FOOT LOCKER SHARES UP: Shares of Foot Locker Inc. rose nearly 10 percent to close at $27.32, up $2.48, in trading Monday on the New York Stock Exchange. As reported, Foot Locker is said to be close to announcing a sale of the company. Sources close to private equity firms said that Kohlberg, Kravis & Roberts is expected to be the buyer, possibly in a joint deal with Apollo Management.

COLE HAAN NAMES JOHNSON: Cole Haan, the Yarmouth, Maine-based footwear and accessories firm, has tapped Alan Johnson as vice president of men’s sales. Johnson was most recently director of sales for footwear and accessories at Hugo Boss. In the newly created role at Cole Haan, he will be responsible for expanding the men’s footwear and accessories categories.

FINE TO IVILLAGE: Former Avon executive Deborah Fine, who most recently was chief executive officer of the Pink subbrand of Victoria’s Secret, was named president of NBC’s iVillage Properties on Monday. Fine, who reports to Beth Comstock, president of NBC Universal digital media and market development, oversees, the iVillage Parenting Network,, HealthCentersOnline,, and She worked at Pink for about a year, departing Limited Brands in March. Before joining Pink, Fine was president of Avon Future, the division that launched the youth-oriented Mark brand within Avon in 2003. She left in January 2005.

CHANGES AT CARRERA: Nathalie Guedj, former president and chief executive officer of Van Cleef & Arpels in the Americas, has been named managing director of Spanish fine jeweler Carrera y Carrera. Guedj left Van Cleef in April and was succeeded by Emmanuel Perrin. Alain Viot, ceo of Lladró Commercial S.A., will take on the responsibilities of former Carrera y Carrera ceo Maria Eugenia Girón, who left the company last month. In March, the Lladró group acquired Carrera y Carrera. It had owned 58 percent of the 121-year-old company since 2003.

This story first appeared in the July 11, 2006 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

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