Stuart Weitzman Appoints Wayne Kulkin Chief Executive Officer
Roberta Lee Named Vice President of Marketing, Asia Pacific to Support Global
NEW YORK, Sept. 10, 2013
NEW YORK, Sept. 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Stuart Weitzman today announced that
Wayne Kulkin, former Vice Chairman, has been appointed Chief Executive
Officer, effective immediately. Kulkin will continue to report to Stuart
Weitzman, Executive Chairman of Stuart Weitzman.
As CEO, Kulkin will focus on strategic global expansion and other growth
opportunities for the Stuart Weitzman brand. In addition, Kulkin will assist
with the selection of an executive team to support the brand's growth
initiatives and develop a strategic roadmap for the future of the brand.
"Wayne has been a true partner over the last 23 years. His passion, creativity
and business acumen have been essential in driving our growth across diverse
channels, and I am confident that Wayne will be equally instrumental in his
new role as CEO," said Mr. Weitzman. "Attracting senior-level talent for the
hands-on, entrepreneurial culture at Stuart Weitzman will be a key part of our
next phase of growth. I believe that Wayne will succeed in leading this
endeavor and help ensure that the brand culture is maintained for the next
generation and beyond," said Mr. Weitzman.
"I am honored and excited to step into the role of CEO to help position the
Stuart Weitzman brand for continued growth and development across its many
channels," said Mr. Kulkin.
Stuart Weitzman also announced that as part of its continued global expansion
across all channels, Roberta Lee has joined the company in the newly created
role of Vice President of Marketing, Asia Pacific. Lee will be responsible for
driving the development, implementation and overall communications strategy
for Stuart Weitzman in the Asia Pacific region. She will report to Susan
Duffy, Chief Marketing Officer. Lee most recently served as Head of Fashion
Marketing for Chanel Limited, with responsibility for the strategic business
planning and marketing for Hong Kong and Macau.
"Roberta has an impressive understanding of the luxury market and will be a
tremendous asset to the company," said Ms. Duffy. "We are implementing this
strategic role as a result of our fast-paced retail expansion in the Asia
Pacific region and Roberta's appointment will help support the levels of sales
growth we envision over the next several years."
Growth Initiatives and Highlights
Stuart Weitzman expects to conduct a major store expansion over the next three
years and foresees considerable wholesale and e-commerce growth, licensing
opportunities, and brand extensions, including handbags and accessories. A
dedicated creative team for handbags has been developed and new designs will
be unveiled in the second half 2014.
Finding talent that fits into the hands on and entrepreneurial culture of the
Stuart Weitzman brand will be essential to success in the next stage of the
company's growth and to ensure that the brand culture is maintained for the
next generation and beyond. First on the agenda are the addition of a Global
President and Global Retail President.
The Zaha Hadid-designed international flagship is slated to open during
fashion week on the storied via Sant'Andrea in September. Other store
openings planned in 2013 include the Zaha Hadid designed shops in Hong Kong,
Rome and New York City. Stuart Weitzman currently has 100 freestanding stores,
three e-commerce sites and 80 countries of distribution.
One of the most important growth initiatives to date has been the September
2012 launch of a Stuart Weitzman website servicing all of Europe in four
languages. The next major digital expansion will be a site servicing the
entire Asia Pacific region.
Stuart Weitzman is a division of The Jones Group (NYSE: JNY).
ABOUT STUART WEITZMAN HOLDINGS LLC
A little obsessed with shoes.
Stuart Weitzman Holdings LLC, a global leader in designer footwear, operates
46 retail stores across the United States, including New York, Beverly Hills,
Chicago, Boston and Las Vegas. The company also has 57 international stores
and is sold in more than 80 countries.
A luxury brand built upon the idea of creating a beautifully-constructed shoe,
founder and designer Stuart Weitzman's main objective has always been to merge
fashion and function. The first thing a women puts on in the morning and the
last thing she takes off at night, his shoes are designed to feel as good as
they look and to look as good as they feel.
ABOUT THE JONES GROUP INC.
The Jones Group Inc. (www.jonesgroupinc.com) is a leading global designer,
marketer and wholesaler of over 35 brands with product expertise in apparel,
footwear, jeans wear, jewelry and handbags. The Jones Group has a reputation
for innovation, excellence in product quality and value, operational execution
and talent. The Company also markets directly to consumers through branded
specialty retail and outlet stores, through concessions at upscale department
stores and through its e-commerce sites.
The Company's internationally recognized brands and licensing agreements (L)
include: Nine West, Jones New York, Anne Klein, Kurt Geiger, Rachel Roy (L),
Robert Rodriguez, Robbi & Nikki, Stuart Weitzman, Brian Atwood (L), Boutique
9, Easy Spirit, Carvela, Gloria Vanderbilt, l.e.i., Bandolino, Enzo Angiolini,
Nine & Co., GLO, Joan & David, Miss KG, Kasper, Energie, Evan-Picone, Le Suit,
Mootsies Tootsies, Grane, Erika, Napier, Jessica Simpson (L), Givenchy (L),
Judith Jack, Albert Nipon, Pappagallo and Rafe (L).
Contact: Karen Ferko, 1-212-287-0671
SOURCE Stuart Weitzman
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