NEW YORK — Ron Mangini has been named president of Liz Claiborne’s Russ division.
Mangini, who will report directly to Jerome A. Chazen, chairman of Liz Claiborne, will oversee all design direction, production, sales, marketing and merchandising for the division, which markets moderate-price careerwear.
Mangini succeeds Harvey Rosenzweig, 70, who is retiring from the apparel industry to pursue other interests, according to the firm. No retirement date has been set, the company said, and until he leaves he will work with Mangini.
Rosenzweig, who could not be reached for comment, came to Liz Claiborne from Russ Togs in 1992, as part of the company’s acquisition of the Russ, The Villager and Crazy Horse trademarks. At Russ Togs, he was president of the division for 19 years. Before that, he had served as vice president of women’s sportswear at Robert Hall.
Mangini joins Claiborne from Beeba’s Creations, where he was vice president and division head of junior sportswear from October 1989 to March 1994. Previously, he was vice president of sales and merchandising for sportswear at Colonial Corp. of America, from June 1986 to October 1989, and before that was vice president of sales for all products at the Lee Co.