Gerald W. Evans Jr.
Gerald Evans 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, Mr. Evans has directed the execution of the company’s Innovate-to-Elevate and acquisition strategies and has guided the company’s significant growth to become the world’s largest everyday basic apparel company with nearly 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, which now represents more than 30 percent of company sales, and he has driven significantly increased profitability in the domestic 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 and Alternative in the United States; Champion, DIM, Abanderado, Nur Die/Nur Der, Wonderbra, Maidenform 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.
In his more than 35-year tenure with Hanes, Mr. Evans has achieved career success 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 MBA at the University of South Carolina.
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