By  on July 17, 2007

Michael Corvino, president of VF Corp.'s JanSport division, died in a car accident on Saturday near his home in Danville, Calif., the company said Monday.

Corvino, 46, a 15-year VF veteran, took over the JanSport backpack brand in 2004. Previously, he held several sales and merchandising positions with VF's Imagewear division in Nashville and in Tampa, Fla. Corvino had been vice president of sales and merchandising for VF Imagewear before he was named head of JanSport.

"Mike was a talented and passionate leader, and inspired everyone around him," Mackey McDonald, chairman and chief executive officer of VF, said in a statement. "Mike had an infectious smile and laugh, and was a dear friend to many at VF, and we will miss him more than words can convey."

Dave Gatto, president of VF's outdoor division, will assume responsibility of JanSport until a replacement is named.

Corvino was a Philadelphia native who attended the University of Maryland, where he became an accomplished linebacker on the football team.

He is survived by his wife, Joyce, and two daughters, Elizabeth and Alexandra.

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