Manny Chirico, BS ’79, chairman and CEO of PVH, to speak at 2018 graduate diploma ceremony
Sharing his perspective on business and life as the Gabelli School’s 2018 graduate diploma ceremony speaker will be Manny Chirico, BS ’79, chairman and CEO of the global apparel company PVH Corp.
Chirico has been recognized by the Fordham University board of trustees for his distinguished career in business as well as his service and dedication to the school. He has returned to campus several times in the last two years to exchange ideas with students and alumni: He spoke with investor relations students in February 2017 and addressed more than 200 undergraduate and graduate students last fall.
Chirico’s career with PVH, formerly known as Phillips-Van Heusen, spans more than 20 years. He has been CEO since 2006 and became chairman the following year. He oversaw the company’s acquisition of Tommy Hilfiger and Warnaco, and he played a key role in the acquisition of Calvin Klein—all steps toward building PVH into one of the largest apparel companies in the world. Chirico has extensive expertise in both finance and operations, having previously served as the company’s president and COO and as its CFO. Before Chirico joined PVH, he was a partner at the global client-services firm EY, running its retail and apparel practice group.
A university trustee himself, Chirico is one of 10 noteworthy individuals who will receive an honorary degree from Fordham and participate in this year’s graduation activities. His honorary doctorate of humane letters will be conferred at the Gabelli School’s master’s-level diploma ceremony at 4 p.m. on May 22 in the Lombardi Field House on the Rose Hill campus.