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2013 May 21

Robert Vignola Steps Down As Calvin Klein President

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(NEW YORK) Robert Vignola is out and John Van Glahn is in as president of Calvin Klein Collection. The top tier shift comes three months after parent company PVH Corp. completed its $2.9 billion acquisition of Warnaco Group Inc., effectively bringing the previously licensed Calvin Klein jeans and underwear businesses in-house and transforming Vignola's role in the process. "It was a turning point in the company's evolution," Vignola told WWD. "I was president of global licensing, and it was a game changer...the licensing has become diminished. It was the right turning point for me to depart."

Vignola served as president of Calvin Klein Collection since January 2008, managing global sales, licensing, and merchandising for women's and men's apparel and accessories. His CV includes stints as CEO of Judith Leiber LLC, executive vice president of North America for Burberry, president of Hartmarx Corp.'s designer division, executive vice president of menswear at GFT Corp., and vice president of sales at Polo Ralph Lauren. His successor, Van Glahn, was plucked from Calvin Klein Inc., where he served as the former executive vice president of finance and administration. In his new position, Van Glahn will report to Calvin Klein Inc. president and CEO Tom Murry.

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