VF Corporation announced Wednesday that VP and Group President Karl Heinz Salsburger will retire at the end of 2017.
Salzburger plans to maintain his current position through the first quarter of 2017, when he will transition to a special advisor to the CEO, ensuring a positive transition of responsibilities for the company’s international organization.
As of April 2017, Aidan O’Meara will take over the role of VP and group president, as well as serve on the company’s operating and executive committees where he will report to Steve Rendle, VF Corporation president and CEO.
“Karl Heinz’s achievements during his 19 years with VF speak to his extraordinary leadership skills and measurable success in building and growing VF’s international business, which today represents about 36 percent of VF’s total global sales,” said Rendle. “He has been a driving force behind our business expansion throughout Europe, the Middle East, Africa (EMEA) and the Asia-Pacific region. During his nine years as international leader, the business more than doubled in size.”
Rendle went on to praise Salzburger’s achievements during his tenure as VP, giving him credit for establishing international headquarters in Stabio, Switzerland in 2013, uniting hundreds of associates from all over the world and various ‘core operating practices.’
Salzburger’s replacement, O’Meara, joined the VF team in 1992, leading Wrangler brand business in Ireland, and worked his way to becoming VF’s president of jeanswear international business.
“VF’s bench of strong and proven leaders runs deep and enables us to manage succession in a thoughtful, planned and seamless way,” said Rendle. “I’m very confident that VF’s international business will continue to thrive and create even higher levels of success for our associates, shareholders, customers and consumers around the world.”