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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. He is also a proud member of the CNBC Global CFO Council and Wall Street Journal CFO Network.
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.
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.
Bagattini 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.
Bagattini 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, Bagattini 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.
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. Ask is also a member of the company’s worldwide leadership team.
Ask 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, Ask was an associate principal for McKinsey & Company, Inc. and worked with retail clients across North America and Western Europe.
Ask 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, 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 has been a director since 2012. He is founder of Harbor O5, developing a new consumer-facing concept to open in 2017, and founder of the Ocean5 Foundation, focused on raising awareness and funding for the sustainability of the world’s oceans and seas. In February 2016 he retired from Starbucks Corporation after 24 years with the company, having most recently served as Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Alstead previously held the positions of Group President, Chief Financial Officer, and Chief Administrative Officer of Starbucks. He joined Starbucks in 1992 and over the years served in a number of operational, general management, and finance roles. Mr. Alstead spent a decade in Starbucks international business, including roles as Senior Leader of Starbucks International, President Europe/Middle East/Africa headquartered in Amsterdam, and Chief Operating Officer of Starbucks Greater China headquartered in Shanghai. Mr. Alstead brings to the board his broad financial and business perspective developed over many years in the global consumer goods industry.