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Alexander McQueen, one of the UK’s biggest fashion power players, has recruited a new CEO. As of the 9th May 2016, Emmanuel Gintzburger will take the reigns as Chief Executive Officer of the British fashion label that belongs to the portfolio of luxury brands under the Kering umbrella. Consequently, he will report to Grita Loebsack, Kering’s Chief Executive Officer of Luxury - Couture & Leather Goods Emerging Brands.
At 42 years old, Gintzburger’s career trajectory makes him a perfect fit for this new role, since he has worked for a number of luxury labels. Previous to being hired by Alexander McQueen, he was at Parisian fashion house Yves Saint Laurent from 2009 until 2016. His career includes stints at Louis Vuitton Pacific, Sephora France and at Jeanne Lanvin where he held various upper management roles.

The new recruit will replace Jonathan Akeroyd, who had been CEO at Alexander McQueen for 12 years. In a statement, Kering commented on Akeroyd’s departure saying: “In close collaboration with the creative and leadership team, he successfully oversaw the growth and the international expansion of the brand, making it one of the most recognized British luxury fashion brand in the world.” Whilst he is said to be going on to “pursue other interests outside of the Group”, Gintzburger will have the task of continuing to drive brand expansion as well as overseeing growth.
Earlier this week Alexander McQueen was one of the labels to appear at the Met Gala, an annual event that features an exclusive guest list of celebrities and key fashion figures. Nicole Kidman and Bee Shaffer, Anna Wintour’s daughter, both appeared on the red carpet in dresses by the British fashion label.