By  on April 19, 2012

“He’s the heart and soul of the heritage business,” said Emanuel Chirico, chairman and chief executive officer of PVH Corp. of the retiring Allen Sirkin. “We call him ‘the king of dress shirts.’”

The two executives have known and worked together for a quarter century, first meeting when Chirico was with Ernst & Young as PVH’s outside auditor. “I knew him for about five years before I joined the company. I was the outside consultant, and Allen was running the entirety of the wholesale group as vice chairman,” recalled Chirico.

In 1993, Chirico joined PVH as controller and in 1999 was promoted to chief financial officer, again working closely with Sirkin under then-chairman and ceo Bruce Klatsky. Chirico and Sirkin were both on the operating committee of the company then. “We had a lot of interplay right from the beginning. We were constantly working together on the positioning of the company,” said Chirico.


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