Barbara Kennedy has been named president, wholesale — design, merchandising and sales at Donna Karan, a division of G-III Apparel Group Ltd.

Most recently, Kennedy was president of dresses at Ralph Lauren Corp., where she spearheaded the launch and development of the Lauren by Ralph Lauren, Chaps and American Living brands. Earlier, she served as president of dresses at Jones Apparel Group where she led a portfolio of dress brands, including Jones New York, Anne Klein, Nine West, Evan Picon and Joneswear.

G-III acquired Donna Karan International from LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton for $650 million in December. With the closing of the deal, Caroline Brown, chief executive officer of DKI, left the company at yearend. In addition, Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne, cocreative directors of DKNY, exited their roles to focus on their Public School business.

Morris Goldfarb, chairman and chief executive officer of G-III, said, “Barbara’s strong merchandising skills, as well as her wealth of experience in the department store channel, will be an important asset to the Donna Karan and DKNY growth plans we have developed.”

Kennedy added, “I have always admired the Donna Karan and DKNY brands and see enormous opportunity ahead. I look forward to working with the G-III and Donna Karan teams to develop the full potential of the Donna Karan and DKNY businesses.”