David Sirkin ’94, president of The Neckwear Group at PVH Corp., will deliver the keynote address at Philadelphia University’s annual Convocation to welcome some 730 new students on Aug. 21 at 3 p.m. in the Gallagher Athletic, Recreation and Convocation Center.
The Convocation ceremony marks the first official meeting of the Class of 2018, as well as the Class of 2019 for students in the five-year architecture program.
Sirkin, a 1994 graduate with a bachelor’s degree in textile marketing and management, oversees sales, marketing, design, finance, warehouse and distribution, and planning and analysis for the neckwear group division of PVH Corp. The New York-based apparel company includes iconic global brands such as Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, Van Heusen, IZOD and Speedo.
“We are proud to welcome David Sirkin as our 2014 Convocation speaker,” said President Stephen Spinelli Jr. “His success in the apparel industry is a brilliant example of the PhilaU ‘Powered to Do’ mantra. Our distinctive Nexus Learning curriculum empowers our graduates to become leaders in their fields. His inspiring and innovative business experience is a model of achievement for our incoming students.”
Sirkin has served on the executive team of the PVH neckwear group for more than seven years, during which time it grew to become the largest neckwear company in the world, with sales exceeding $200 million. He first joined the company in 2007 as vice president of sales and marketing for neckwear. In 2009, he was promoted to senior vice president and, two years later, he became executive vice president of the group.
Previously, Sirkin held positions as vice president of sales at the firms Randa Accessories, Velcorex DMC, and Galey & Lord. He began his career as a sales account executive at Milliken & Company.
On campus for PhilaU’s Explore Fashion Day in March 2013, when Sirkin shared his perspective on the fashion industry as part of a panel discussion, he applauded what the University has accomplished since he graduated two decades ago. “What faculty and administration have done here to give students an opportunity to learn is amazing,” he said. “They’ve taken it up a notch—or five.”