tom ford
by Brian Lipton

tom fordTom Ford has announced that Brian Blake, the company’s current Chief Executive Officer of Distribution and Manufacturing, has been promoted to President and Chief Operating Officer of Tom Ford International, effective immediately. Blake will report directly to CEO Tom Ford, and he will assume the responsibilities of Tom Mendenhall, who has left his position as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer to pursue other opportunities.

A 40-year veteran of the fashion world, Blake served as President and CEO of Gucci Worldwide, COO and Commercial Director Worldwide for Prada and Miu Miu, and President and COO Worldwide for Burberry before he joined Tom Ford International.

“I have known and worked with Brian Blake for the past 27 years since we began our working relationship and friendship at Gucci in 1990,” said Ford. “We have grown and developed together over that time and most recently worked closely together at Tom Ford International. Brian is a rare creature in our industry as he is highly analytical and practical yet also has tremendous people skills and is a proven leader. I look forward to a new chapter in our growth and development with Brian at my side.”

Added Blake: “Since I joined Tom Ford International, I have had the privilege of working alongside an outstanding team of talented individuals who have significantly contributed to the growth of our company. I am honored to be part of this exceptional organization and look forward to working closely with Tom Ford as we continue to build our business and reputation as the world’s leading luxury brand.”