Concordia College New York students spent time this morning with retail powerhouse Emanuel “Manny” Chirico, Chairman and CEO of PVH Corp., owner of an iconic family of brands including CALVIN KLEIN, TOMMY HILFIGER, Van Heusen, Speedo, Warner’s and IZOD. Under his leadership, PVH has become one of the world’s largest global apparel companies with nearly $9 billion in annual revenues and 36,000 associates operating in over 40 countries.
At today’s Business Breakfast – a popular Concordia College speaker series that brings business people from all sectors and industries to campus – Chirico explained how in growing PVH to be an industry leader he’s kept corporate responsibility and philanthropy as central pillars, with an overarching goal of making positive impacts by empowering people, preserving the environment and engaging communities.
Chirico spoke about the importance of integrity (even when it costs), practicing inclusion to drive diversity, and the growing consensus among young job seekers that a company’s core values and positive impact are key factors in their career choices.
Concordia’s School of Business programs place a strong emphasis on ethical principles, and the business students were interested to hear how that plays out in a competitive global business setting. Q & A after the presentation covered the practical – What do you look for in a company when making an acquisition? – to the personal: How do you stay sane and deal with the pressure? Chirico had great advice for the latter: don’t be defined by your job and position, lean into your faith and family, and disconnect from your phone once in a while!