German fashion firm Hugo Boss said its COO Hans Fluri is to become chairman of parent group Red & Black Lux Sàrl.

Fluri will resign from office as a member of the managing board of Hugo Boss by 31 March 2009 at the latest, a statement said.

He will be replaced by Klaus-Gerhard Bierbrauer as COO and a member of its managing board.

Bierbrauer will take charge of purchasing, production and logistics and will assume the role of COO from 1 April.

For the past eight years, Bierbrauer has been responsible for the operative management of the Gucci Group's fashion activities.

Red & Black Lux is the parent company of Valentino Fashion Group, which is the main shareholder of Hugo Boss.