NEW YORK — Polo Ralph Lauren Corp. tapped Scott Bowman as president of international business development, a new post.

Before joining Polo, Bowman was president of Scott Bowman Associates, a consultancy firm he founded in 2003, which focused on offering global retailers and brands business development support and strategic planning services. According to Bowman, the consultancy will now “be winding down.”

Prior to launching his firm, Bowman was chief executive officer of Marc Jacobs, a division of LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton. He managed the label’s planning from licensing to the expansion of Jacobs’ retail network in Asia. He had also been president and ceo of DFS Mid-Pacific Region and held several management posts at Limited Brands, Macy’s and Maas Brothers/Jordan Marsh.

At Polo, he will be in charge of the company’s businesses in Australia, Far East Asia, Japan and South and Central America, some of which are licensed, and he will report to Roger Farah, Polo’s president and chief operating officer.

“He brings leadership to our long-term strategic initiative to increase the Ralph Lauren business internationally, specifically in the luxury markets in Japan and the Pacific Rim,” Farah said in a statement.

This story first appeared in the May 17, 2005 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

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