JENSEN NEWS: Georg Jensen is turning to former Gucci Group executive Toshiaki Tashiro and industrial designer Karim Rashid to help the Danish jeweler become a household name internationally. The Copenhagen-based firm added Tashiro to its board of directors. Tashiro was the chief executive officer of the Gucci Group in Japan, where he managed the Japanese market for brands such as Yves Saint Laurent, Bottega Veneta and Sergio Rossi. He left in July. In addition, Georg Jensen is teaming up with the New York-based industrial designer Rashid for a collection of jewelry, scheduled to launch in Jensen boutiques in fall 2005. Rashid is best known for plastic designs in brights, and he has worked on everything from restaurants to handbags, backgammon sets and rugs. For Georg Jensen, he will start with jewelry, with the possibility of extending the line into watches and home accessories as well. Georg Jensen, which celebrates its 100th anniversary this year, operates more than 100 boutiques in 13 countries. The company plans to open a unit in Greenwich, Conn., by November.
NEW PUBLISHERS: Time Inc. named a new publisher for People magazine Monday: Paul Caine, former publisher of Entertainment Weekly. Caine, who also has served as publisher of Teen People, has been with Time Inc. since 1989. He replaces Kathy Kayse, who is taking a leave of absence because of family circumstances, the company said. Kayse is expected to return to in a new role within several months. Succeeding Caine at Entertainment Weekly will be the title’s associate publisher, Tom Morrissy, a seven-year veteran of Time Inc.