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Tapestry hires new COO from VF Corporation

Tapestry, the New York-based parent company of fashion brands such as Kate Spade, Stuart Weitzman and Coach, has appointed Thomas A. Glaser as its new COO effective July 15, 2019.

Glaser will have responsibility across the end-to-end supply chain and the information technology backbone for Tapestry and its brands with functional oversight including product development and manufacturing resources, distribution, logistics, replenishment, ecommerce fulfillment and IT. He will also report directly to the company’s CEO, Victor Luis.

Glaser joins Tapestry from VF Corporation, where he most recently held the position of VP, VF Corporation and president supply chain, responsible for the oversight of all of the company’s global manufacturing, sourcing and operations.

He joined VF in 2001 as managing director for VF Asia sourcing in Hong Kong, where he played a “key role” in further diversifying and expanding VF’s global sourcing network in support of the company’s growing portfolio of brands. In 2006, Glaser was named president, supply chain, Europe/Asia, and in 2010, he was promoted to VP of its global operations, a role that he held until being appointed to his most recent position in January 2012.

Luis said: “Tom’s leadership and outstanding operational track record at global multi-brand fashion companies make him an excellent addition to the Tapestry leadership team. He is very well regarded for his strategic focus, team leadership, strong analytical and technical skills and exceptional business acumen.

“His experience in managing and transforming complex supply chains to deal with the endless innovation required by successful consumer franchises make him uniquely qualified to build upon the foundation that we’ve already created at Tapestry and I am looking forward to partnering closely with him in support of all our brands. Tom’s operational stewardship will be invaluable as we execute our long- term strategic plan.”

Glaser added: “Tapestry is an exceptional company with brands I’ve long admired, a history of authenticity and craftsmanship and a culture based on values that truly resonate with me. I look forward to contributing to its continued operational excellence and partnering with the entire team.”

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