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PVH Corp. Announces New Leadership Appointments

Sophia Hwang-Judiesch Appointed President, Tommy Hilfiger North America

Amba Subrahmanyam Promoted to Chief People Officer

PVH Corp. [NYSE: PVH] today announced the appointment of Sophia Hwang-Judiesch as the President of Tommy Hilfiger North America. She joins the company on January 8, 2024 and will report to Stefan Larsson, CEO of PVH. The company also announced today that Amba Subrahmanyam will be promoted to Chief People Officer at PVH. Both leaders will join PVH’s executive leadership team and Hwang-Judiesch will also become a key member of the global TOMMY HILFIGER leadership team.

Hwang-Judiesch is a highly experienced industry leader recognized for driving brand and market growth at leading omnichannel brands including Ulta Beauty, Carter’s Oshkosh and Esprit, where she consistently delivered improved revenue performance and profitability in key global markets. Hwang-Judiesch joins PVH and TOMMY HILFIGER from Hudson’s Bay, where, as President, she was responsible for the company’s retail stores in Canada and oversaw a robust omnichannel optimization strategy to elevate the consumer experience. Before joining Hudson’s Bay, she was vice president of strategic initiatives at Ulta Beauty, where she led the partnership and launch of Ulta Beauty@Target.

Mr. Larsson said, “I am thrilled Sophia is joining us to unlock the full potential of the Tommy Hilfiger business in North America. Sophia’s proven track record of driving profitable, omnichannel growth and enhancing the brand experience at every touch point will be critical as we get closer to consumers than ever before. With Sophia leading Tommy Hilfiger North America and Donald Kohler leading Calvin Klein North America, we now have the leadership strength in place for the North America unlock of both brands.”

Hwang-Judiesch said, “I am excited to be joining this incredible team to drive long-term growth and value creation for the TOMMY HILFIGER brand in North America. The opportunity to lead this iconic brand in the region is an honor, and I look forward to working closely with the global leadership team as we make the TOMMY HILFIGER brand more desirable in the market than ever before.”

The company also announced today the promotion of Amba Subrahmanyam to Chief People Officer. Subrahmanyam joined PVH in February 2022 and currently serves as Executive Vice President of People for PVH Americas and Calvin Klein Global. Prior to PVH, Subrahmanyam held HR leadership roles at Tapestry, Tory Burch and Coach. She succeeds Julie Fuller, who joined the company in 2020 and is leaving PVH to pursue other opportunities. This succession will be effective February 5, 2024, to allow time for a seamless transition.

Mr. Larsson said, “Amba is one of the key leaders behind the transformation of Calvin Klein and the early unlock of our North America business. She is known for combining her strong people focus, deep industry knowledge and business acumen to help grow people and brands. Amba’s proven experience supporting one of our biggest businesses, combined with the strong relationships and trust she’s built with our key global leaders, will help her hit the ground running. I want to congratulate Amba for this exciting opportunity and look forward to welcoming her to the leadership team.”

Mr. Larsson added, “I would also like to thank Julie for her dedication to our global associates, especially when navigating the unprecedented challenges we all faced during the pandemic. I have valued her leadership and partnership in establishing and building out the PVH+ Plan, and most importantly, in helping to build the very strong leadership team and global organization to execute it. I wish her every success in her next chapter.”

Subrahmanyam commented, “I am thrilled for the opportunity to partner with Stefan and the leadership team to engage, empower and energize our talented team as we work together to execute the PVH+ Plan. We are evolving our culture to become one of the best brand builders, and we will do it in an entrepreneurial way, supported by our strengths as one of the biggest global fashion groups.”

About PVH Corp.

PVH is one of the world’s largest and most admired fashion companies, connecting with consumers in over 40 countries. Our global iconic brands include Calvin Klein and TOMMY HILFIGER. Our 140-year history is built on the strength of our brands, our team and our commitment to drive fashion forward for good. That’s the Power of Us. That’s the Power of PVH.

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SAFE HARBOR STATEMENT UNDER THE PRIVATE SECURITIES LITIGATION REFORM ACT OF 1995: Forward-looking statements in this press release and made during the conference call/webcast, including, without limitation, statements relating to the Company’s future revenue, earnings, plans, strategies, objectives, expectations and intentions are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Investors are cautioned that such forward-looking statements are inherently subject to risks and uncertainties, many of which cannot be predicted with accuracy, and some of which might not be anticipated, including, without limitation, (i) the Company’s plans, strategies, objectives, expectations and intentions are subject to change at any time at the discretion of the Company; (ii) the Company’s ability to realize anticipated benefits and savings from divestitures, restructurings and similar plans, such as the headcount cost reduction initiative announced in August 2022, the 2021 sale of assets of, and exit from, its Heritage Brands menswear and retail businesses, and the November 2023 sale of the Heritage Brands women’s intimate apparel business to focus on its Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger businesses; (iii) the ability to realize the intended benefits from the acquisition of licensees or the reversion of licensed rights (such as the announced plan to bring in-house most of the product categories currently licensed to G-III Apparel Group, Ltd. upon the expirations over time of the underlying license agreements) and avoid any disruptions in the businesses during the transition from operation by the licensee to the direct operation by us; (iv) the Company has significant levels of outstanding debt and borrowing capacity and uses a significant portion of its cash flows to service its indebtedness, as a result of which the Company might not have sufficient funds to operate its businesses in the manner it intends or has operated in the past; (v) the levels of sales of the Company’s apparel, footwear and related products, both to its wholesale customers and in its retail stores and its directly operated digital commerce sites, the levels of sales of the Company’s licensees at wholesale and retail, and the extent of discounts and promotional pricing in which the Company and its licensees and other business partners are required to engage, all of which can be affected by weather conditions, changes in the economy (including inflationary pressures like those currently being seen globally), fuel prices, reductions in travel, fashion trends, consolidations, repositionings and bankruptcies in the retail industries, consumer sentiment and other factors; (vi) the Company’s ability to manage its growth and inventory; (vii) quota restrictions, the imposition of safeguard controls and the imposition of new or increased duties or tariffs on goods from the countries where the Company or its licensees produce goods under its trademarks, any of which, among other things, could limit the ability to produce products in cost-effective countries, or in countries that have the labor and technical expertise needed, or require the Company to absorb costs or try to pass costs onto consumers, which could materially impact the Company’s revenue and profitability; (viii) the availability and cost of raw materials; (ix) the Company’s ability to adjust timely to changes in trade regulations and the migration and development of manufacturers (which can affect where the Company’s products can best be produced); (x) the regulation or prohibition of the transaction of business with specific individuals or entities and their affiliates or goods manufactured in (or containing raw materials or components from) certain regions, such as the listing of a person or entity as a Specially Designated National or Blocked Person by the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control and the issuance of Withhold Release Orders by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection; (xi) changes in available factory and shipping capacity, wage and shipping cost escalation, and store closures in any of the countries where the Company’s or its licensees’ or wholesale customers’ or other business partners’ stores are located or products are sold or produced or are planned to be sold or produced, as a result of civil conflict, war or terrorist acts, the threat of any of the foregoing, or political or labor instability, such as the current war in Ukraine that led to the Company’s exit from its retail business in Russia and the cessation of its wholesale operations in Russia and Belarus, and the temporary cessation of business by many of its business partners in Ukraine; (xii) disease epidemics and health-related concerns, such as the recent COVID-19 pandemic, which could result in (and, in the case of the COVID-19 pandemic, did result in some of the following) supply-chain disruptions due to closed factories, reduced workforces and production capacity, shipping delays, container and trucker shortages, port congestion and other logistics problems, closed stores, and reduced consumer traffic and purchasing, or governments implement mandatory business closures, travel restrictions or the like, and market or other changes that could result in shortages of inventory available to be delivered to the Company’s stores and customers, order cancellations and lost sales, as well as in noncash impairments of the Company’s goodwill and other intangible assets, operating lease right-of-use assets, and property, plant and equipment; (xiii) actions taken towards sustainability and social and environmental responsibility as part of the Company’s sustainability and social and environmental strategy may not be achieved or may be perceived to be falsely claimed, which could diminish consumer trust in the Company’s brands, as well as the Company’s brands’ value; (xiv) the failure of the Company’s licensees to market successfully licensed products or to preserve the value of the Company’s brands, or their misuse of the Company’s brands; (xv) significant fluctuations of the U.S. dollar against foreign currencies in which the Company transacts significant levels of business; (xvi) the Company’s retirement plan expenses recorded throughout the year are calculated using actuarial valuations that incorporate assumptions and estimates about financial market, economic and demographic conditions, and differences between estimated and actual results give rise to gains and losses, which can be significant, that are recorded immediately in earnings, generally in the fourth quarter of the year; (xvii) the impact of new and revised tax legislation and regulations; and (xviii) other risks and uncertainties indicated from time to time in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

The Company does not undertake any obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statement made in this press release.


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