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CEO; Marc Fisher Footwear
2008 Rank: 84
Rather than breaking big news or brokering major deals in 2009, Fisher focused on quietly expanding his existing brands’ presence in Asia, Europe and Canada, and growing the brands’ categories. Fisher, 51, opened Sigerson Morrison shop-in-shops at Galeries Lafayette and Printemps in Paris, adding to the brand’s four established boutiques. New Guess outlets and shop-in-shops were also added to the mix, bolstering business in 1,154 stores — 22 of which sell footwear exclusively — in more than 60 countries. Fisher’s agreement with Macy’s over his eponymous line, meanwhile, grew to include a presence in 634 doors. While 2009 may have slowed some, Fisher is hoping for a big boost in the coming year with the launch of an undisclosed new line, collaborations and acquisitions.
Power Players: Susan Itzkowitz, president; Terry Solis, president, sales