Polo Ralph Lauren Corp. said early Monday that it appointed Edouard Roche as head of its business in Japan, serving as president of Impact 21 Co. Ltd. He begins on Feb. 18 and will replace Tadao Enomoto, who will retire at the end of April.
Roche will report to Scott Bowman, Polo Ralph Lauren president of international business development. In addition, Toshio Hiyama, president and chief executive officer of Polo Ralph Lauren Japan Corp., the Japanese master licensee and a 100 percent owned subsidiary of Polo Ralph Lauren, will continue to report directly to Bowman, the company said, adding that Bowman will assume responsibility for the role of chairman of Impact 21 upon Enomoto’s retirement.

Polo Ralph Lauren said Roche is fluent in Japanese and “has significant experience in the luxury goods industry, having worked for the last 17 years at L’Or?al and, prior to that, at Guerlain.”

For complete coverage, see Tuesday’s issue of WWD.

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