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Fruit of the Loom names WKU grad new chairman, CEO

Melissa Burgess-Taylor
Melissa Burgess-Taylor

Company headquartered in Bowling Green

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (Dec. 2, 2016) — Fruit of the Loom, Inc.which has its headquarters in Bowling Green, today named Melissa Burgess-Taylor chairman and chief executive officer. She replaces Rick Medlin, who recently passed away.

Burgess-Taylor is currently the senior vice president of Brand Management and Sales for Fruit of the Loom and Vanity Fair Brands. She has been with the company more than 17 years focusing on the interests of Fruit of the Loom employees and customers while delivering meaningful results.

“I am excited to have Melissa take on this important 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,” said Warren Buffett, Chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, which acquired Fruit of the Loom in 2001. “She understands the importance of building a great brand, and she’ll add tremendous value to Fruit of the Loom going forward.”

Burgess-Taylor has held various leadership roles within the organization. In her current role, she leads Marketing, Merchandising, Sales, Brand Communications and Creative Services for Fruit of the Loom, Vanity Fair, Lily of France, Vassarette and Curvation brands. Prior to joining Fruit of the Loom, she held roles with Hanes Brands and Mercantile Department Stores.

She received a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing with a minor in textiles and clothing from Western Kentucky University and currently resides in Bowling Green with her husband and two children.