Apparel giant Kate Spade & Company, formerly Fifth & Pacific Companies, has confirmed the appointment of Thomas Linko as chief executive officer.

Linko will oversee the global finance team and report to George Carrara, president and chief operating officer. He was previously chief financial officer and chief operating officer of Juicy Couture.

CEO Craig Leavitt said: "I am pleased to officially welcome Tom to the Kate Spade & Company management team. Tom led the Juicy wind-down, the results of which were better than planned, and we look forward to benefiting from his significant experience as we continue to grow."