LANCEL’S NEW CEO: Richemont named Marc Lelandais to be president and chief executive officer of Lancel, replacing Isabelle Guichot, who left for Gucci Group last year. Guichot had been ceo and president of Van Cleef & Arpels and Lancel. Lelandais, 39, will report to Norbert Platt, ceo of Compagnie Financière Richemont SA, Lancel’s parent. Lelandais had worked for Escada and Children Worldwide Fashion in management and marketing positions. Philippe Berlan, general manager of Lancel, who was named acting ceo after Guichot’s departure, remains general manager. He will report to Lelandais. Richemont spokesman Alan Grieve said Lelandais’ appointment was a vote of confidence for Lancel. “We wanted a strong candidate who could run with the business and further the brand’s international expansion,” he said. Richemont said it expects Lancel, which has been undergoing a restructuring, to turn a profit in the 2006-2007 fiscal year. Lancel employs 570 people and opened its latest store on the Champs-Elysées in December.
VF CORP. NAMES COO: VF Corp. said Wednesday that Eric C. Wiseman has been appointed president and chief operating officer, assuming responsibility for day-to-day operations of the company. Wise, 50, will report to Mackey J. McDonald, chairman and chief executive officer. He will have responsibility for the company’s jeanswear, intimates, outdoor and sportswear coalitions, and customer management. Wise most recently was executive vice president of global brands and joined VF in 1995 as executive vice president of JanSport. He was president of the company’s Bestform Intimates division after it was acquired in 1998, and he was appointed vice president and chairman of VF’s global intimate apparel coalition in 2000. He became executive vice president of global brands at VF last May.