April 22, 2013, 2:49 PM

Ralph Lauren’s e-commerce director moves on

Sarah Gallagher worked for the retailer for 12 years.

Kevin Woodward

Senior Editor

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Ralph Lauren has closed Rugby.com, too.

Sarah Gallagher, president of e-commerce at Ralph Lauren Media LLC, has left the fashion design firm after 12 years, a Ralph Lauren spokeswoman says. The company would not say why Gallagher left.

Ralph Lauren also said that Robert Gagnon, a former Gap Inc. executive, was named senior vice president of e-commerce on April 1.

Gallagher, who departed last week, oversaw e-commerce sales that grew 30% in fiscal 2012 to $479.9 million from $369 million. Ralph Lauren, No. 69 in the Internet Retailer Top 500 guide, has eyed international e-commerce for growth. Since mid-2012, Ralph Lauren expanded its France e-commerce site to serve consumers in Italy, Greece, Spain and Portugal, and it launched a Japan e-commerce site. It also debuted ClubMonaco.ca, an apparel site for Canadian consumers, according to a company filing about its third quarter results ended Dec. 31.

Ralph Lauren also closed its Rugby.com e-commerce operation in the quarter. The site launched in 2008 with e-commerce capabilities. It also will shutter 14 Rugby bricks-and-mortar stores. “This decision was primarily based on the results of an analysis of the brand concept, including an opportunity for the company to reallocate resources related to these operations to support other high growth business opportunities and initiatives,” the company said.

Gap is No. 22 in the Top 500.

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