Unifi appoints two, promotes one as EVPs

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Global leader of innovative and sustainable textile fiber solutions Unifi Inc. has appointed Richard E. Gerstein as executive vice president of global branded Premium Value Added products and chief marketing officer and John Vegas as executive vice president and global chief human resources officer, effective Aug. 14 and 21, respectively.

“Together Richard and John bring more than 50 years of strategic experience to the team,” said Unifi's Chief Executive Officer Kevin Hall. “We look forward to the insight they’ll provide as we continue to expand globally.”

Gerstein brings to Unifi 30 years of P&L and marketing expertise. He has served in executive roles for global companies including Procter & Gamble, Alberto Culver, Hewlett Packard and Sears Holdings. Gerstein also sits on the advisory board of Motista and served on the board of Lands’ End.

Vegas has more than 20 years of global business experience, with his career encompassing multifunctional roles in human resources, general management, sales and retail operations for three Fortune 1000 companies. He serves on the Board of Trustees for The Nature Conservancy of Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota.

"Richard and John are excellent additions to our executive leadership team,” said Unifi Chairman James Mead. “Their experience will be invaluable as we continue to execute our strategic growth plan."

Along with these additions, Unifi has promoted Mark McNeill to executive vice president, global innovation.

The Unifi sales organization will continue to be led by Jay Hertwig on the global PVA business and Allen Smith on the regional polyester, nylon and dye operations.

The company is proceeding with its search for a CFO to round out the executive leadership team and expects to announce that appointment shortly.

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