MILAN — Toshiaki Tashiro, president of Gucci Japan, is stepping down, the latest high-level executive to leave the Italian company since last month’s departures of president and chief executive officer Domenico De Sole and creative director Tom Ford.
A Gucci spokesman confirmed Tuesday that Tashiro is leaving at the end of June “for personal reasons.” He could not provide further information on Tashiro’s departure or possible successors, and Tashiro could not be reached for comment at press time.
Gucci Japan last month denied a report in The Financial Times that Tashiro was preparing to leave.
Tashiro joined Gucci Japan as president in March 1997 after heading Barneys Japan, a unit of Isetan Department Stores, for many years.
Japan accounted for 27.34 percent of the Gucci division’s 1.52 billion euros, or $1.81 billion at current exchange rates, of revenue in fiscal 2003. Gucci brand sales in Japan rose 2.2 percent in the fourth quarter to 136.9 million euros, or $162.3 million, while sales for the full year grew only 1.9 percent to 416.2 million euros, or $493.5 million.
Tashiro joins a growing list of defections at Gucci, which includes chief financial officer Robert Singer and communications directors Lisa Schiek and Tomaso Galli. Another De Sole disciple, Brian Blake, head of Gucci’s watch division and jeweler Boucheron, left prior to De Sole’s departure and subsequently joined Burberry as worldwide president and chief operating officer.
On the style front, Boucheron creative director Solange Azagury-Partridge said earlier this month she had left the jewelry, watch and fragrance house.