Mr. Pugh became President of V.F. Corporation in 1980 and Chairman and CEO in 1982. After nearly two decades of leadership, he retired in 1998. Larry was the visionary force behind many of VF's most important initiatives. During his tenure as the leader of V. F. Corporation, sales grew ten-fold from $544 million to $5.5 billion.
Since his retirement in 1998, he has remained active as a current Trustee and past Chairman of the Colby College Board of Trustees. He is currently Co-Chairman of UNUM Provident, the Chairman of the Portland, Maine Museum of Art, a Trustee of Maine Medical Center and a Director of the Maine Winter Sports Center.
"We are pleased and proud to have Larry Pugh join our team," said Mr. Croatti. "Larry has a tremendous record of public service and his vast store of professional knowledge and experience will allow Larry to make a significant contribution to our future growth and success."
UniFirst Corporation is one of the largest providers of workplace uniforms and protective clothing in North America. The Company employs over 9,000 team partners who serve more than 175,000 customer locations in 46 states, Canada and Europe from 170 manufacturing, distribution and customer service facilities.