Ralph Lauren names John Hooks, Group President Europe

Formerly Deputy Chairman and Vice President at Giorgio Armani Group, John Hooks has been appointed Group President Europe at RALPH LAUREN CORP, replacing Brian Duffy. John Hooks will be based at the European Headquarter of Ralph Lauren Corp. in Geneva and will be in charge with consolidating the group’s presence in Europe as a leading multichannel and premier multibrand operation.

Recently, Group CEO, Mr Lauren pledged to invest more than US$ 1 billion into capital expenditures over the next three years, to support the company’s international expansion, most of the investments being focused on Europe and China.  

For almost 11 years, John Hooks, has been instrumental for the international expansion of all the Armani Group brands, being considered the highest ranking executive within the company. In May, he left Armani Group unexpectedly, saying it was time for him to move on after 11 years.