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Margaret Hayes, Who Championed Young Designers as Head of Fashion Group International, Dies

A tireless champion of young designers, Margaret Hayes, president and chief executive officer of Fashion Group International, died Thursday at her home in Greenwich, Conn. She was 79.
The cause of death was complications due to breast cancer, which she had had for several years.
Known as a hard-driving executive who produced impeccable events, Hayes made the switch from a successful retailing career to FGI in 1994, when she was hired as the organization’s president. At FGI, she oversaw such key programs as the group’s annual Night of Stars gala, the Rising Stars awards, a symposium series and the ready-to-wear trend forecasts.
Born in Queens, N.Y., Hayes graduated from Queens College. She began her retail career at Bloomingdale’s in the executive training program and became a senior-level executive. She was recruited by Saks Fifth Avenue in 1976, and rose to become senior vice president, then general merchandise manager, directing and implementing sales and profit growth for seven divisions and contributing the largest profit base for the company.
At FGI, Hayes oversaw a membership of 5,000, engaged in the fashion and design-related industries, in 26 regions around the U.S. and internationally. Founded in 1930 as the first nonprofit, professional organization established by and for women

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