By  on January 27, 2009

Phillips-Van Heusen Corp. has made a series of executive changes triggered by the creation of a global supply chain organization within the company.

Ellen Constantinides, president and chief operating officer of PVH’s dress shirt group for the past 13 years, was named chief operating officer, global supply chain, a new organization charged with reducing product development cycle times and improving efficiencies within PVH’s global sourcing operations.

In a related move, Marc Schneider was named president, dress furnishings, a new position overseeing the wholesale dress shirt and neckwear groups. Schneider was previously president of PVH’s Timberland sportswear division. Constantinides continues to report to Ken Duane, vice chairman, wholesale, and Schneider will now report to him.

Assuming oversight of the Timberland business is Cheryl Dapolito, who was named president of Izod and Timberland sportswear. She was previously president of Izod women’s and continues to report to Malcolm Robinson, group president, wholesale sportswear.

The new supply chain organization should make more efficient use of company-wide internal resources and reduce duplication of sourcing activities throughout PVH’s wholesale and retail divisions. “We believe the creation of the global supply chain organization will improve all aspects of our supply chain management, thereby increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of our operations and potentially reducing costs and improving profitability,” said Duane.

The moves are part of the restructuring announced last week by PVH that includes the elimination of 400 jobs, the closure of 175 retail stores and the shuttering of its domestic, machine-made necktie production, which will result in a $85 million pretax charge in the fourth quarter.

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