Wrangler and Lee Jeans owner Kontoor Brands has named Karen Smith as its
executive vice president of supply chain, effective May 1.
In her new role, Smith will be responsible for all aspects of supply
chain management including global operations, global manufacturing and
sourcing, product quality and stewardship, distribution and logistics and
master data governance.
She will also have responsibility for all components of the company’s
supply chain strategy, including trade-related functions and operations.
Smith currently serves as vice president of global supply chain
operations, a role she assumed after Kontoor’s 2019 spinoff from VF
Corporation. At VF she held a number of positions including vice president
of supply chain for jeanswear, sportswear and Timberland, and vice
president of global supply chain operations for Timberland.
Prior to VF, she spent nine years at Jockey International, most recently
as vice president of operations.
Smith succeeds Randy Fortenberry, who will retire at the end of April
after more than 30 years of serving VF and Kontoor’s supply chain
“Karen brings extensive experience across all aspects of responsible and
efficient supply chain management,” said Kontoor president and CEO Scott
Baxter in a statement. “More importantly, she’s a proven leader with a
talent for building and motivating teams along with a deep commitment to
Kontoor’s culture. She’s a perfect fit for this critical role.”