Liz Claiborne Inc. confirmed yesterday the appointment of Thomas Grote to the position of CEO of Mexx Worldwide. Grote, credited with building the Esprit brand into a global powerhouse since the mid ’90s, will join the company on Oct. 1, 2009 and report to William L. McComb, CEO of Liz Claiborne Inc.

In other company news, Tom Fitzgerald, Interim CEO at Mexx and Senior Vice President, Direct Brand Services, has been named CEO of Lucky Brand Jeans, effective Jul. 1. Fitzgerald, who joined Liz Claiborne Inc. 18 months ago from Bain Capital, was the former COO/Co-Leader of Bath & Body Works and held domestic and international positions at PepsiCo for 16 years.