Melissa Burgess-Taylor (’96) named Chairman and CEO of Fruit of the Loom
Fruit of the Loom, a Berkshire Hathaway Company, announced last week that WKU alumna Melissa Burgess-Taylor (’96) will serve as the organization’s new Chairman and CEO.
Burgess-Taylor received a Bachelor of Science in Marketing with minor in Textiles and Apparel Merchandising from WKU’s Gordon Ford College of Business. With a total of 17 years at Fruit of the Loom, she most recently served as Senior Vice President of Brand Management and Sales for Fruit of the Loom and Vanity Brands.
In a statement, Berkshire Hathaway Chairman and CEO Warren Buffett said, “I am excited to have Melissa take on this role as CEO. Already an accomplished Fruit of the Loom leader, she is passionate, smart and cares deeply about Fruit of the Loom customers and employees. She understands the importance of building a great brand, and she’ll add tremendous value to Fruit of the Loom going forward.”
Burgess-Taylor’s appointment came following the unexpected passing of Chairman and CEO Rick Medlin in late November. “I’ve been fortunate to be a member of the Fruit of the Loom family and this great company for many years,” Burgess-Taylor said in a statement. “We have succeeded due to our people, our strong brands and the powerful relationships we have with our customers. I am grateful for Mr. Medlin’s strong leadership and mentorship, and I am committed to continuing to move us forward.”
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