Edward C. Emma
President and Chief Operating Officer
Jockey International, Inc.
Topic: "Embracing Change in the New Global Economy"
Date: November 18, 2003
Edward Emma was promoted to President and Chief Operating Officer of Jockey International, Inc. in May 1995. In this role, his goal has been to position his company's strong consumer brand franchise as the preeminent underwear brand in the world. Ed joined Jockey in 1991 as the Director of Menswear and Retail Operations and was later promoted to Senior Vice President of Retail Operations where he oversaw the dramatic growth of Jockey's retail store operation. In 1994, he was named to the Board of Directors.
Prior to joining Jockey, he spent 13 years in retail business working for several of the industry's premier department store groups. He began his career at Filene's in Boston where he became the Buyer of Men's Personal Furnishings. Following Filene's, Ed's career took him to Jordan March when after achieving the rank of Store Manager, he accepted an offer from G. Fox in Hartford, Connecticut, to become the Divisional Merchandise Manager of Men's Furnishings. Several years late, Mr. Emma returned to Jordan March to become the Vice President Divisional Merchandise Manager of Men's Sportswear and Young Men's.
Ed is a member of the Board of Directors for the American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA) having acted as Secretary and Treasurer, currently serving as Vice Chairman, and in line to be appointed Chairman in 2004. He is involved in a number of local organizations including: The Kenosha Hospital & Medical Center Board of Directors, Interlochen Music Camp as a member of the Corporate Council, The Veritas Society (Wisconsin Right to Life) as Racine/Kenosha Trustee, Western Reserve Academy Board of Visitors, Young Life Ministries Board of Directors in Lake Geneva, and also participates in the KABA Mentor Program for local grade schools. Ed is a member of Calvary Church in Williams Bay, Wisconsin.
Mr. Emma is a cum laude graduate of Harvard University. He and his Wife, Penny, have been married for 21 years and have three children: Arthur, 14; Alex,13; and Amanda,12. Ed resides in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.