Since joining Philips Van Heusen Corp as vice president and controller in 1993, Emanual Chirico has overseen the retail corporation’s three largest strategic acquisitions, including the acquisition of Calvin Klein and the purchase of Tommy Hilfiger.
Appointed to the role of chief executive officer in 2006, and subsequently chairman of the board, in February 2013 Chirico also completed the acquisition of Warnaco Group, adding the Calvin Klein jeans and underwear range to the company’s sizeable portfolio as well as acquiring the rights for Speedo. Now an $8 billion apparel company, PVH Corp. was ranked 4th in the apparel industry on Fortune magazine’s 2013 list of The World’s Most Admired Companies.
Ranking first place in the 2012 Institutional Investor Magazine’s ‘Best CEO in the Apparel, Footwear and Textiles Industry’, Chirico, an alumnus of Fordham University in New York, began his career in Ernst and Ernst (now Ernst & Young LLP) shortly after graduating with a CBA in 1979, eventually rising to partner at the firm. Prior to his appointment as chief executive, Chirico also served as chief operating officer and chief financial officer of the company, charged with overseeing the company’s heritage brands and reducing the corporation’s debt liabilities.
Chirico has served as a director on the board of Dick’s Sporting Goods since 2005 and previously served as a director of Superba and American Apparel & Footwear Association. In 2012 Chirico was named as WWD’s people’s choice winner for 'Newsmaker of the Year' based on his successful retail operations.