New CEO, exec team named at True Religion Apparel

VERNON, Calif. — True Religion Apparel has appointed David Conn as CEO. He will be joined by a new leadership team that, together with the company’s new owner, TowerBrook Capital Partners L.P., will be charged with guiding the company into its next phase of growth.

Conn joins from VF Corporation and has leadership experience in brand management and marketing in the apparel and footwear industries. Prior to his time as president of VF Retail Licensed Brands, Conn served as EVP of the Iconix Brand Group.

“I’ve admired True Religion for a long time and I’m thrilled to join such an exceptional team,” said Conn. I feel fortunate to have Lynne, Eric and TowerBrook as partners as we begin this new chapter for the company. I look forward to working with them and with the talented employees of True Religion to make a great company even stronger.”

Lynne Koplin, who served as interim CEO, has made the transition to a new role as chief merchandising officer, and Eric Bauer has been named as CFO and COO.

Koplin has been a member of the True Religion management team since 2010. In addition to her role as interim CEO, she has served as COO and president and has significant experience in product and store design, as well as retail merchandising. Bauer previously served as COO at the Children’s Place Retail Stor