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Kering names Cedric Charbit CEO of Balenciaga

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Reuters
Published
Oct 24, 2016

Isabelle Guichot has resigned as the chief executive of Balenciaga, replaced by Cedric Charbit, head of merchandising at Yves Saint Laurent, Kering, parent of the two brands said on Monday.


Cédric Charbit - Kering



Charbit has been hired to infuse new life at Balenciaga which has been struggling to match the success of rival sister brands Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent, producing low-single digit sales growth this year, an industry source told Reuters on condition of anonymity.

Balenciaga, which makes just under 400 million euros ($435 million) in estimated annual sales, had not had a best-selling handbag since the Arena under designer Nicolas Ghesquiere a decade ago.

Charbit, who has been credited with contributing to making Yves Saint Laurent the most successful brand within the Kering group, will work to turn the collections of Balenciaga's new designer Demna Gvasalia into commercially desirable products.

Balenciaga, once Kering's rising star, has been overshadowed by the success of Gucci, which has been growing in double-digit terms this year, and Stella McCartney, which is also one of the group's fastest growing fashion brands, the source added.

Guichot had been nine years at the helm of Balenciaga and is expected to stay at Kering, the group said.

Kering publishes its third-quarter sales on Tuesday evening. ($1 = 0.9195 euros) 

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