Michael Kors names Versace exec Cedric Wilmotte as CEO

By Amanda Pauley | Published: 25-Jan-2023

Wilmotte will join the luxury fashion brand on 3 April with plans to upscale and accelerate its growth

Michael Kors has named Cedric Wilmotte as CEO, effective from 3 April.

Wilmotte will be responsible for continuing the luxury fashion and fragrance brand’s upscale repositioning and accelerating its strategic initiatives. 

He is replacing Joshua Schulman, who made a surprise exit from the brand in March last year.  

Wilmotte has more than 25 years’ experience in multichannel product distribution, operations, digital, marketing, profit and loss, and oversight.

He is currently serving as interim CEO of Italian luxury fashion brand Versace.

Since September 2022, he has been working as the label's COO too.

Versace is owned by global fashion luxury group Capri Holdings, which is Michael Kors parent company.  

Estée Lauder Companies (ELC), however, holds the licensing deal for Michael Kors designer fragrances. 

Wilmotte is not new to the inner workings of the Michael Kors team either.

He served as the brand’s President of Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) business from 2008-2021 and Director of Wholesale Sales EMEA from 2004-2008. 

He has also held senior leadership positions at Marc Jacobs and Donna Karan. 

“I am excited to lead the Michael Kors brand as CEO,” said Wilmotte. 

“Having been a part of the Michael Kors family for almost 15 years, I have a special and personal connection to our brand, our employees and our customers. 

“I look forward to partnering with Michael, the strong leadership team and all of our valued employees around the world to execute on our strategic vision and drive future growth.”

John Idol, Chairman and CEO of Capri Holdings, said Wilmotte is the perfect fit. 

“Cedric has proven himself to be a versatile leader within our group, having achieved great success at both Michael Kors and Versace,” he said. 

The board, Michael and I are confident that the Michael Kors brand will benefit tremendously from Cedric’s leadership, which will help to further accelerate our strategic initiatives.”

Capri Holdings also has luxury fashion brand Jimmy Choo in its portfolio.

The big board reshuffle

Several big leadership announcements have been made this month. 

LVMH Chairman Bernard Arnault named his daughter Delphin Christian Dior’s new CEO just two weeks ago.

Her previous roles include Executive Vice President of Louis Vuitton, where she supervised all of the fashion label’s product-related activities.

Coty has appointed L’Oréal veteran Lubomira Rochet to its board of directors.

She is tasked with boosting the beauty giant’s omnichannel approach and driving its digital transformation. 

Aromatherapy Associates CEO Anna Teal revealed she is leaving the luxury spa brand after four years at the helm. 

The company’s recent leadership reshuffle has been cited as a key reason. 

Rachel Baker has also joined Jo Malone London as its new VP and General Manager.

She was chosen because of her track record of delivering profitable brand growth and operational excellence in all channels of distribution. 

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