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The Warnaco Group Tweaks Ranks

A new organizational structure focuses more on growing its Calvin Klein businesses.

NEW YORK — The Warnaco Group Inc. has a new organizational structure, one that focuses more on growing its Calvin Klein businesses.

The new structure includes the hiring of Karyn Hillman as chief merchandising officer for Calvin Klein Jeans and Calvin Klein Jeans Accessories, and the promotion of Mark Whyman to chief commercial officer for all channels of Warnaco’s Calvin Klein businesses globally. Both are new positions and will be based here. Each reports to Helen McCluskey, president and chief executive officer of Warnaco.

Hillman joins April 2 and previously was senior vice president at Gap Inc., overseeing merchandising for Gap women’s, men’s, accessories and GapBody. Whyman was managing director of the Warnaco Asia-Pacific region. Other members at the top of the organization chart include Martha Olsen, president of intimate apparel and swimwear, and Frank Tworecke, president of the sportswear group.

According to McCluskey, “As we look at our growth going forward as a company and within Calvin Klein in direct to consumer and internationally…we needed a specialty retailer to oversee product development and the consumer relationship, one who understands the rhythm of retail.”

Having that experience will “make us a better wholesaler and help us be closer to market,” the ceo added.

Calvin Klein Jeans and Calvin Klein Intimates together comprise 75 percent of Warnaco’s business.

According to McCluskey, the company is centralizing its product design and merchandising out of the New York office, in part a result of the transition out of the European Calvin Klein bridge line business. She noted that the model is the same one that has been used for years for the Calvin Klein Underwear business.

As for the international business, Whyman will be working with the different regions with an eye toward driving revenue opportunities for all Calvin Klein businesses, whether at the wholesale or retail levels. Each region — Hong Kong for Asia, Mexico for Latin America, London for Europe and New York for North America — has its own managing director, each of whom now reports to Whyman.