Ralph Lauren Corporation (NYSE:RL) today announced that Roger Farah, Executive Vice Chairman, will retire from the Company at the end of May. Mr. Farah will remain on the Company’s Board of Directors until the expiration of his term on the date of the Company’s 2014 Annual Meeting of Stockholders in August 2014.
“Roger is a spectacular leader, trusted advisor and a good friend,” said Ralph Lauren, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “I am tremendously grateful for his important contributions to the growth of this Company. During his tenure, Roger helped us assume direct control of our most strategically important regions and merchandise categories, evolving our Company into a highly profitable, global business. He’s cultivated an impressive team of leaders who are ready to build on the strong foundation he has established. I wish Roger and his family all the best.”
Mr. Farah commented, “The last fourteen years have been among the most rewarding of my career. It has been an honor to work with Ralph and the team. I am very proud of what we accomplished, and I am excited to watch the Company evolve as it pursues its many compelling growth opportunities. I am confident that the leadership team, under Ralph’s guidance and vision, is well prepared to execute the next phase of the Company’s development and continue to create significant value for its shareholders.”
Following Mr. Farah’s retirement from Ralph Lauren, the Company’s Office of the Chairman will be comprised of: Ralph Lauren, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer; Jacki Nemerov, President and Chief Operating Officer; Chris Peterson, Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer and Chief Financial Officer; and, Valérie Hermann, President, Ralph Lauren Luxury Collections.ABOUT RALPH LAUREN Ralph Lauren Corporation (NYSE: RL) is a leader in the design, marketing and distribution of premium lifestyle products in four categories: apparel, home, accessories and fragrances. For more than 47 years, Ralph Lauren's reputation and distinctive image have been consistently developed across an expanding number of products, brands and international markets. The Company's brand names, which include Polo by Ralph Lauren, Ralph Lauren Purple Label, Ralph Lauren Collection, Black Label, Blue Label, Lauren by Ralph Lauren, RRL, RLX, Ralph Lauren Childrenswear, Denim & Supply Ralph Lauren, Chaps and Club Monaco, constitute one of the world's most widely recognized families of consumer brands. For more information, go to http://investor.ralphlauren.com. This press release and oral statements made from time to time by representatives of the Company contain or may contain certain "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements include statements regarding, among other things, our current expectations about the Company's future results and financial condition, revenues, store openings, margins, expenses and earnings and are indicated by words or phrases such as "anticipate," "estimate," "expect," "project," "we believe" and similar words or phrases. These forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from the future results, performance or achievements expressed in or implied by such forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are based largely on the Company's expectations and judgments and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, many of which are unforeseeable and beyond our control. The factors that could cause actual results to materially differ include, among others: the loss of key personnel; our ability to successfully implement our anticipated growth strategies; to continue to expand or grow our business and capitalize on our repositioning initiatives in certain merchandise categories; our ability to secure the technology facilities and systems used by the Company and those of third party service providers from, among other things, cybersecurity breaches, acts of vandalism, computer viruses or similar events; our ability to continue to maintain our brand image and reputation and protect our trademarks; the impact of global economic conditions and domestic and foreign currency fluctuations on the Company, the global economy and the consumer marketplace and our ability to access sources of liquidity; the impact of the volatile state of the global economy or consumer preferences on purchases of premium lifestyle products that we sell and our ability to forecast consumer demand; changes in the competitive marketplace and in our commercial relationships; risks associated with our international operations, such as compliance with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act or violations of other anti-bribery and corruption laws prohibiting improper payments and the burdens of complying with a variety of foreign laws and regulations, including tax laws; our ability to continue to expand our business internationally; risks associated with changes in social, political, economic and other conditions affecting foreign operations or sourcing (including tariffs and trade controls, raw materials prices and labor costs); changes in our effective tax rates or credit profile and ratings within the financial community; changes in our relationships with department store customers and licensing partners; the potential impact on our operations and on our customers resulting from natural or man-made disasters; and other risk factors identified in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K, Form 10-Q and Form 8-K reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
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