CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD
Joined the amfAR board in July 1987. Was elected vice chairman in April 2002, and
chairman of the board in January 2005. Chairs the executive committee and serves
ex officio on all board committees.
Designs and donates most of amfAR’s annual creative advertising, including the
outdoor campaign, which first appeared in 1996. Kenneth has initiated public
awareness efforts annually since 1985, when he spearheaded the campaign
“For the Future of Our Children” photographed by Annie Leibovitz. In 2005 he
created and launched the “We All Have AIDS” public service campaign. The print
and outdoor campaign featured key entertainment, political, social, and scientific
leaders in an effort to foster needed solidarity and bring light to the
devastating stigma surrounding those living with HIV/AIDS.
Mr. Cole is chairman of Kenneth Cole Productions, Inc., a business
that began over 25 years ago out of the back of a 40-foot trailer.
Kenneth Cole Productions is one of the most widely revered and
consistently focused fashion houses, with retail sales in excess of
$1.5 billion. Mr. Cole goes far beyond lending his name to a line
of clothing and accessories; he is the ultimate driving force and
creative director in all areas from design to marketing.
In 2008, Mr. Cole launched AWEARNESS, The Kenneth Cole
Foundation to promote, encourage, and inspire meaningful social
change and support like-minded individuals and organizations to
make a difference. In addition to his commitment to amfAR and the fight against
AIDS, Mr. Cole sits on the boards of the Sundance Institute, the Council of Fashion
Designers of America, and HELP USA—the nation’s largest provider of homes,
jobs, and services for the homeless. Mr. Cole has received numerous awards for
his innovative, socially conscious advertising and overall social outreach, including
amfAR’s Award of Courage.
Chairman, Kenneth Cole Productions, Inc. He and his wife, Maria Cuomo Cole, have
three daughters and live in Westchester, NY.
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