Giorgio Armani Deputy Chairman John Hooks Says He Resigned

Giorgio Armani SpA Deputy Chairman John Hooks said he’s resigned from the Italian fashion house, citing the need for a break after 11 years at the company.

The executive, who is credited with leading the Milan-based company’s international expansion, is looking at a number of new projects, he said today by e-mail.

Armani made changes to its top management in September 2009, naming Livio Proli as general manager and giving his predecessor Gianni Gerbotto responsibility for the company’s financial management and investments. Hooks was made deputy chairman, having previously served as deputy general manager.

Amee Boyle, a spokeswoman for Armani, didn’t immediately return calls and an e-mail seeking comment.

Armani had earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization of 218 million euros ($312 million) in 2009 and revenue of 1.52 billion euros, the last published figures.

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