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The members of the Hanesbrands Inc. Board of Directors bring broad experience in corporate governance and issue-specific knowledge to help manage the company’s global growth. In addition to Hanesbrands Inc. Executive Chairman Richard A. Noll and Chief Executive Officer Gerald W. Evans Jr., the Board of Directors has nine outside directors, all of whom are independent under New York Stock Exchange listing standards and under Hanesbrands’ Corporate Governance Guidelines.
Richard A. Noll has served as HanesBrands chairman of the board since 2006, executive chairman since 2016 and as chief executive officer 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.
Gerald W. Evans Jr. was elected chief executive officer and appointed to the Board of Directors in 2016 after successfully guiding operations in executive positions since the company’s spin off in 2006. He served as HanesBrands chief operating officer from 2013 until his election as CEO, effective Oct. 1, 2016.
Under his leadership as COO, Mr. Evans directed the execution of the company’s Innovate-to-Elevate and acquisition strategies and has guided operations through significant growth to become the world’s largest everyday basic apparel company with more than 70,000 employees. He has overseen omnichannel expansion and significant brand building for such iconic consumer favorites as Hanes and Champion; integration of more than a half-dozen commercial acquisitions; pioneering product and process innovation; and creation of a distinctive competitive advantage with a low-cost global supply chain balanced between the Western Hemisphere and Asia that produces the significant majority of the company’s products in company-owned manufacturing facilities. Mr. Evans has led the rapid growth of the company’s international commercial operations, increasing the international contribution to overall net sales from approximately 10 percent to the current run rate of 30 percent, and he has driven significantly increased profitability in both the Innerwear and Activewear business segments.
Through the company’s acquisition strategy, Mr. Evans has led the expansion of the company’s portfolio of leading brands to include Maidenform in the United States and Europe; DIM, Abanderado, Nur Die/Nur Der, Wonderbra and Lovable in Europe; and Bonds in Australia. Today, the company holds the No. 1 or No. 2 market share position for underwear, intimate apparel or hosiery in a dozen countries in the Americas, Europe, and Asia/Pacific.
Mr. Evans has more than 30 years of experience in the apparel industry with a proven global track record in marketing, sales and general management positions spanning the Hanes organization and its predecessor companies. Prior to his promotion to chief operating officer, Mr. Evans was co-chief operating officer of Hanes from 2011 to 2013. He served as co-operating officer, president International, from 2010 to 2011. Mr. Evans joined Hanes in 1983 as a member of the L’eggs marketing organization.
Evans earned a B.S. degree in marketing and an M.B.A. at the University of South Carolina.
Bobby J. Griffin has served as a member of the Board of Directors since the completion of the spinoff from Sara Lee in September 2006. From 2005 to 2007, Mr. Griffin served as President, International Operations of Ryder System, Inc., a global leader in transportation and supply chain management solutions. Beginning in 1986, Mr. Griffin served in various other management positions with Ryder System, Inc., including as Executive Vice President, International Operations from 2003 to 2005 and Executive Vice President, Global Supply Chain Operations from 2001 to 2003. Mr. Griffin also currently serves on the Board of Directors of United Rentals, Inc. and WESCO International, Inc.
James C. Johnson has served as a member of the Board of Directors since the completion of the spinoff from Sara Lee in September 2006. From 2010 to 2013, Mr. Johnson served as General Counsel of Loop Capital Markets LLC, a provider of a broad range of integrated capital solutions for corporate, governmental and institutional entities. Mr. Johnson previously served as Vice President and Assistant General Counsel of the Boeing Commercial Airplanes division of The Boeing Company, one of the world's major aerospace firms, from 2007 until 2009. From 1998 until 2007, Mr. Johnson served as Vice President, Corporate Secretary and Assistant General Counsel of The Boeing Company. Mr. Johnson also currently serves on the Board of Directors of Ameren Corporation, Energizer Holdings, Inc. and Edgewell Personal Care Company.
Jessica T. Mathews has served as a member of the Board of Directors since October 2006. She has served as a Distinguished Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, a foreign policy think tank dedicated to advancing cooperation between nations and promoting active international engagement by the United States, since 2015. From 1997 to 2015, Ms. Mathews served as President of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. She also served as Deputy to the Undersecretary of State for Global Affairs in the Department of State in 1993, and in other senior governmental and non-governmental positions earlier in her career. Ms. Mathews was Director of the Washington Office of the Council on Foreign Relations from 1994 to 1997. Ms. Mathews also currently serves on the Board of Directors of SomaLogic, Inc. and as a trustee of Harvard University and several other nonprofit organizations.
Franck J. Moison has served as a member of the Board of Directors since January 2015. He has served as Chief Operating Officer of Emerging Markets & Business Development for the Colgate-Palmolive Company since 2010. Beginning in 1978, Mr. Moison served in various other management positions with the Colgate-Palmolive Company, including as President, Global Marketing, Supply Chain & R&D from 2007 to 2010, and President, Western Europe, Central Europe and South Pacific from 2005 to 2007. Mr. Moison also currently serves on the Board of Directors of the French American Chamber of Commerce, as Chairman of the International Advisory Board of the EDHEC Business School (Paris, London, Singapore) and as a member of the International Board of the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University.
Robert F. Moran has served as a member of the Board of Directors since July 2013. He served as Chairman of the Board of PetSmart, Inc. ("PetSmart"), a leading specialty provider of pet care products and services, from 2012 to 2013 and as Chief Executive Officer of PetSmart from 2009 to 2013. He joined PetSmart as President of North American Stores in 1999, and in 2001 he was appointed President and Chief Operating Officer. From 1998 to 1999, Mr. Moran was President of Toys "R" Us (Canada) Ltd., a subsidiary of specialty toy retailer Toys "R" Us, Inc. Prior to 1991 and from 1993 to 1998, for a total of 20 years, Mr. Moran was employed by retailer Sears, Roebuck and Company in a variety of financial and merchandising positions, including as President and Chief Executive Officer of Sears de Mexico. He was also Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President of Galerias Preciados of Madrid, Spain, a leading department store, from 1991 to 1993. Mr. Moran also currently serves on the Board of Directors of GNC Holdings, Inc. and the USA Track and Field Foundation.
Ronald L. Nelson has served as a member of the Board of Directors since July 2008 and as Lead Director since January 2015. He has served as Executive Chairman of Avis Budget Group, Inc. ("Avis Budget Group"), which operates two major brands in the global vehicle rental industry through Avis and Budget, since January 2015. From 2006 to 2015, Mr. Nelson served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Avis Budget Group. Mr. Nelson was a director of Cendant Corporation (the predecessor of Avis Budget Group) from 2003 to 2006, Chief Financial Officer from 2003 until 2006 and President from 2004 to 2006. Mr. Nelson was also Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Cendant Corporation's Vehicle Rental business from January 2006 to August 2006. From 2005 to 2006, Mr. Nelson was interim Chief Executive Officer of Cendant Corporation's former Travel Distribution Division. In addition to Avis Budget Group, Inc., Mr. Nelson also currently serves on the Board of Directors of Convergys Corporation.
David V. Singer has served as a member our Board of Directors since October 2014. From 2010 to 2013, Mr. Singer served as Chief Executive Officer of Snyder's-Lance, Inc., a manufacturer and marketer of snack foods throughout the United States and internationally. He also served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Lance, Inc. from 2005 until its merger with Snyder's of Hanover, Inc. in 2010. From 1987 to 2005, Mr. Singer served as Chief Financial Officer of Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated, a beverage manufacturer and distributor. Prior to 1987, Mr. Singer was Vice President of Mellon Bank, N.A. Mr. Singer also currently serves on the Board of Directors of Flowers Foods, Inc., SPX FLOW, Inc. and Brunswick Corporation.
Ann E. Ziegler has served as a member of the Board of Directors since December 2008. Ms. Ziegler has served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer and a member of the executive committee of CDW Corporation, a leading provider of technology solutions for business, government, healthcare and education, since 2008. From 2005 until 2008, Ms. Ziegler served as Senior Vice President, Administration and Chief Financial Officer of Sara Lee Food and Beverage. From 2003 until 2005, she served as Chief Financial Officer of Sara Lee Bakery Group. From 2000 until 2003, she served as Senior Vice President, Corporate Development of Sara Lee. Ms. Ziegler also currently services on the Board of Directors of Groupon, Inc.