Salvatore Ferragamo has appointed Donald Kohler as global chief retail officer, a new position for the group, as it looks to sharpen its global distribution strategy. The Italian firm also named Kohler the new chief executive officer of the Americas region, creating a dual role for the retail veteran.
Effective September 4, Kohler will be responsible for the North, South and Central America markets and will report directly to the group’s CEO, Eraldo Poletto.
In 1990, Kohler Kohler joined Macy’s in the executive training program, working both in stores and in the buying office. In 1993, he joined Gap in San Francisco, before he was promoted to the role of vice president merchandise planning for the international division.
After eleven years at Gap, he moved on to Williams-Sonoma, and in 2008 joined Burberry Group in London as corporate vice president of planning, progressing to chief merchandising operations officer. In 2015, he was appointed president of Burberry Americas. Kohler is to leave the business on July 1. Gianluca Flore, the former CEO at Brioni, is succeeding Kohler at Burberry Americas, effective July 5.