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Ralph Lauren names Giorgio Armani exec as European group president

Premium lifestyle brand and retailer Ralph Lauren has appointed John Hooks as group president in Europe, replacing Brian Duffy.

John Hooks, who was most recently deputy chairman and vice president at Giorgio Armani Group, replaces Duffy who has headed-up the European division of the business since 2003.

Duffy intends to stay with the business until the end of its financial year in order to ensure a smooth transition. It is not known if Duffy has a job to go to.

“John Hooks has an outstanding reputation and track record of developing and growing a global business. With his affinity for and knowledge of the luxury and European markets, I know he will play a significant role in the Ralph Lauren Corporation as we continue on our path of being one of the world’s leading luxury companies,” said Roger Farah president and chief executive of Ralph Lauren.

Hooks will be based at Ralph Lauren’s European headquarters in Geneva.

In May of this year Ralph Lauren said it was to focus its international expansion on Europe after the company reported a 7% sales growth for its fourth quarter.

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