Donald J. Franceschini is the retired Vice Chairman and a Director of the Sara Lee Corporation. He was responsible for the $7.5 billion personal products line of businesses which included such brands as Hanes, Champion, Playtex, Bali, Leggs, Donna Karan, Ralph Lauren and a number of international brands marketed in 26 countries. Additionally, he oversaw the corporation's legal and human resources functions.
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Prior to joining Sara Lee in 1991, he was President of Playtex Apparel and a partner in the leveraged buyout of that corporation. Sara Lee acquired Playtex Apparel in 1991, and Franceschini was named CEO of Playtex Apparel. Sara Lee Corporation is a global packaged food and consumer products company with annual sales of $20 billion.