Cariloha CEO, Jeff Pedersen, honored as Winner in the 2014 CEO World Awards


Founder and CEO, Jeff Pedersen, on behalf of PW Companies (Cariloha parent company), was honored this week as a winner in the annual 2014 CEO World Awards in the CEO of the Year category.

The coveted annual CEO World Awards program encompasses the world’s best in leadership, innovation, organizational performance, new products and services, CEO case studies, and customer satisfaction programs from every major industry in the world. Organizations from all over the world are eligible to submit nominations including public and private, for-profit and non-profit, largest to smallest and new start-ups.

Jeff Pedersen is the Founder, Owner and CEO of PW Companies, parent company of international retail brands, Del Sol and Cariloha, which are found in more than 160 free-standing Del Sol and Cariloha stores worldwide, primarily in the world’s major cruise ship ports-of-call.

Cariloha specializes in apparel, accessories, bedding, and bath goods made from bamboo, one of the most renewable resources in the world, and Del Sol manufactures and retails clothing and accessories that change colors with sunlight. Jeff has overseen and orchestrated the growth and expansion of Del Sol since 2003 and Cariloha since 2007. Both separate brands have become two of the largest retailers in the world with more than 20,000 combined product SKUs and 160 store locations in 28 countries and growing. They’re also two of the most highly promoted merchants onboard Royal Caribbean, Carnival, Princess, Disney, Celebrity, and Norwegian Cruise Lines.

More than 40 judges from a broad spectrum of industry voices from around the world and over 200 CEOs participated. Their average scores determined the 2014 CEO World Award winners.

“It’s an honor for me and our company to be named a winner by CEO World Awards for this esteemed industry and peer world recognition,” said Pedersen. “These awards are indicative of our combined efforts, and a true testament of each PW Company employees’ commitment to making our products, store experiences and innovative culture the best.”

Winners will be honored at the SVUS Awards Ceremony and Dinner in San Francisco on June 29, 2015.

About the CEO World Awards
CEO World Awards are an annual industry and peers recognition program honoring CEOs and Companies of all types and sizes in North America, Europe, Middle-East, Africa, Asia-Pacific, and Latin-America. The Annual CEO World Awards is part of the SVUS Awards recognition program from Silicon Valley in the United States of America which also includes Consumer World Awards, Customer Sales and Service World Awards, Golden Bridge Awards, Globee Fastest Growing Private Companies Awards, Info Security’s Global Excellence Awards, Network Products Guide’s IT World Awards, Pillar Employee Recognition World Awards, PR World Awards, and Women World Awards. Learn more about The CEO World Awards at

About Cariloha
Established in 2007, Cariloha is the only retailer in the world to provide an entire store experience that’s completely outfit with merchandise made of bamboo. The product line features an exclusive collection of apparel, accessories, bedding and bath goods and more all made from bamboo. Cariloha’s soft, breezy bamboo goods were first sold in three, full stores in Ocho Rios, Jamaica; Cozumel, Mexico; and St. Thomas, USVI. Since the first three stores in 2008, Cariloha has already opened stores in 14 countries and continues to grow. Cariloha has quickly become one of the fastest-growing merchants promoted on board Carnival, Celebrity, Disney, Princess, Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Lines. Today, thanks to an ever‐growing, rich supply of bamboo, Cariloha continues to offer an exclusive collection of products, all enjoying the strength, soft touch, and green ‘footprint’ of this renewable resource.