Luxury products group LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton has appointed former Vera Wang VP Mario Grauso as president of Celine Inc, the United States operations of the Paris-based fashion brand.

Mr Grauso reports to Jean-Marc Loubier, worldwide president and CEO of Celine, and to Fred Wilson, president and CEO of LVMH Fashion Group Americas.

Founded in 1945, Celine is a leader in the woman's luxury market and offers ready-to-wear, leather goods, shoes and accessories in over 86 boutiques around the world.

In addition to Vera Wang, Mr Grauso has held positions at Escada and in the Armani and Calvin Klein divisions of Italian company GFT.