Underwear brand Tommy John names new CEO
Underwear brand Tommy John has named former Calvin Klein CEO Cheryl Abel-Hodges as its new chief executive officer.
In this role, she will work closely with brand founders, Tom Patterson and Erin Fujimoto to build the Tommy John brand via wholesale expansion and product innovation.
Abel-Hodges has more than 30 years of experience within the fashion industry. Her previous stints include president of the PVH Underwear Group, president of wholesale sportswear at Izod, vice president of sales and planning at Ralph Lauren, and VP general manager of Apparel at Liz Claiborne. Most recently, she was chief executive officer at Calvin Klein.
“Tom and Erin have built an amazing company over the last 15 years with products that push the industry forward,” said Abel-Hodges. “I’ve closely followed Tommy John over the years and am deeply impressed with the unique brand voice, product, and consumer brand loyalists. Alongside Tom, Erin and the incredible Tommy John team, I’m so excited to lead the next chapter of growth, evolution and innovation.”
Tommy John has doubled its wholesale footprint since 2022 and is expected to increase its retail presence by 40% before the end of the year.
“When we founded Tommy John 15 years ago, we had a simple goal of creating more comfortable solutions and building a business that will be around for the ages,” said Patterson. “Cheryl shares that very same vision, and with her extensive experience building and growing iconic heritage brands, she will be invaluable to Tommy John’s continued expansion.”
Fujimoto added: “Cheryl is a true visionary leader. We are truly humbled by Cheryl’s passion for the brand and are so excited for this next chapter of Tommy John.”
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