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Ralph Lauren CEO Stefan Larsson is to step down after less than two years in the post.

Stefan Larsson, a former head of Gap’s Old Navy division, was appointed chief executive of the luxury fashion company in late 2015.

He will leave on May 1st with a $10 million pay settlement after disagreements with founder and chairman Ralph Lauren over the direction of the brand.

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Ralph Lauren headed the company for nearly 50 years before being succeeded by Stefan Larsson.

The company said a search was being conducted for a new chief executive.

Ralph Lauren said: “Stefan and I share a love and respect for the DNA of this great brand.

“However, we have found that we have different views on how to evolve the creative and consumer-facing parts of the business.”

Ralph Lauren also reported a 12% fall in Q4 revenue to $1.71 billion, after a slump in wholesale shipments to customers.