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Harmit Singh is executive vice president and chief financial officer of Levi Strauss & Co. He is responsible for managing the company’s information technology and financial functions globally, including financial planning and analysis, accounting and controls, tax, 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, Singh 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, Singh held various global leadership roles at Yum! Brand foods, the world’s largest restaurant company, (including CFO of Pizza Hut). Early in his career, Singh also worked at American Express India and Price Waterhouse in India.
Singh holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Shri Ram College of Commerce, Delhi University, and is a Chartered Accountant from India.
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.
McGinnis 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, McGinnis served as vice president of global communications for Dell. Before Dell, McGinnis held leadership positions at agencies, including AxiCom, US, which is part of the Y&R Brands, Fleishman-Hillard and Shandwick International.
McGinnis holds a Bachelor of Arts from Miami University and a Master’s of Public Administration from the University of Washington.
David Love is the executive vice president of global sourcing for Levi Strauss & Co. (LS&Co). In this position, Love is responsible for the development, sourcing and delivery of worldwide LS&Co. products from concept to our distribution centers. Love leads the company’s owned-and-operated production facilities and contracted production in more than 500 suppliers across 45 countries. Additionally, Love is responsible for the company’s worldwide Terms of Engagement and Environment, Health and Safety.
Love is a member of LS&Co.’s worldwide leadership team, an executive forum of the company’s senior-most management.
During his 32-year career with LS&Co., Love has been a key player in transforming the company’s global sourcing capability and driving operational excellence.
Seth Jaffe is Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Levi Strauss & Co.
Jaffe 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.
Jaffe 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., Jaffe 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.
Jaffe 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
Ellison 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, Ellison 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.
Ellison 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.
Ellison attended Stanford University in Palo Alto, California.
James Curleigh joined the company in July 2012 to serve as President of the Levi’s® brand. In this position, he is responsible for managing the strategic direction and execution of the brand. With his team, he is focused on building on the brand’s 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 the Levi’s® brand as well as a strong member of the company’s worldwide leadership team.
Curleigh has more than 20 years of experience building and expanding consumer brands around the globe. Prior to joining Levi Strauss & Co., Curleigh served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Keen Footwear, Inc., a footwear and accessory company. Before Keen, Curleigh was president and chief executive officer of Salomon Sports North America, an innovative performance sports company. He also established and led 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 holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from St. Mary’s University in Nova Scotia, Canada.
Lisa Collier is Executive Vice President and President, the global Dockers® Brand. In this position, she is responsible for managing the strategic direction, product development and marketing of the brand. She is also a member of the company’s worldwide leadership team, which sets the company’s global direction.
Collier has more than 25 years of experience in the apparel industry in a variety of roles, including general management. She joined Levi Strauss & Co. in 2003 and most recently served as senior vice president of product development, Global Supply Chain. Prior to that, she led merchandising, licensing and End to End Supply Chain for the Dockers® brand, served as the general manager for Levi’s® Australia & New Zealand, general manager for Levi’s® U.S. retail and worked in product development for the Levi’s® brand.
Before joining Levi Strauss & Co., Collier worked the Tarrant Apparel Group as the vice president of product development, planning & sourcing and held various positions at The Limited in merchandising and buying.
Collier attended the Art Institute of Pittsburgh.
As Executive Vice President and President for Asia Pacific, Roy Bagattini is responsible for the overall strategy for the region as well as the development and growth of the company throughout Asia, Africa and the Middle East. He also is a member of the company’s worldwide leadership team, an executive forum that sets the global corporate strategic direction.
Bagattini has an extensive track record of delivering business results in senior leadership roles across Asia, Europe and USA 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.
His combination of strategic and operational expertise, as well as his deep understanding of the emerging markets particularly in Asia and Africa, makes him a strong addition to the leadership team at Levi Strauss & Co. (LS&Co.)
Prior to joining LS&Co. in June 2013, Bagattini most recently held the position of senior vice president for Asia and Africa at Carlsberg, one of the world’s leading brewing and beverage companies.
Bagattini holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree.
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, Bergh 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 2015, he was named to the board of directors of HP Inc., the market-leading printing and personal systems company. Chip has previously served on the Board of Directors for VF Corporation and the Economic Development Board of Singapore.
Troy Alstead, a director since April 2012, is Chief Operating Officer for Starbucks Corporation (on sabbatical leave), a role he assumed as of February 2014. Mr. Alstead was most recently Group President and Chief Financial Officer from September 2013 until his promotion to his current role. From November 2008 to September 2013, Mr. Alstead was Chief Financial Officer and Chief Administrative Officer of Starbucks. He joined Starbucks in 1992, previously serving as Chief Operating Officer, Starbucks Greater China from April 2008 to October 2008, Senior Vice President, Global Finance and Business Operations from August 2007 to April 2008, and Senior Vice President, Corporate Finance from September 2004 to August 2007. Mr. Alstead served in a number of other senior positions with Starbucks prior to 2004. Mr. Alstead brings to the board his broad financial and business perspective developed over many years in the global consumer goods industry.