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Cherian to run VF's Performance Apparel Innovation Centers
Sep '14
Dan Cherian, who earlier worked at Nike as General Manager of Nike’s Sustainable Business Lab, has joined apparel marketer VF Corp as Vice President (Global Innovation, Performance Apparel and Footwear).

In this newly created role, Dan Cherian will oversee VF’s global performance apparel and footwear Innovation Centers, where it focuses on developing game-changing advancements in apparel, footwear and accessories for its 30-plus brands.

At VF, Cherian will set global innovation strategies, shape and manage the global product innovation portfolio, and lead all supporting activities taking place at VF’s Performance Apparel Innovation Center in Alameda, Calif., and Footwear Innovation Center in Stratham, N.H.

VF introduced its Innovation Center strategy in 2013 and began to elevate innovation initiatives with existing teams to support key projects. VF’s third Innovation Center is dedicated to jeanswear and is located near its world headquarters in Greensboro, N.C.

Under Cherian’s leadership, VF Corp will assemble teams of chemists, scientists, engineers and designers for the Innovation Centers, who will combine their expertise in technology and new materials with VF’s proprietary insights and deep understanding of consumer needs.

“The knowledge acquired throughout VF’s three Centers, and the innovations that result, intend to enable VF to drive greater brand equity and value, and achieve long-term growth for its portfolio of consumer-centered lifestyle brands”, VF said.

“Our goal is to shape the future of apparel and footwear as VF has emphasized the importance of product innovation as a key growth driver for our company,” said Steve Rendle, VF Senior Vice President, Americas.

“Adding Dan to our team to lead our performance apparel and footwear initiatives further demonstrates our commitment to creating breakthrough, must-have products for consumers”, he added.

Cherian joins VF from NIKE, Inc. where he was general manager of Nike’s Sustainable Business Lab, a business development and strategic partnership function. He has also worked for Pfizer Inc. and the Boston Consulting Group.

VF Corp has a highly diversified portfolio of 30 powerful brands like The North Face, Vans, Timberland, Wrangler, Lee, Nautica, etc. (AR)

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