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Valentino’s Wendy Kahn named new CEO of Stuart Weitzman

Stuart Weitzman Catalog Spring 2016

Handbag maker Coach Inc. has named Valentino executive Wendy Kahn as chief executive and brand president of Stuart Weitzman, the shoe business it bought in May last year.

Kahn is currently CEO of Valentino, USA and will succeed Wayne Kulkin, effective Sept. 13. Kulkin will become a consultant to Coach.

“Wendy’s success in developing global luxury brands and extensive general management experience make her the ideal candidate to lead Stuart Weitzman, building on the brand’s strong foundation,” said Coach CEO Victor Luis in a news release issued Thursday.

“She is highly regarded as a brand champion and for her ability to drive growth in both wholesale and retail channels and across categories including footwear, apparel and accessories.”

Prior to joining Valentino, Kahn served in leadership roles at LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton for brands including Marc Jacobs, Celine and Pucci.

(Source: Business Wire)