MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwired - Feb. 6, 2015) - Gildan Activewear Inc. (TSX:GIL)(NYSE:GIL) today announced that the nine nominees proposed as directors in its management proxy circular dated December 11, 2014 were elected as directors of the Company by a majority of the votes cast by the shareholders present in person or represented by proxy at its annual meeting of shareholders held on February 5, 2015 in Montréal. The voting results are detailed below:

Number % Number %
William D. Anderson 81,313,301 99.86 112,733 0.14
Donald C. Berg 81,337,457 99.89 88,577 0.11
Glenn J. Chamandy 81,401,504 99.97 24,530 0.03
Russell Goodman 80,724,018 99.14 702,017 0.86
Russ Hagey 80,929,223 99.39 496,812 0.61
George Heller 81,122,502 99.63 303,533 0.37
Anne Martin-Vachon 81,399,556 99.97 26,478 0.03
Sheila O'Brien 80,875,496 99.32 550,539 0.68
Gonzalo F. Valdes-Fauli 81,309,672 99.86 116,362 0.14

The Company is pleased to welcome two new independent directors, Mr. Donald C. Berg and Ms. Anne Martin-Vachon.

Mr. Donald C. Berg is the retired Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer at Brown-Forman Corporation, a U.S.-based producer and marketer of fine quality beverage alcohol brands and one of the largest companies in the global wine and spirits industry. Mr. Berg's career at Brown-Forman Corporation spanned over 25 years, where he held various executive positions including as President of its Advancing Markets Group, President of Brown-Forman Spirits Americas, the company's largest operating group, head of its corporate development and strategy functions and director of its mergers and acquisitions group. Prior to joining Brown-Forman, Mr. Berg has had a wide variety of finance, sales and marketing roles with respected national and international firms after beginning his career as a certified chartered public accountant with Ernst & Whinney. Since April 2014, Mr. Berg has acted as Chief Executive Officer at The Comfy Cow Inc., a privately-held Louisville, Kentucky-based purveyor of specialty gourmet ice cream through its chain of retail shops as well as in fine grocery stores in the Midwest. Mr. Berg is also a member of the Board of Directors of Meredith Corporation, a publicly-held media and marketing company.

Anne Martin-Vachon is Chief Merchandising, Planning and Programming Officer at HSN, Inc., a leading interactive multi-channel entertainment and lifestyle retailer that operates two business segments, HSN and Cornerstone. Ms. Martin-Vachon joined HSN in 2012 after having held various executive positions in the consumer packaged goods and retail industry, including as Chief Marketing Officer at Nordstrom, Inc., a leading fashion specialty retailer operating 293 stores in 38 U.S. states, Chief Executive Officer at Lise Watier Cosmétiques, Inc., a Canadian-based beauty and skincare company, and Chief Marketing Officer at Bath & Body Works, LLC, which operates retail stores for personal care products. Ms. Martin-Vachon began her career at The Procter & Gamble Company, where she spent more than twenty years in a variety of leadership positions across the company's portfolio of beauty, personal care and household brands. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Cosmetic Executive Women, a prominent beauty industry organization.

About Gildan

Gildan is a leading supplier of quality branded basic family apparel, including T-shirts, fleece, sport shirts, underwear, socks, hosiery and shapewear. The Company sells its products under a diversified portfolio of company-owned brands, including the Gildan®, Gold Toe® and Anvil® brands and brand extensions, as well as the Secret®, Silks® and Therapy Plus™ brands. The Company also has the U.S. sock license for Under Armour®, and licenses for Mossy Oak® and New Balance® brands. The Company distributes its products in printwear markets in the U.S. and Canada, as well as in Europe, Asia Pacific and Latin America. The Company also markets its products to a broad spectrum of retailers in the U.S. and Canada. The Company also manufactures for select leading global athletic and lifestyle consumer brands.

Gildan owns and operates vertically-integrated, large-scale manufacturing facilities which are primarily located in Central America and the Caribbean Basin to efficiently service the quick replenishment needs of its customers in the printwear and retail markets. Gildan has over 43,000 employees worldwide and is committed to industry-leading labour and environmental practices in all of its facilities. More information about the Company and its corporate citizenship practices and initiatives can be found at its corporate websites and, respectively.

Contact Information:

Investor Relations
Sophie Argiriou
Vice-President, Investor Communications
(514) 343-8815

Media Relations
Anik Trudel
Vice-President, Corporate Communications
(514) 340-8919