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November 25th

Milano - Via Röntgen, 1
Aula Magna - Università Bocconi

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CEO, VF International

Karl Heinz Salzburger was born on March 13th 1957 in Bolzano and is married with two teenage children aged 18 and 13. He graduated from the University of Verona in 1981 and two years later obtained a Masters in International Marketing at CUOA in Vicenza. He fluently speaks German, English and French. He began his professional career at ACCUMULATORI ALTO ADIGE in Bolzano, firstly as Assistant to the Export Manager and then in 1984 as Export Manager. Two years later he moved to Linz in Austria for SALVAGNINI TRANSFERICA Spa, as Assistant to the President / General Manager, and subsequently, in September of the same year, as General Manager. From 1990 to 1997 he worked for BENETTON SPORTSYSTEM Spa in Treviso. In this period he initially held the position of VP Skiboot Business Line and subsequently as General Manager Sales and Marketing for the Nordica Group. In 1995 he became responsible for the Benetton Sportsystem subsidiaries. In 1997 he was appointed CEO of THE NORTH FACE Europe and two years later was then appointed CEO of The North Face Inc. in San Francisco, where he remained until the end of 2000. In May 2000, The North Face was acquired by VF Corporation, leader in the apparel segment which includes jeanswear, sportswear, outdoor and workwear. Main brands include Lee®, Wrangler®, Riders®, Rustler®, Nautica®, Jansport®, Eastpak®, The North Face®, Vans®, Napapijri®, Kipling®, Lucy®, 7 For All Mankind® and Red Kap®. VF Corporation is present in 150 countries with 44,500 employees worldwide, and a sales turnover in 2007 of $7 billion. Karl Heinz is nominated President for the International Outdoor Coalition which initially included The North Face®, Eastpak® e Jansport® and in only four years, with the addition of Napapijri®, Reef®, Vans® and Kipling® grew to a total of seven brands. From September 2006, he was appointed President of VF International, which includes the responsibility for all VF brands in Europe, Middle East and Asia. In 2007, the 7 For All Mankind brand was also added.