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Patti Cohen is leaving her post at Donna Karan International after more than 30 years at the company, WWD reports. The move comes less than a month after news broke that the designers behind the Public School label would become DKNY's new creative directors and former Apple marketing exec Hector Muelas was appointed chief image officer at Donna Karan International. He has been tasked with taking over the company's brand image, marketing, and creative services.
After Muelas's hire, there was no indication that Cohen would be leaving her position. Cohen's role was said to shift from executive vice president of global marketing and communications to executive vice president of global public relations and communications. Cohen and Karan met 35 years ago on a Fire Island tennis court and WWD describes her as an industry icon and the "cohort-sidekick-calm alter ego" to Karan's "exuberant fast-talking, multitasking designer-artiste-philanthropist."