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October 9--  The Atlanta Business Chronicle reports the CEO of Oxford Industries is retiring but will retain his position as Chairman of the Board.

"Oxford Industries Inc.’s long-time CEO J. Hicks Lanier will retire at the end of the year and be replaced by Thomas C. Chubb III.

{mosimage}Lanier, who has been Oxford CEO for 35 years, will remain chairman of the board following his retirement as CEO on Dec. 31.

Chubb is Atlanta-based Oxford’s president. He came to Oxford (NYSE: OXM) as a summer intern in 1988 and joined the company full time as an in-house attorney in 1989. He was promoted to general counsel in 1999. He became executive vice president in 2004. In 2009, he was promoted to his present position as Oxford’s president.

“I am delighted to pass the torch to Tom, whose management capabilities and experience have prepared him well to lead Oxford now and in the future,” Lanier said, in a statement. “Tom has played a central role in our strategic and operational plans, particularly over the pivotal past decade as we have evolved into the brand-centric company we are today. He has provided key leadership in all of the significant transactions we’ve completed during this time, from the purchase of Tommy Bahama in 2003 through the acquisition of Lilly Pulitzer in 2010, all transactions which were critical to Oxford’s transformation.”