Two of Paris' biggest design houses are welcoming new chief executive officers. Francesca Bellettini has been named chief executive officer of Yves Saint Laurent, a post she will take on September 1. Bellettini is taking the place of Paul Deneve, who is reportedly moving on to the high-tech industry. Bellettini is currently serving as the executive director of all aspects of merchandising, visual display and communication at Bottega Veneta. In case you thought Bellettini may attempt to rein in notoriously rebellious Hedi Slimane, that's not the case. It appears Slimane's number one supporter Saint Laurent's former business partner, Pierre Berge, has had a say in all of this and as a result, Slimane will take on "all strategic projects for the brand."
Update: As for what Deneve will do now - He's actually leaving YSL to serve as Apple’s new Vice President. According to a statement from Apple: “He’ll be working on special projects as a vice president reporting directly to Tim Cook.”
Lanvin has also named a new chief executive officer. Michèle Huiban joined Lanvin in 2008, and has been serving as the deputy general manager of the company since April, when former managing director Thierry Andretta announced his resignation.