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7th August 2017, Greensboro, NC

Team additions and promotions at Unifi

Unifi booth at Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics 2016. © Knitting IndustryA leader of innovative and sustainable textile fibre solutions Unifi has announced the appointments of Richard E. Gerstein as Executive Vice President, global branded Premium Value Added (PVA) products and Chief Marketing Officer, and John Vegas as Executive Vice President, Global Chief Human Resources Officer, starting 14 and 21 August, respectively.

“Together Richard and John bring over 50 years of strategic experience to the team. We look forward to the insight they’ll provide as we continue to expand globally,” commented Unifi's Chief Executive Officer Kevin Hall.

Richard E. Gerstein

Gerstein brings to Unifi 30 years of P&L and marketing expertise, and an ability to attract and build strong teams. He has served in executive roles for global companies including Procter & Gamble, Alberto Culver, Hewlett Packard, and Sears Holdings. Gerstein also sits on the advisory board of Motista, and served on the board of Lands’ End.

"Richard brings leadership experience in the US and internationally as both a manufacturer and retailer,” said Hall. “He has a diverse skill base across strategic planning, marketing, digital, and partnership development, as well as valuable expertise driving growth in consumer products, technology, e-commerce, and retail.”

John Vegas

Vegas has over 20 years of global business experience, with his career encompassing multifunctional roles in human resources, general management, sales and retail operations for three Fortune 1000 companies. He is a skilled strategist who proactively builds and organizes teams to solve problems and accelerate business growth. Vegas serves on the Board of Trustees for The Nature Conservancy of Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota.

"John has a strong track record of value creation through innovation, P&L management, and organizational development, as well as a diverse skill set across HR, sustainability and retail management,” said Hall. “We are excited by his ability to recruit and retain top talent, while also building scalable talent platforms in complex labor markets.”

“Richard and John are excellent additions to our executive leadership team. Their experience will be invaluable as we continue to execute our strategic growth plan,” said Unifi Chairman James Mead.

Promotions

Concurrent with these additions, Unifi announced the promotion of Mark McNeill to Executive Vice President, global innovation. “This promotion reflects Mark’s outstanding contributions and leadership in technology and innovation efforts at Unifi for the past 20 years.  Mark will also continue to lead the expansion efforts of our Asia business unit as he has done so successfully over the past two years,” commented Hall.

The Unifi sales organisation will continue to be led by Jay Hertwig on the global PVA business, and Allen Smith on the regional polyester, nylon, and dye operations. The company says it is proceeding with its search for a CFO to round out the executive leadership team and expects to announce that appointment shortly.

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