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Harmit Singh is executive vice president and chief financial officer of Levi Strauss & Co. Harmit is responsible for managing the company’s finance, information technology, strategic sourcing and global business services functions globally. This includes: financial planning and analysis; strategic planning and corporate development; accounting and controls; tax; enterprise risk management; treasury; internal audit; and investor relations.
Harmit is a seasoned, financial executive with almost 30 years of experience in driving growth for global consumer brands. Throughout his career, he has worked at companies that serve consumers in the hospitality, restaurant, travel and financial industries.
Prior to joining Levi Strauss & Co. in January 2013, Harmit served as chief financial officer of Hyatt Hotels Corporation, where he successfully established a global financial structure, took the company public, built a strong balance sheet, and drove growth by supporting capital deployment for acquisitions and investments.
Before Hyatt Hotels Corporation, Harmit held various global leadership roles at Yum! Brand foods, the world’s largest restaurant company, (including CFO of Pizza Hut U.S. and CFO of Yum restaurants International). Early in his career, Harmit also worked at American Express India and Price Waterhouse in India.
Harmit holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Shri Ram College of Commerce, Delhi University, and is a Chartered Accountant from India. He is also a proud member of the CNBC Global CFO Council and Wall Street Journal CFO Network. In October 2016, Harmit was named to the board of directors of Buffalo Wild Wings Inc., the owner, operator and franchisor of Buffalo Wild Wings(R) restaurants.
Kelly McGinnis is Senior Vice President and Chief Communications Officer, Levi Strauss & Co. (LS&Co.) She is responsible for shaping the company’s corporate affairs strategy and managing stakeholder relations. She oversees a global team that includes media relations, internal communications, government affairs, consumer relations, community relations, and the LS&Co. archives. She’s also a member of the company’s worldwide leadership team, which determines the global direction for LS&Co.
Kelly is a seasoned, communications leader with more than 20 years of experience. Throughout her career, she has led teams both in-house and at agencies on a variety of accounts in the consumer goods, apparel, technology and financial industries.
Prior to joining LS&Co. in August 2013, Kelly served as vice president of global communications for Dell. Before Dell, she held leadership positions at agencies, including AxiCom, US, which is part of the Y&R Brands, Fleishman-Hillard and Shandwick International.
Kelly holds a Bachelor of Arts from Miami University and a Master’s of Public Administration from the University of Washington.
David Love has been appointed the executive vice president and president of Levi Strauss Asia, Middle East and Africa (AMA). In this role he will be responsible for leading the company’s commercial operations, spanning all brands and channels, across the region. David is a member of LS&Co.’s worldwide leadership team.
David has served as the chief supply chain officer as well as the company’s chief transformation officer. He joined LS&Co. in 1982 as a manager of technical services working in our manufacturing facility in the United Kingdom. Since then, he’s held global positions throughout the supply chain, including production, product development, product services and sourcing. He has closely partnered with design and brand merchandising to encourage product innovation, increase speed to market and foster commitment to quality. During his extensive career with LS&Co., David has been a key player in transforming the company’s global sourcing capability and driving operational excellence.
Seth Jaffe is Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Levi Strauss & Co.
Seth returned to Levi Strauss & Co. in September 2011 and is responsible for leading the company’s global Legal Division and advising the Board of Directors, CEO and other senior executives on all legal, security, and governance matters. He is a member of the company’s worldwide leadership team, which sets the company’s global direction.
Seth is familiar with LS&Co., having spent the early part of his career in the legal department, following several years at a large law firm. Over the course of fifteen years, he held various legal counsel roles at LS&Co. with increasing responsibilities in the United States and Europe. During this time, he provided business and legal counsel as part of the management team that launched the Dockers® brand; built a legal department in Brussels; and managed legal affairs for 30 countries throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa as European General Counsel.
Immediately prior to joining LS&Co., Seth served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Williams-Sonoma, Inc. for nine years, following a stint at a Silicon Valley healthcare technology company.
Seth holds degrees with honors from The University of Michigan Law School and Brown University.
As Executive Vice President and President, Europe, Seth Ellison is responsible for the company’s overall business strategy and operations across all brands and channels in the region. In addition, he is a member of the company’s worldwide leadership team, which sets the company’s global direction
Seth joined the company in September 2012 to serve as president of the Dockers® brand. He has a passion for growing brands and a track record of success in large and small companies. He has more than 30 years of apparel experience – including president of the swimwear group at Perry Ellis, vice president general manager of EMEA Apparel and president of Hurley International at Nike Inc. Most recently, Seth was the chief commercial officer at Alternative Apparel where he successfully evolved a t-shirt blank supplier into a global wholesale brand sold in key US accounts, including Bloomingdales, Nordstrom, Macy’s, Dillard’s, Urban Outfitters and in 120 countries.
Seth also worked at Authentic Fitness Corp. as the director of menswear for Speedo and the president of the outerwear division, and served as the vice president of design and merchandising at Quicksilver, Inc.
Seth attended Stanford University in Palo Alto, California.
James ‘JC’ Curleigh joined the company in July 2012 and serves as the Executive Vice President and President of the Levi’s®, Dockers®, Signature by Levi Strauss & Co.™ and Denizen® brands. In this position, he is responsible for managing the strategic direction and execution of the company’s brands. With his team, he is focused on building on the brands’ strong heritage by identifying innovative ways to connect with consumers around the world.
Curleigh is passionate about building brands and leading exceptional teams, and he has translated this to a track record of consistently strong results throughout his career.
His unwavering commitment to creative design and craftsmanship makes him a strong leader for Levi Strauss & Co.’s brands brand as well as a strong member of the company’s worldwide leadership team.
Curleigh has more than 25 years of experience building and expanding consumer brands around the globe. Prior to joining Levi Strauss & Co., Curleigh served as the President and CEO of KEEN Footwear, Inc., a footwear and accessory company. Before KEEN, Curleigh was President and CEO of Salomon Sports North America, an innovative performance sports company. He also established and led the TaylorMade Adidas Golf Division in Europe and held various leadership positions in the London office of M&M Mars, a global consumer goods company.
Curleigh is a triple citizen of the USA, Canada, and the UK. He lives in San Francisco, California with his wife and 3 kids. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from St. Mary’s University in Nova Scotia, Canada and has attended both Harvard & Stanford for executive programs. He has always ‘Lived in Levi’s®!
As Executive Vice President and President for Levi Strauss Americas, Roy Bagattini is responsible for leading the company’s largest commercial operations, spanning all brands and channels across the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil and the balance of Latin America. He reports to president and CEO Chip Bergh and remains a member of the company’s worldwide leadership team, an executive forum that sets the global corporate strategic direction.
Roy has an extensive track record of delivering business results in senior leadership roles across the U.S., Middle East, Africa and Europe for consumer goods and beverage companies. In addition to leading numerous large scale merger and acquisition projects, he has also spearheaded the turn-around of several companies and successfully driven the growth and expansion of various businesses, particularly in emerging markets.
Roy previously served as executive vice president and president of LS&Co.’s Asia, Middle East and Africa operations. Under his leadership, the region has consistently delivered outsized growth, strengthened its customer relationships and attracted blue-chip talent.
Prior to joining LS&Co. in June 2013, Roy held the position of senior vice president for Asia and Africa at Carlsberg, one of the world’s leading brewing and beverage companies.
Roy holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree.
Liz O’Neill has been appointed senior vice president and chief supply chain officer for Levi Strauss & Co. (LS&Co.), responsible for the global development, sourcing and delivery of LS&Co. products shipped to over 100 countries. Through her work with global partners, Liz has built strategic partnerships to improve supply chain agility while supporting investment in environmental sustainability initiatives and LS&Co.’s Worker Well-being program. In this role, she will be also responsible for the company’s worldwide Terms of Engagement and Environment, Health and Safety. Liz will report to the president and CEO, Chip Bergh, and become a member of LS&Co.’s worldwide leadership team, which helps set the strategic direction for the company.
Prior to LS&Co, Liz spent 13 years at Gap, Inc., overseeing sourcing and production management for Gap’s global brands. Liz also worked for The Disney Store in Los Angeles and Abercrombie & Fitch in Ohio in sourcing and product management.
Liz earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English at Tulane University.
Carrie Ask joined the company in February 2016 as Executive Vice President and President, Global Retail. Responsible for leading all aspects of Levi Strauss & Co.’s global retail business, she oversees more than 2,800 retail stores, including franchised, company-operated mainline and outlet stores, and shop-in-shops dedicated to the Levi’s® and Dockers® brands. She works in close partnership with the global ecommerce team to grow a best in class, seamless direct-to-consumer retail business. Carrie is also a member of the company’s worldwide leadership team.
Carrie joined LS&Co from NIKE Inc., where she was the vice president and general manager for Nike Stores North America. Prior to overseeing Nike’s North America retail stores, she was the vice president and general manager for global retail at Converse, where her responsibilities included full price stores, factory stores, as well as converse.com. She also held retail leadership and merchandising positions at Petco, Target Corporation and BC Natural Foods, LLC.
Prior to working with these organizations, Carrie was an associate principal for McKinsey & Company, Inc. and worked with retail clients across North America and Western Europe.
Carrie served in the United States Navy as an officer in the Civil Engineer Corps and received her Bachelor of Science degree in Ocean Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy. She received her MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.
Chip Bergh is the president & chief executive officer of Levi Strauss & Co. (LS&Co.). He is also on the Company’s Board of Directors.
LS&Co. is one of the world’s leading apparel companies with sales of approximately $5 billion and business in more than 110 countries. The Company operates more than 2,800 retail stores and has more than 50,000 wholesale doors globally for its two main brands: Levi’s® and Dockers®.
Prior to joining Levi Strauss & Co. in September 2011, Chip had a 28-year career at Procter & Gamble (P&G). Chip “grew up” in brand management and served in a number of leadership positions with increasing levels of complexity and scope. His last assignment before joining LS&Co. was Group President, Global Male Grooming. He was the first P&G employee assigned to the Gillette business following P&G’s $57 billion acquisition of Gillette in 2005. He led the integration and then ran the Gillette Blades & Razors business along with all of P&G’s male grooming brands (Gillette, Old Spice and The Art of Shaving). Prior to that, Chip led all of P&G’s business in India, Southeast Asia and Australasia.
Chip has led many iconic brands during his career including the creation and launch of Swiffer (P&G’s most successful new brand in the last three decades), the turnaround and growth of Old Spice, in addition to Gillette, Folgers coffee and Jif Peanut Butter. He has lived and worked in the United States, Asia and Europe and has run large global businesses and brands.
In July 2017, Chip was named non-executive Chairman of the Board of HP Inc. (HPQ), the market-leading printing and personal systems company. He has served as lead independent director of the HP Board since March 2017 and as a board member since the Company’s separation in 2015. Chip has also previously served on the Board of Directors for VF Corporation and the Economic Development Board of Singapore.