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Liz Claiborne Taps J&J Exec

Bill McComb replaces Paul Charron.

Liz Claiborne (LIZ) named William L. McComb CEO.

The New York-based fashion outfit said McComb will replace Paul Charron, who had been CEO since 1995. The company started a search earlier this year to find a successor. McComb was company group chairman at

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Charron will remain chairman through the end of 2006 and will become chairman emeritus Jan. 1.

Liz Claiborne also named former USA Networks chief Kay Koplovitz nonexecutive chairman.