Tommy Hilfiger Corporation today announced a series of actions to reposition and streamline its U.S. wholesale business to improve its performance and profitability.
David F. Dyer, President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, “We have made a commitment to turn around the performance of our U.S. wholesale business, and we are moving forward aggressively to take the necessary steps to achieve that objective. Key to this effort is assuring we have the right operating structure in place, so that we are delivering the right product for our customers and consumers as efficiently as possible. An important first step was appointing Lynn Shanahan as Group President of U.S. Wholesale with responsibility for sales, merchandising, marketing, design, production and other support functions. Today, we are building on this initial step by assuring that our division presidents have the dedicated resources they need to improve performance, while increasing accountability for delivering results.”
“We regret that the actions announced today will result in the elimination of positions for some of our associates. However, we believe these steps are necessary to better align our U.S. wholesale operating costs with the current volume of the business. We will be providing severance and other assistance to help ease the transition for those individuals affected,” Mr. Dyer said.
“Overall, we are confident that the changes announced today put us in a stronger position for the future, while enabling us to continue to invest in key growth opportunities, including Tommy Hilfiger Europe, our U.S. retail store operations, e-commerce and our new Karl Lagerfeld business,” concluded Mr. Dyer.
The Company plans to announce its results for the third quarter of fiscal 2005, the period ended December 31, 2004, on February 2, 2005. At that time, the Company will provide further detail on the U.S. wholesale special charge and other special charges expected to be recorded in fiscal 2005. The Company also expects to provide its initial outlook for fiscal 2006.
Tommy Hilfiger Corporation, through its subsidiaries, designs, sources and markets men's and women's sportswear, jeanswear and childrenswear under the Tommy Hilfiger trademarks. Through a range of strategic licensing agreements, the Company also offers a broad array of related apparel, accessories, footwear, fragrance and home furnishings. The Company's products can be found in leading department and specialty stores throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Mexico, Central and South America, Japan, Hong Kong, Australia and other countries in the Far East, as well as the Company's own network of specialty and outlet stores in the United States, Canada and Europe.
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