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Li & Fung to Open Licensing Int'l Expo

Rick Darling, president of Li & Fung’s LF USA, will deliver the keynote address at Licensing International Expo June 14 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas.Darling oversees LF USA’s rapidly expanding business in the U.S., wi

Rick Darling, president of Li & Fung’s LF USA, will deliver the keynote address at Licensing International Expo June 14 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas.

Darling oversees LF USA’s rapidly expanding business in the U.S., with a portfolio of owned and licensed brands that includes Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony, Rachel Zoe, Sofia Vergara, Sean John, Ecko and Calvin Klein. In addition, the company recently acquired Beyond Productions, the apparel and accessories company headed by Beyoncé and Tina Knowles.

Darling currently serves as chairman of the board of the American Apparel & Footwear Association, board member for Fashion Delivers Charitable Foundation and member of the board of governors for the Parson’s School of Design.

“In his role with Li & Fung at the center of global sourcing and marketing, Rick Darling has a unique perspective on the challenges and opportunities facing suppliers, brand owners, retailers and others,” said Charles Riotto, president of the international Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association, which is the Expo’s sole sponsor. “We are thrilled he will be joining us as a great kickoff to the show.”

To register for the keynote, which is free to all registered attendees, visit http://www.licensing.org/events/view/622/.

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