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In the Nation's Interest

2018 Awards Dinner Spotlight: Emanuel “Manny” Chirico

by CED May 21, 2018

Emanuel "Manny" Chirico is the Chairman and CEO of PVH Corp. You can view his bio here. He is the recipient of CED's Leadership Award.

Has your company spearheaded a particular philanthropic or societal initiative that you would like to share?

PVH believes in creating an inclusive environment where every individual is valued. It’s not only the right thing to do, it also makes business sense. We’ve launched various Business Resource Groups, including groups supporting women, LGBTQ associates and working parents, as well as one oriented toward African American associates. PVH proudly participates in Pride Marches globally, including in New York, where we are a Platinum Level Sponsor. Earlier this year, I also joined the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion. By signing onto this important commitment, PVH is pledging to take action to cultivate a workplace where diverse perspectives and experiences are welcomed and respected and where associates feel encouraged to have open and honest dialogue. 

What has been the best career advice that you’ve received?

One of the people who had the biggest influence on my career was Bruce Klatsky, the former CEO of PVH. I started my career in finance and always thought of myself as a “financial guy.” Bruce opened my eyes to the idea that I could be more. He pushed me and encouraged me to not limit myself, which is some of the best advice I’ve ever received. He would ask me, “Why are you thinking of yourself just as the Chief Financial Officer?” If you have a desire to learn and understand the business, the opportunities are endless. That advice has stuck with me.

Which aspect of your company’s culture has made the biggest contribution to its success?

I strongly believe that as a Company, we need to measure our success by more than just our financial results – we also need to have a positive impact on the communities where we operate, live and sell goods. The importance of giving back has been a guiding force in my career and is part of PVH’s DNA. Through philanthropic campaigns and initiatives, we focus on supporting the needs of women and children around the world by creating safe spaces, improving access to education and enhancing quality of life. It’s good for our business, it’s the right thing to do and our associates can feel proud to work for a Company where creating positive change is embedded in the culture.