R.I.P. Rick Medlin of Fruit of the Loom
Rick Medlin the President and CEO of Fruit of the Loom passed away of natural causes yesterday November 27th, 2016
“The entire Fruit of the Loom, Inc. team worldwide, with nearly 30,000 employees, is incredibly saddened by the loss of their sincere and principled leader.
“Rick was a special leader and a special person. He was extremely proud of the progress and success we have shared in the last 6 years,” said the Fruit of the Loom leadership team. “We owe it to his legacy and honor to continue taking this company forward in accordance with his vision. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Medlin family at this time of loss.”
The company will name an interim CEO in the coming days who will continue to lead the organization with the same core values and integrity established by Mr. Medlin.
Rick Medlin was named President and CEO of Fruit of the Loom, Inc. in August 2010. Prior to becoming CEO, Mr. Medlin had served in other roles at the company, including Executive Vice President of Operations, Senior Vice President of Manufacturing and Vice President of Textile Manufacturing. Before joining Fruit of the Loom, Inc., Mr. Medlin held a variety of positions at NRB Industries, Inc. and Milliken & Company.
Mr. Medlin, a South Carolina native, attended Clemson University on a football scholarship. He earned a Bachelor of Science and Master’s Degree in Education.