By ARTHUR ZACZKIEWICZ
Coach Inc. named Wendy Kahn chief executive officer and brand president of Stuart Weitzman, effective September 13.
Kahn, ceo of Valentino USA and V.F.G. USA and Canada, succeeds Wayne Kulkin, who will take on a consulting role at Coach.
“[Kahn]’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 Victor Luis, ceo of Coach. “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.”
Coach said Kahn joins the company “with full functional oversight of this subsidiary across all channels and areas of the businesses.”
Prior to Valentino, Kahn served in various roles at LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, specifically at brands such as Marc Jacobs, Celine and Pucci.
Luis thanked Kulkin for his service working closely with executive chairman Stuart Weitzman to create “this leading American luxury designer footwear brand.”
Kahn described Coach as an “exceptional company and Stuart Weitzman is a brand I’ve long admired, fusing fashion and fit, with a unique positioning at the gateway to luxury. I look forward to contributing to its growth and partnering with the entire leadership team.”