Liz Claiborne Names Co-Prez at Kate Spade

New York City Liz Claiborne announced Wednesday that Craig Leavitt will join its Kate Spade division as co-president and COO effective mid-April. He will be responsible for driving business performance through the wholesale and retail channels.

In his role, he will partner with co-president and creative director, Deborah Lloyd on the management and overall leadership of the Kate Spade brand. Both Leavitt and Lloyd will report to William L. McComb, CEO of Liz Claiborne.

Leavitt comes to Kate Spade from Link Theory Holdings. There, he was responsible for merchandising, operations, planning and allocation and real estate for the Theory and Helmut Lang retail businesses.