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CHAZEN’S LITERARY TURN: Want to look back at those glory days of the Liz Claiborne brand? Jerome Chazen, a founder and former chairman of Liz Claiborne Inc., has written a book entitled “My Life at Liz Claiborne,” a business memoir. The book will be published by Author House ($24.95 hardcover, $7.99 e-book) and released in January.
Chazen spearheaded the sales, marketing, distribution and licensing programs that were a significant part of Claiborne’s success. He joined the firm in 1977, a year after it was founded, and the company grew in size from $7 million to more than $2 billion during his tenure. “Like Fox News, I try to be fair and balanced,” said Chazen, who served in various senior executive positions and then succeeded Liz Claiborne as chairman from 1989 to 1996. He was succeeded by Paul Charron.
Chazen said he really enjoyed the writing process. “It’s my first book, and my grandchildren talked me into it,” said Chazen, who today is chairman of Chazen Capital Partners and is involved in several business and philanthropic organizations. He also serves on a few corporate and charitable boards, including the Liz Claiborne Foundation.