BOWLING GREEN, Ky.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Rick Medlin, President and CEO of Fruit of the Loom, Inc., passed away of natural causes on November 27, 2016. The entire Fruit of the Loom, Inc. team worldwide, with nearly 30,000 employees, is incredibly saddened by the loss of their sincere and principled leader.
“Rick was a special leader and a special person. He was extremely proud of the progress and success we have shared in the last 6 years,” said the Fruit of the Loom leadership team. “We owe it to his legacy and honor to continue taking this company forward in accordance with his vision. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Medlin family at this time of loss.”
The company will name an interim CEO in the coming days who will continue to lead the organization with the same core values and integrity established by Mr. Medlin.
The company will share updates as they are available.
About Rick Medlin
Rick Medlin was named President and CEO of Fruit of the Loom, Inc. in August 2010. Prior to becoming CEO, Mr. Medlin had served in other roles at the company, including Executive Vice President of Operations, Senior Vice President of Manufacturing and Vice President of Textile Manufacturing. Before joining Fruit of the Loom, Inc., Mr. Medlin held a variety of positions at NRB Industries, Inc. and Milliken & Company.
Mr. Medlin, a South Carolina native, attended Clemson University on a football scholarship. He earned a Bachelor of Science and Master's Degree in Education.
About Fruit of the Loom, Inc.
Fruit of the Loom, Inc., a Berkshire Hathaway company, is a global pioneer in the design, manufacture and marketing of family apparel, intimates, and athletic apparel and equipment. With a heritage of more than 150 years, its diverse portfolio of more than 20 iconic brands includes Fruit of the Loom®, Russell Athletic®, Spalding®, JERZEES® and Vanity Fair®. The company is an industry leader in social and environmental responsibility in the communities where it operates around the world. Headquartered in Bowling Green, Kentucky, Fruit of the Loom, Inc. employs nearly 30,000 people in 17 countries. It provides 200,000 additional jobs through sourcing and licensing manufacturing locations in 30 countries. For more information, visit fotlinc.com.