Branded apparel and accessories maker G-III Apparel Group has tapped Ralph Lauren's Barbara Kennedy as its president-wholesale-design, merchandising and sales for Donna Karan, following its US$650m acquisition of Donna Karan International.

Kennedy most recently served as president of dresses at Ralph Lauren where she led the launch and development of the Lauren by Ralph Lauren, Chaps and American Living brands.

Prior to her tenure at the US apparel giant, Kennedy served as president of dresses at Jones Apparel Group where she led a portfolio of dress brands, including Jones New York, Anne Klein, Nine West, Evan Picone and Joneswear.

"Barbara is one of the top women's apparel executives in our industry and we are thrilled to have her join us to lead the development of the Donna Karan and DKNY wholesale businesses," says Morris Goldfarb, chairman and CEO of G-III. "Barbara's strong merchandising skills, as well as her wealth of experience in the department store channel, will be an important asset to the Donna Karan and DKNY growth plans we have developed."

Kennedy says she looks forward to working with G-III and Donna Karan to develop the full potential of the Donna Karan and DKNY businesses.

"I have always admired the Donna Karan and DKNY brands and see enormous opportunity ahead." she adds.

G-III Apparel first announced plans to purchase Donna Karan from luxury goods group LVMH in July of last year.

LVMH to sell Donna Karan to G-III for US$650m

The deal, which closed last month, is designed to "broaden the brand's distribution and take it to its next level of success", according to the French conglomerate.

G-III Apparel completes US$650m Donna Karan acquisition