09 Dec Stuart Weitzman Announces New Global President
Stuart Weitzman Holdings, LLC announced that Francois Kress has joined as global president. In this newly created position, Kress will oversee all aspects of the global retail and wholesale business plus take on the role of strategic leader for new initiatives and brand extensions. He will report directly to Wayne Kulkin, CEO, and will be based out of international headquarters in New York City.
Kress brings more than 20 years of knowledge in both luxury retail and wholesale markets, working previously as President and CEO of Prada and Miu Miu USA, CEO and Managing Director of Bulgari America. Most recently, he has
served as President and COO at The Row.
“We are building the next generation Stuart Weitzman brand and are elated and pleased to announce Francois Kress in the newly created role as global president,” said Wayne Kulkin, CEO. “Francois brings such a vast tool chest of luxury wholesale and retail experience to our company. We are all excited for the next steps of our brand. Francois will be a key catalyst in driving new initiatives as well as leading and collaborating with our talented management team already in place around the world. We are all looking forward to seeing the impact and benefits of Francois’s leadership.”
“Over the years, I have been very impressed by the company’s evolution. Stuart Weitzman and his whole team have built a strong and consistent global brand which is engraved in the American fashion landscape. It elegantly combines women’s needs with the glamorous allure of fashion luxury. I’m extremely enthusiastic to join such an iconic brand and to be part of its future expansion,” said Kress.