Kering Appoints New CEOs at Christopher Kane, Bottega Veneta

The luxury conglomerate is playing CEO musical chairs.
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The luxury conglomerate is playing CEO musical chairs.
Christopher Kane's spring 2014 show. Photo: Imaxtree

Christopher Kane's spring 2014 show. Photo: Imaxtree

Kering is reshuffling management at some of its brands, with the most recent news affecting both one of its newest and one of its oldest design houses.

Christopher Kane's first-ever CEO Alexandre de Brettes, who was appointed a little more than a year ago, is out after having overseen the rapidly-growing British brand's integration into Kering.  On Nov. 17, he'll be replaced by Sarah Crook, a Brit who worked as a consultant to the British Fashion Council and other brands after spending eight years at Stella McCartney, where she was merchandise and business development director and then vice-president.

The year since Kane took a majority investment from Kering has been an eventful one, which saw the brand's expansion into retail (his first store is set to open this year) and into new categories like handbags and beauty. It's still a crucial time for the company and Crook will be tasked with accelerating growth globally.

"I’m confident that both her strong merchandising and commercial skills and her extensive expertise in business development acquired over the years will benefit the Christopher Kane brand in its strategic expansion,” said Marco Bizzarri, CEO of Kering’s ‘Luxury - Couture & Leather Goods’ division.

According to Kering, de Brettes will take a position elsewhere within the group after ensuring a smooth transition.

Meanwhile, Kering has found a replacement for Bizzarri, who was promoted from CEO of Bottega Veneta to his current position in July. Carlo Alberto Beretta will inhabit the role effective Jan. 7 2015, and will report to Bizzarri.