TOKYO — Shinichi Tanaka has been named president of Gucci Group Japan, replacing Toshiaki Tashiro, who has resigned.

This story first appeared in the July 8, 2004 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

Tanaka, who joined Gucci Japan in 1997, had been executive vice president and chief financial officer of Gucci Japan. A rumor surfaced in April that Tashiro was resigning, but the report was denied. However, Tanaka soon left the group following the departures of former creative director Tom Ford and chief executive Domenico De Sole.

Tashiro also resigned from the Gucci Japan group companies where he served as board director — Gucci Group Japan Holding, Luxury Timepieces Japan, Bottega Veneta Japan, and Sergio Rossi Japan.

Tanaka joined Isetan Co., a major Japanese department store group, in 1979 after completing his graduate studies at Keio University, where he earned a degree in business management. He served in such posts as executive vice president and chief financial officer of Isetan of America Inc., managing director of Isetan International Finance B.V., and director of Barneys Japan, a unit of Isetan,?before moving to Gucci Japan in July 1997.

?Gucci Japan’s other group companies include Gucci Group Japan Gucci Division, Gucci Group Japan Yves Saint Laurent Division, Gucci Group Japan Boucheron Division, and Yves Saint Laurent Parfum.