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No. 41-60: Neil Clifford, Aldo, Ralph Lauren…

A look at some of the industry's big players.

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Ralph Lauren
Chairman, CEO; Ralph Lauren
2008 Rank: 62

Footwear continues to be a burgeoning category at Ralph Lauren — and Lauren, 70, has made several big moves. His high-end collections business, led by Jerome Espinos, has racked up impressive gains this year, thanks, in part, to higher sales in Europe. At home, the lines debuted in Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman. The more moderately priced Lauren brand, headed by Joel Oblonsky, continues to make waves as well. The women’s Lauren label moved into The NPD Group’s list of Top 10 brands in the “better” fashion category this year, while the Polo men’s label moved up to the No. 4 spot in NPD’s “better” men’s fashion brand ranking.

Power Players: Roger Farah, president, COO; Espinos, president, Footwear Collection Brands; Oblonsky, president, Lauren, Polo, Chaps, American Living

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