Emanuel Chirico, GABELLI ’79, PAR, and Joanne M. Chirico, PAR
Emanuel “Manny” Chirico is chairman of the board of directors of the global apparel company PVH Corp. and a leader in responsible corporate citizenship. He and Joanne Chirico are Fordham parents who have invested in many areas of the University, including career services and experiential education.
Manny and Joanne Chirico met at St. Anthony’s Church in the Bronx, close to their homes, and married a year and a half later, soon after his Fordham graduation. Manny Chirico worked at Ernst & Young before joining Phillips-Van Heusen—today known as PVH Corp.—in 1993, and served in several executive roles before becoming CEO in 2006. He was named board chairman the following year, and continued to serve as CEO until early 2021.
Among other achievements, Chirico engineered the acquisition of Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein, growing the company’s portfolio of iconic brands, and worked to ensure fair labor conditions throughout its supply chain. In 2020, he spearheaded a partnership between PVH and Fordham’s Gabelli School of Business to establish a leading academic hub for the study of corporate responsibility and sustainability. His personal philanthropic work includes service as a Fordham trustee and on the boards of Montefiore Medical Center and Save the Children, where he has been instrumental in supporting efforts to promote early childhood education in developing countries. In 2018, he received an honorary doctorate from Fordham, and he serves on the boards of Dick’s Sporting Goods and Conagra Brands.
The Chiricos have three sons, all educated in the Jesuit tradition: one at Fairfield University and two at Fordham’s Gabelli School of Business.