David Love, executive vice president and president of Levi Strauss Asia, Middle East and Africa

David Love, executive vice president and president of Levi Strauss Asia, Middle East and Africa

US jeans giant Levi Strauss & Co has named Liz O'Neill as its new chief supply chain officer, after promoting David Love to lead its commercial operations in Asia, the Middle East and Africa.

Love has been with the company for more than 30 years, holding posts in production, product development, product services and sourcing before becoming executive vice president for the global supply chain, and chief transformation officer.

He joined the business in 1982 as a manager of technical services working in its manufacturing facility in the UK, and "has closely partnered with design and brand merchandising to encourage product innovation, increase speed to market and foster commitment to quality," the company says.

In his new post as executive vice president and president of Levi Strauss Asia, Middle East and Africa (AMA), Love will be responsible for leading the company's commercial operations, spanning all brands and channels, in the region.

O'Neill, meanwhile, joined LS&Co in 2013 to lead global supply chain sourcing and strategy, responsible for the global development, sourcing and delivery of products shipped to more than 100 countries.

In her new role as chief supply chain officer she will O'Neill also be responsible for the company's worldwide terms of engagement and environment, health and safety.

Prior to LS&Co she spent 13 years at Gap Inc, overseeing sourcing and production for Gap's global brands. She has also worked for The Disney Store and Abercrombie & Fitch.

Love remains a member the company's worldwide leadership team, and O'Neill will join the worldwide leadership team. Both will report directly to Chip Bergh, president and CEO.

"David is a valued and trusted leader at LS&Co who brings a deep understanding of how our business operates to his new role as AMA president," Bergh says.

"David has made significant contributions to the success of our business in his roles as the leader of our global supply chain and as our chief transformation officer. Liz has been a valuable thought partner and leader in driving substantial cost savings and increasing the quality of our strategic partnerships."