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John is an accomplished executive who has established a 30-year record of outstanding achievement at LS&Co, a leading global apparel company with sales in more than 110 countries. He has extensive general management experience with the Levi's, Dockers and Signature by Levi Strauss & Co. brands' around the world and is a dynamic leader with wide-ranging expertise in merchandising, marketing and operations.
John joined LS&Co. in 1979. Prior to his promotion to COO in July 2006, John was president of the company's Asia Pacific Division (APD) and Global Sourcing Organization (GSO). During his nearly eight-year tenure as president of APD, net sales for the region more than doubled and the Levi's, Dockers and Signature by Levi Strauss & Co. brands' presence increased substantially throughout the region. As president of the GSO for two-and-a-half years, John and his team turned the company's sourcing operation into a competitive asset and continued to strengthen its responsible sourcing practices with suppliers around the world.
John began his career with the company as a product manager in Australia. Between 1988 and 1995, he served as a merchandiser -- first for the Levi's brand in Europe and then for menswear in the United States. He became vice president of merchandising and product development for the U.S. Levi's brand in 1995. He served as general manager of Levi Strauss Canada and as president of Levi Strauss Canada and Latin America from 1996 to 1998. John also was the interim president of Levi Strauss Europe from September 2003 to February 2004.
Prior to joining LS&Co., John held positions at Johnson & Johnson and the H.J. Heinz Company.