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Chanel chief operating officer to step down

Chanel Inc. confirmed this week that John Galantic, chief operating officer and head of global digital services, has stepped down, effective July 1.

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The news of Galantic’s resignation was revealed to company staff on April 19, via an internal memo obtained by WWD. On April 24, a Chanel spokesperson confirmed the departure to the U.S. fashion publication.

Galantic joined Chanel in 2006 as president and chief operating officer, focusing on the company’s U.S. operations. He later took on additional global leadership roles in 2017, where he implemented and helmed the company’s ‘Integrated Platform’ team,  which became Chanel’s ‘Global Digital Services’ department. Here, Galantic was tasked with growing, as well as the company’s digital initiatives.

At the Parisian fashion house, the American ​executive also led sustainability and social commitment teams through initiatives such as Sunrun, Chanel Community, and the Racial Justice Fund.

Prior to Chanel, Galantic was president at Coty US LLC and president for Coty Beauty LLC.

“During his time with Chanel, John Galantic has built the brand and the business of Chanel Inc. into a true powerhouse. In 2017, he additionally took on a global leadership role to establish and oversee the Global Digital Services (GDS) to grow our and digital capabilities,” said a Chanel spokeswoman.

“Under his leadership, Chanel Inc. pioneered a transformational client centric model, increasing Chanel’s owned distribution and elevating client experience as well as profitability, growing the business in all categories.”

The spokeswoman added that a search for Galantic’s successor is currently underway.

In December, Chanel announced that Tokyo will host a repeat showing of Chanel’s Métiers d’Art collection on June 1.