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2012 November 2

Kenneth Cole CEO Paul Blum Steps Down

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(NEW YORK) Kenneth Cole is bidding adieu to chief executive officer Paul Blum by November's end—in the helming exec capacity, at least, as Blum will bounce back to the advisor capacity for the company, Kenneth Cole Productions Inc. Blum's successor? Cole himself! The eponymous designer, who currently holds the titles of chairman and chief creative officer, is adding CEO to the list with Blum's departure.

Blum's history with the house traces back to 1990: he held an assortment of gigs at Kenneth Cole through 2005 before decamping to David Yurman to become CEO at the bauble brand. Last March, Blum rejoined Kenneth Cole as vice chairman before getting bumped up to CEO in May 2011 with the departure of Jill Granoff. 

In September, Kenneth Cole segued into privately-owned territory after being a public company since 1994. Also keeping chez Kenneth Cole busy as of late? The brand's 30th anniversary in 2013, plus the Spring 2013 debut of consulting creative director Kobi Halperin's designs for the label. Another big moment: Cole, in his newly-minted trifecta of roles, will go the runway route in February for the first time in seven years to present a Fall 2013 collection. Haute NYFW ticket alert! 

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