Gildan Activewear Appoints CFO

Gildan Activewear Inc. appointed Rhodri J. Harries as executive vice-president, chief financial and administrative officer.

Harries, 51, has been the chief financial officer of Rio Tinto Alcan since 2014, where previously he held the position of chief commercial officer from 2009 to 2013. Harries joined Alcan in Montreal in 2004 as the vice president and corporate treasurer and remained with the company following its acquisition by Rio Tinto in 2007. Prior to joining Alcan, Harries spent 15 years in North America, Asia and Europe with General Motors, where he held successive positions of increasing responsibility in corporate finance, treasury and business development.

The effective date of Harries’ appointment has not yet been finalized while plans are developed to transition his responsibilities at Rio Tinto Alcan.

Harries succeeds Laurence G. Sellyn, who will continue with Gildan as required in order to support Harries’ integration into the Company and ensure an orderly transfer of responsibilities.

“We are extremely pleased that Rhodri is joining Gildan,” commented Glenn J. Chamandy, president and chief executive officer. “With his strong experience in finance, commercial and operations leadership roles in major global corporations, Rhodri will be an important addition to our executive team as we continue to implement the next stage of our growth strategies.”

Gildan's portfolio includes  company-owned brands, including the Gildan and Gold Toe brands and brand extensions, as well as the Anvil, Comfort Colors, Secret, Silks and Therapy Plus brands. The company also has the U.S. sock license for Under Armour, and licenses for Mossy Oak and New Balance brands.

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Gildan Activewear Appoints CFO

Gildan Activewear Inc. appointed James Kehoe as executive vice-president, chief financial and administrative officer. Kehoe succeeds Laurence G. Sellyn, who is retiring from this position which he has filled since 1999.

Kehoe, 52, has spent 25 years within the Kraft Foods organization in successive roles of increasing responsibility, both in Europe and North America. As such, Mr. Kehoe comes to Gildan with extensive experience in a sophisticated global consumer products environment with leading global consumer brands, vertical manufacturing operations and best practices for commodities purchasing. Prior to joining Gildan, Kehoe was Senior Vice-President, Operating Excellence, for Mondelēz International, the former snacking and confectionary division of Kraft Foods. Previously, Kehoe was Senior Vice-President, Corporate Finance of Kraft Foods Group where he led the financial structuring of the Company at the time of the spin-off from Mondelēz.

Kehoe's appointment will be effective January 1, 2015. Mr. Sellyn will continue with Gildan for a transitional period as required in order to support Kehoe's integration into the Company and ensure an orderly transfer of responsibilities.

Glenn J. Chamandy, President and CEO of Gildan said: “I would like to express my deep appreciation to Laurence who has been my friend and partner for over 15 years and has played a strategic leadership role in Gildan's development into a leading public company. At the same time I would like to welcome James and I look forward to our collaboration as we pursue the next exciting stage in Gildan's growth strategy.”

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Thomas J. Ryan

Thomas J. Ryan Senior Business Editor | SGB Media tryan@sgbonline.com | 917.375.4699

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