PVH Corp. announced Julie Fuller, Nike’s vice president of global talent and organizational effectiveness, will join the company next month and assume the role of chief human resources officer on January 1, 2021. Dave Kozel will transition out of his role as EVP, chief human resources officer, at the end of the year and serve in an advisory capacity through 2021.
“As we continue to accelerate our efforts to win with the consumer and drive fashion-forward for good, we must continue the evolution of our HR strategy to support our brands and the strategic direction of PVH,” said Stefan Larsson, president. “Ensuring we continue to foster our people-first culture that Dave helped implement, where all associates can advance their unique strengths, do their best work and make a meaningful impact, will be key to our ongoing success.”
He added, “Julie brings extensive experience in establishing and nurturing talented high-performing teams for large multinational companies. Her expertise in HR, talent and leadership development, organizational effectiveness, and associate engagement, as well as her experience in championing inclusion and diversity, will be incredible assets to PVH.”
In addition to six years at Nike, where she also led HR for North America, Fuller held key HR leadership positions at both Avon and PepsiCo.
“I am thrilled to join PVH, a company grounded in some of the world’s most iconic brands and with so many exciting opportunities ahead. Its people-first culture is an important part of its foundation, and I feel honored to be part of the team that will take PVH forward,” said Fuller.
Kozel will retire from PVH at the end of 2021 after more than 18 years, overseeing the workforce transition as the company grew from 9,000 North American associates to almost 40,000 global associates and into its position as one of the world’s largest apparel companies. He joined in 2003 immediately after the acquisition of Calvin Klein, leading the HR integration, and he was an integral part of the later acquisitions of Tommy Hilfiger and Warnaco. Kozel, as leader of The PVH Foundation, also oversaw the launch of the Associate Relief Fund that provides financial grants to associates in immediate need and the recent Be BRAVE global giving campaign to support the fight against racial injustice.
“As our company has grown both organically and through major acquisitions, Dave has helped integrate a diverse portfolio of brands and their teams into one global organization,” said Chairman and CEO Manny Chirico. “He has built a best-in-class HR function from the ground up, embracing new opportunities to support PVH’s evolution, while always ensuring that HR is aligned with the business to drive our strategic priorities and uphold our values.”
Photo courtesy PVH/Julie Fuller