The global branded lifestyle apparel company VF Corporation ( has announced Kanchan Pant as Managing Director of VF Arvind Brands Private Ltd., VF's majority-owned joint venture in India. He will report to Aidan O'Meara, President of VF Asia Pacific, and will be based in Bangalore, India.

Pant, who has 20 years of branded apparel and retailing business experience in India and other international markets, most recently served as the Managing Director and CEO of Indus League Clothing Ltd., a $60 million multi-brand apparel retailing business that he co-founded. He was previously a member of the management team that started and grew the Madura Garments business in the 1990's and was the first brand manager for the Van Heusen business during its launch and roll-out in India. He also spent three years in London with the fashion retail business of Coats Viyella Plc., and is a graduate of IIT Chennai and IIM Kolkata.

"India is one of VF's biggest geographical growth opportunities and we are delighted to have somebody of Kanchan's caliber and experience to lead our team. He will focus on growing our existing Lee, Wrangler, Nautica, Kipling and JanSport brand businesses, while evaluating the many other opportunities that VF's extensive brand portfolio will present in the future in this dynamic and exciting part of the world," O'Meara said.

VF formed the joint venture in 2006 with The Arvind Mills, Ltd. to design, market and distribute VF-branded products in India, yet another indicator of the significance of the Indian market for the growth of the apparel industry throughout East Asia.