Gucci Group NV and Stella McCartney announced today the appointment of James C Seuss, 37 as chief executive officer of the new Stella McCartney label. The appointment will take effect on May 21, 2001.

Prior to joining the Gucci Group, Seuss served as managing director of Tiffany & Co in the UK, a post he has served in for the past four years. Before that he served in Tiffany & Co for eight years and has acquired wide experience in luxury retail and wholesale distribution in key Asian and European markets.

Domenico De Sole, president and chief executive officer of Gucci Group, said: "The Gucci Group team is pleased to welcome James on board. He has tremendous experience in the industry and we look forward to working on the Stella McCartney label with him.