Bruno Sälzer, chief executive of Hugo Boss, is leaving after 13 years with the company, recently acquired by the Permira investment fund along with the rest of the Valentino Fashion Group. He leaves a company whose pre-tax profit grew by 18 percent in 2007 to €212 million on 9 percent higher sales of €1.63 billion, with a 12 percent rise in constant currencies. Sales of shoes and leathergoods rose by 16 percent to €176 million. Sales through its own stores went up by 25 percent to €239 million. Hugo Boss will soon begin to sell its products through its own internet portal, but it has closed its 2,000-square-meter store on New York’s Fifth Avenue, preferring instead to trade through five smaller stores in different parts of the city.