New York (February 12, 2007) - Polo Ralph Lauren Corporation (NYSE: RL) today announced that Francois Delage will join the Company as President, Asia Pacific effective September 1, 2007. Mr. Delage will report to Scott Bowman, President of International Business Development.
Mr. Delage's extensive professional experience in the luxury industry including 16 year tenure within L.V.M.H., make him uniquely positioned to assume this new role. Most recently, Mr. Delage was President, Asia/Pacific for Louis Vuitton, based in Hong Kong, where over the last six years he was responsible for leading the brand efforts across 14 markets. Prior to that Mr. Delage was General Manager in charge of L.V.M.H. fashion brands in Micronesia. In addition, Mr. Delage has held various key finance positions in France at Louis Vuitton, DaiNippon Ink and Chemicals and Walt Disney.
"The addition of a talented executive with Mr. Delage's substantial experience in luxury brand management in Asia fits perfectly into the Polo Ralph Lauren international growth strategy," said Roger Farah, President and Chief Operating Officer.
Polo Ralph Lauren Corporation is a leader in the design, marketing and distribution of premium lifestyle products in four categories: apparel, home, accessories and fragrances. For more than 40 years, Polo's reputation and distinctive image have been consistently developed across an expanding number of products, brands and international markets. The Company's brand names, which include "Polo by Ralph Lauren", "Ralph Lauren Purple Label", "Ralph Lauren", "Black Label", "Blue Label", "Lauren by Ralph Lauren", "Polo Jeans Co.", "RRL", "RLX", "Rugby", "RL Childrenswear", "Chaps", and "Club Monaco" among others, constitute one of the world's most widely recognized families of consumer brands. For more information, go to http://investor.polo.com .
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