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Biography PhotoRichard A. Noll
Executive Chairman

As Chairman of the Board since 2009, Executive Chairman since 2016, and CEO from 2006 to 2016, Mr. Noll has transformed HanesBrands (NYSE:HBI) into an industry leader by driving its Innovate-to-Elevate strategy, building a company-owned global supply chain on six continents, and completing nine acquisitions to expand the company’s capabilities and international business.

Under Mr. Noll’s leadership, Hanes has strengthened its brands and global market positions, increased annualized sales from $4 billion to nearly $7 billion, quintupled EPS, and expanded its shareholder value from $2 billion to $10 billion. As a result of this success, the company gained entry to both the S&P 500 index and the Fortune 500 in 2015.

Mr. Noll serves as a member of the Business Roundtable and served as Lead Director of The Fresh Market until April 2016. Previously in his career, Mr. Noll led the turnarounds of several Sara Lee Corporation bakery and apparel businesses; consulted for Strategic Planning Associates; and began his career as a systems programmer.

Mr. Noll earned a BS in business administration from Pennsylvania State University in 1979; earned an MSIA (MBA) from Carnegie-Mellon University in 1985, graduating with distinction and receiving the Elliott Dunlap Smith Award; and received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Wake Forest University in 2008.

Mr. Noll is passionate about corporate social responsibility. He was named responsible CEO of the year in 2016 by Corporate Responsibility magazine. In addition, Hanes has been honored with awards or recognition by Forbes Magazine’s list of America’s Best Employers and the Great Place to Work Institute for employment and workplace practices; by the U.S. EPA and Newsweek magazine for sustainability; and by the United Way and Americans for the Arts for philanthropy.

Mr. Noll has also worked with numerous nonprofits, including the United Way, Winston-Salem Arts Council, St. Louis Civic Progress, St. Louis Children’s Hospital, and advisory councils for the business schools of both Wake Forest University and Washington University in St. Louis.

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