“I am extremely proud of this Company and the incredible success it has achieved,” said Roger Farah. “Shepherding the growth and development of Ralph Lauren has been an incredible professional accomplishment, and I am very excited about the opportunities that lie ahead. We have made tremendous progress in recent years by expanding into new markets, growing our global luxury presence, improving our direct-to-consumer reach and innovating in new product categories, but there is more to do. This is the optimal structure to take the Company through the next phase of growth and to support the continued global expansion of the business.”
In his new role, which reduces his time commitment to the business, Mr. Farah will be responsible for engaging in strategic projects and business development, as well as advising the Chairman and mentoring and counseling the management team. Mr. Farah joined Ralph Lauren from Venator Group, Inc. in 2000, where he served as Chairman and CEO from 1994 to 2000, and was previously President and COO of Macy’s Inc. and Chairman and CEO of Federated Merchandising Services and Rich’s Department Stores, respectively. Mr. Farah joined the Company’s Board of Directors in 2000.
Jackwyn Nemerov, in her new capacity as President and COO, will be responsible for global merchandising, manufacturing and supply chain operations as well as the Company’s retail, wholesale and licensing businesses worldwide. Ms. Nemerov has most recently served as Executive Vice President of Wholesale Apparel, Home, Accessories and Footwear, Product Licensing, Merchandising, Global Sourcing and Supply Chain, she has been responsible for the management of all men's, women's and children's wholesale brands, licensed apparel and accessories and manufacturing. Ms. Nemerov joined the Company in 2004 and has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2007. Prior to joining the Company, she served in various executive capacities at Jones Apparel Group for 17 years, including President and COO.