True Religion Appoints John Ermatinger as Chief Executive Offer

VERNON, Calif.--()--True Religion Apparel, Inc. today announced that John Ermatinger has been appointed Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. Current CEO, David Conn, is stepping down. Mr. Ermatinger, a seasoned executive who has been serving as True Religion's Interim SVP of Global Sourcing and Production, will build on the strategic initiatives that have been implemented since TowerBrook's acquisition in July 2013 and will guide the company into its next phase of development.

John Anderson, Chairman of the True Religion Board of Directors, said: "John is a seasoned industry veteran who will lead True Religion towards more accelerated growth. His strong management skills, deep experience at leading apparel companies and appreciation for high quality product is the right combination to drive True Religion's transformation forward. On behalf of TowerBrook and the Board, I thank David for his leadership and his contributions which resulted in significant progress across the business."

Mr. Ermatinger has served as the CEO of Tommy Hilfiger (Asia Pacific), President of Gap Inc. (Asia Pacific), President of the Americas for Levi Strauss & Co., as well as General Manager of Nike (Asia Pacific).

"I am impressed with all that True Religion has achieved since TowerBrook's acquisition and I look forward to working with the company's talented leadership and associates to further this success," said John Ermatinger. "True Religion has re-designed its product line and brand platform, launched compelling collaborations with style leaders, and enhanced the customer experience with a remodel of its retail stores, implementation of omni-channel functionality and a new e-commerce platform. I am eager to build on the Company's strong foundation, position the iconic brand for the future and further advance True Religion's transformation."

About True Religion Apparel, Inc.

True Religion Apparel, Inc. is a premium denim and denim-related sportswear brand known for its quality craftsmanship and bold style designed to stand out. The Company designs, manufactures and distributes True Religion products, including its True Religion jeans, sportswear and licensed accessories. The specialty denim fits, washes and treatments are all designed with amplified details to stand out. True Religion products may be found in the Company's branded retail and outlets stores, as well as contemporary department stores and boutiques in nearly 50 countries on six continents. As of May 2015, the Company operated 138 stores in the U.S., and more than 30 international stores. For more information, please visit