Levi Strauss & Co. names Michelle Gass as President & CEO

The current President & CEO, Chip Bergh, is set to retire April 2024

by Team PITCH
Published - December 08, 2023
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Levi Strauss & Co. names Michelle Gass as President & CEO

Levi Strauss & Co. has announced that Chip Bergh has decided to retire from the company as of April 26, 2024.

In anticipation of Bergh’s retirement, the company’s board of directors has elected Michelle Gass, currently the company’s president, to succeed Bergh as president and chief executive officer, effective January 29, 2024, completing the transition plan announced on November 8, 2022.

In addition, the board has elected Bergh as executive vice chair of the board until his retirement date. Thereafter, Bergh will transition to the role of senior advisor until the end of the company’s 2024 fiscal year.

“We would like to thank Chip for his inspirational leadership and unwavering commitment to the company over the last 12-plus years,” said Bob Eckert, chairman of the LS&Co. Board of Directors. “Chip has transformed this company and will leave it far better than when he arrived. I know we will continue to benefit from Chip’s strategic perspective as he continues to serve on the company’s board.”

“It has been an incredible privilege to lead this great company as CEO for the last 12 years. I want to especially thank my team, the board of directors and the family shareholders for all their support through the years,” Bergh said. “The Levi’s® brand is the strongest it has ever been, and as we pivot to become more of an omni-channel, direct-to-consumer retailer, it is time for new leadership. While I’ve known Michelle for more than a decade, my time working closely with her this past year has given me great confidence that her experience, track record of innovation and impact, and passion for the business will position the company for sustainable, profitable growth and significant shareholder and stakeholder value creation.”
Eckert added, “We are thrilled to have Michelle become LS&Co.’s next CEO. This was a well-executed transition that required great humility and teamwork between Chip and Michelle, and it couldn’t have gone better. Over the last year, we have seen the significant impact Michelle has had on sharpening the

Levi’s® brand vision as a ‘denim lifestyle’ leader while also positioning it to respond to fast-changing consumer needs and expectations across global markets. We’re confident that Michelle’s extensive retail and omni-channel experience will position LS&Co. to thrive in its next phase of growth.”

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