Mackey J. McDonald, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of VF Corporation, a global leader in branded lifestyle apparel, today announced that Eric C. Wiseman has been appointed President and Chief Operating Officer and will assume responsibility for the Company's day-to-day operations. Wiseman, 50, who previously served as Executive Vice President, Global Brands, will continue to report to McDonald, who continues as Chairman and CEO.
“Eric has played a key role in VF's overall transformation to a more dynamic, lifestyle brand company. He has provided great leadership in driving growth and shared capabilities across our coalitions and brands. His appointment to President and COO acknowledges these contributions, as well as his ability to lead our brands and operations into the future,” McDonald said.
As Chairman and CEO, McDonald, 59, will continue to focus on VF's strategic direction, the evolution and accomplishment of the long-term growth plan, and the business portfolio. As President and COO, Wiseman will continue to have responsibility for VF's Jeanswear, Intimates, Outdoor and Sportswear Coalitions, and for Customer Management. George Derhofer, Senior Vice President, Global Operations, will now report to Wiseman. Derhofer will continue to have responsibility for Supply Chain, IT/IS, the VF Imagewear Coalition and VF Outlets.
Wiseman has 28 years of experience in the apparel industry. He joined VF in 1995 as Executive Vice President of JanSport and has held a progression of leadership roles within and across VF's coalitions. With the acquisition of Bestform Intimates in 1998, Wiseman became President of Bestform Intimates. In 2000, he was appointed Vice President and Chairman of the Global Intimate Apparel coalition. In 2003, he was appointed Vice President and Chairman of VF's newly formed Sportswear Coalition, and in 2004 was named Vice President and Chairman of VF's Outdoor and Sportswear Coalitions. He became Executive Vice President, Global Brands for VF Corporation in May 2005.
Wiseman holds a B.S. degree in business and an M.B.A. from Wake Forest University.