Francis K. “Ken” Duane
Ken Duane has held senior executive positions in leading European and United States apparel firms. Ken held sales positions of increasingly higher responsibility culminating in his promotion to Vice President of Sales. Going back a few years, Ken was recruited by Nautica International, a new entry into the men’s apparel segment, as Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing in 1990. As a member of the corporate executive team, he was instrumental in Nautica’s growth from $40 million in annual sales to $285 million in six years. In 1996 Ken moved to Guess Jeans to become President of Worldwide Corporate Sales and Marketing. While in that position, he participated in guiding the $1.3 billion company toward a successful initial public stock offering in 1996.
In 1998, Ken was recruited by Phillips-Van Heusen Corporation as President of its IZOD Division, a premier brand of sports-inspired apparel. Under Ken’s leadership, IZOD was repositioned to appeal to a broader consumer segment, added a number of new product lines, and increased the number of licensing partners. The outstanding sales and profit results generated by IZOD led to Ken’s promotion to Vice Chairman of Phillips-Van Heusen Corporation, overseeing its Sportswear Group, a business unit encompassing the IZOD, Van Heusen, Calvin Klein, Arrow, Geoffrey Beene and Sportswear Private Brands divisions.
Ken’s philanthropic involvements, including working with youth, led to his serving as a coach in the Darien Youth Hockey and the New Canaan Youth Lacrosse programs, and his membership on the New Canaan Winter Club’s Hockey Committee. Ken also serves on the board of the Connecticut Yankee’s AAA Hockey organization which improves educational opportunities for select youth through the game of hockey. He has also contributed to fundraising activities supporting the New Canaan public school system, and currently serves on the Fundraising Committee of the New Canaan YMCA.
During Ken’s tenure on the board of directors of Merton House, a Connecticut social service agency that provides shelter and food for the needy, he participated in managing the strategic planning and budgeting functions. He is a member of the board of advisors of “Give Kids the World,” a non profit organization in Orlando, Florida that works with children diagnosed with life threatening illnesses and offers them and their families a chance to visit central Florida. Ken is President of the “Young Men’s Apparel Association”, a non-profit mentoring association whose mission is to raise funds and provide scholarships for students at colleges and universities that support the industry’s next generation of leaders. He is a member of the board of trustees of the Healthcare Chaplaincy, a New York City organization that provides non-denominational pastoral care to patients and their families served by New York area hospitals. A 1981 B.S. Finance/Marketing graduate of Merrimack College, Ken is a member of both its Saint Augustine Society and Wall Street Board of Advisors.