Swimsuit and beachwear maker Gottex has named Molly Grad as its new head of design, replacing Gideon Oberson who has left the company to follow other interests.

Grad, a London based designer, has previously worked at Stella McCartney, YSL and most recently, as senior designer at Gianfranco Ferre.

Her first Gottex collection will be spring 2010, which will debut at New York's Mercedes Benz Fashion Week this September.

She will report to Kathy Van Ness EVP/CMO of SEA Group (Swim Experts Alliance), whose two units are Gottex Models Ltd, based in Israel and Christina America Inc, based in Montreal.

"We are excited about Molly's vision for the brand," Van Ness said.