PARIS — Lane Crawford said Tuesday
its president, Jennifer Woo, would now helm the Hong Kong-based retail
conglomerate, the Lane Crawford Joyce Group, effective at the end of August.
OF PETER WOO & BESSIE PAO, daughter of SIR Y.K.PAO
The presidents of fashion-forward specialty chain Joyce, accessories retailer
Pedder Group and The Lane Crawford Joyce Group Distribution Co. will report to
Woo, who takes on the additional role of deputy chairman.
The change in command comes as Bonnie Brooks, president of Lane Crawford Joyce
Group since 2003, plans to exit that post in early September to become
president and chief executive officer of the Bay, the 94-unit Canadian
department store whose Toronto-based parent Hudson’s Bay Co. was recently
acquired by America’s NRDC Equity Partners.
Brooks, who spearheaded an expansion and upscaling drive at privately held
Lane Crawford Joyce Group, will become a member of its board.
One of Asia’s most dynamic luxury players, the Lane Crawford group has
tripled its business in the last five years and expanded its scope beyond Hong
Kong and Macau into China, Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and
Under Brooks’ tenure, Lane Crawford was repositioned from an old-style
department store into a modern fashion retailer, and a distribution company
was formed to bring a range of brands to Asia, including Tom Ford, Balenciaga,
Stella McCartney, Marni, Jil Sander, Etro, Jimmy Choo, Hugo Boss, Club Monaco,
Juicy Couture, Anya Hindmarch and Jo Malone.
In November 2007, Joyce founder Joyce Ma, along with her husband, Walter, and
daughter Adrienne, exited the fashion chain bearing her name.
Recently, Andrew Keith, vice president of merchandising at Lane Crawford, was
named president of Joyce Boutique Holdings Ltd., succeeding Adrienne Ma.
- 2008 August WWD