Donald Kohler named president of Calvin Klein Americas
PVH Corp. announced on Wednesday the appointment of Donald Kohler as president, Calvin Klein Americas.
In this role, effective March 13, 2023, Kohler will lead the regional Calvin Klein business, and will report to Stefan Larsson, CEO of PVH Corp.
He joins the company with three decades of retail leadership experience, including leading the Americas region for global brands such as Burberry, Salvatore Ferragamo and Diesel. His expertise spans direct-to-consumer and third-party driven business models including owned and operated retail, wholesale, franchise and licensing, and e-commerce.
He also serves as an executive advisor and mentor with Raisefashion, a non-profit network of fashion industry leaders providing pro bono consulting.
“As we continue to build the right team to execute our PVH+ Plan, I am excited to have a strong operator like Donald join PVH to lead our Calvin Klein business in the Americas,” said Larsson.
“His unique experience as one of the key leaders responsible for the successful transformation of Burberry globally and in North America, together with his broad sector experience, will be critical in helping us connect Calvin Klein closer to the consumer in the Americas than any time before. Donald has deep operational experience in critical areas such as product, consumer engagement, and omni-channel marketplace execution.”
Kohler added: ”I'm thrilled to join PVH’s leadership for the Americas at such a pivotal moment for the company. Iconic global brands like Calvin Klein are rare, and to be part of creating Calvin Klein’s next chapter of growth here in the Americas is a career-defining opportunity. I look forward to working with Stefan, Eva and the Calvin Klein teams to deliver for our consumers who have a deep love for the Calvin Klein brand.”
The news follows the December appointment of Eva Serrano as global brand president. She will equally start in March 2023 and will report directly to Larsson. Serrano was previously with Inditex, where she officiated for almost twenty years.
Serrano will be taking over from Trish Donnelly, who had a dual role as CEO of PVH Americas and managing director of Calvin Klein Worldwide. When they announced her departure in August, the group shared that it would create two positions to replace her.
Larsson added, “We continue to put the pieces in place to execute the PVH+ Plan, and I’m pleased with our progress in building the team to drive long-term growth and value creation. With Eva and Donald providing brand and regional leadership for Calvin Klein, we will redouble our efforts to unlock our opportunity in the Americas and the full power of our iconic brands around the globe. We are in process of identifying a strong regional leader for Tommy Hilfiger in the Americas to help complete the team to revitalize every aspect of our business in this region.”
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