Kenneth Cole Productions announced that Paul Blum has been appointed CEO, effective June 20. Kenneth Cole will continue as chairman and chief creative officer, maintaining his creative role over design and advertising. Hired in March as vice chairman, Blum brings over 25 years of experience in footwear, accessories, apparel, wholesaling and retailing to the position. He most recently held the position of CEO at luxury jewelry company David Yurman.
Jill Granoff, chief executive officer of Kenneth Cole Productions, announced her resignation, effective immediately. She had been at company for three years. In a statement, the company described the decision to find a new CEO as "mutual." Kenneth Cole, who founded the firm in 1982, will take on Granoff’s duties temporarily as the search for a new CEO begins.