dennis eveningwear business, hopes to buy eight to 10 brands over the next two years. As reported, Cynthia Rowley and John Bartlett are also in negotiations with group principals.