President & Chief Executive Officer, Board Member, Kontoor Brands
Scott Baxter is President & Chief Executive Officer of Kontoor Brands, Inc. He is also on the company’s Board of Directors. Baxter was named CEO in August 2018 when VF Corporation announced its intention to separate its Jeanswear organization into an independent, publicly traded company. Baxter has more than 30 years of experience in retail, operations, marketing, merchandising, sales and manufacturing.
Prior to being named CEO of Kontoor Brands, Baxter was Group President, Americas West, for VF Corporation. In this role, he was responsible for overseeing brands such as The North Face® and Vans®.
Baxter’s previous leadership roles at VF also included Group President, Outdoor & Action Sports, Americas and Vice President, VF Corporation & Group President, Jeanswear, Imagewear and South America. Baxter joined VF in 2007 as the President of the Licensed Sports Group. In 2008, he was named Coalition President for the Imagewear coalition, which comprised the Image and Licensed Sports Group divisions.
Prior to joining VF, Baxter served as Senior Vice President of The Home Depot Company, leading the Services Division. He also previously served as Executive Vice President of Edward Don & Company and held a series of leadership roles with Nestle and PepsiCo.
An active member of the community, Baxter is on the Board of Directors for the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro and the Piedmont Triad Partnership.
Baxter holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Toledo and a Masters of Business Administration degree from Northwestern University's Kellogg Graduate School of Management.
VP & Chief Financial Officer
Rustin Welton is VP & Chief Financial Officer for Kontoor Brands, Inc. In this role, Welton has primary responsibility for financial planning, analysis and management, accounting, investor relations, tax, treasury, internal audit and information technology.
Prior to his appointment to CFO of Kontoor Brands in 2019, Welton served as Group CFO for VF Corporation’s Jeanswear, Workwear, Sportswear, Timberland® and VF Outlet businesses, and CFO, Jeanswear, Imagewear and VF Outlet for Central and South America. Welton joined VF in June 2012 as Vice President and CFO for Jeanswear Americas.
Prior to joining VF, he served in financial leadership roles with Newell Rubbermaid, Electrolux, Fisher Scientific International and Eli Lilly.
Welton holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an M.B.A. from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business.
VP & Chief Strategy Officer
Sara Bland is VP & Chief Strategy Officer of Kontoor Brands, Inc. Bland is responsible for leading the company’s strategy, innovation, consumer insights and sustainability functions.
Bland is a proven business leader with more than 20 years of experience harnessing innovative thinking to drive business growth. Prior to joining Kontoor Brands in 2019, she served as Vice President, Global Business Lead, Nutrition at GlaxoSmithKline, a global healthcare company. She previously held a variety of leadership roles within marketing, strategy and consulting at Fortune 500 companies including PepsiCo, Booz Allen Hamilton and Procter & Gamble.
Bland received a dual bachelor's degree in psychology and history from York University and a master's degree in international relations from Cambridge University. Additionally, she holds a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School.
VP, Corporate Relations
Scott Deitz is VP, Corporate Relations for Kontoor Brands. Deitz leads government relations, corporate communications and philanthropic activities for the company. He also guides and maintains productive relationships with government representatives, public policy makers and non-governmental organizations.
Prior to joining Kontoor Brands in 2019, Deitz was VF Corporation's Vice President, Public Affairs. In this role, he oversaw Public Affairs, Corporate Communications and Sustainability & Responsibility, as well the VF Foundation, the company's charitable arm. Deitz joined VF Corporation in 2013.
Previously, Deitz was Senior Vice President and Partner at global business consultancy FleishmanHillard. There he provided global clients with counsel on topics including issues management, investor relations, financial communication, crisis management and communication, mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, public stock offerings and investor activism. He was on the global Sustainability Practice Group team and led the firm's global Manufacturing and Industrials Practice Group.
Deitz holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin - Madison in the U.S. He has studied Business at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management in Chicago and multi-cultural business at Sweden's Krauthammer International. Deitz has also served as an adjunct professor of public relations at a U.S.-based university. He is a frequent speaker in professional settings.
VP, Supply Chain
Randy Fortenberry is the VP, Supply Chain for Kontoor Brands, Inc. Fortenberry’s responsibilities include management of Kontoor’s global manufacturing, sourcing and Supply Chain activities.
Prior to his appointment to his current role in 2019, Fortenberry was Vice President, Global Supply Chain Operations and Distribution Operations for VF Corporation, where he was successful in driving consistent processes across all coalitions, resulting in improved inventories for Supply Chain. Fortenberry spent more than 30 years in various roles of increasing responsibility in VF’s Supply Chain organization, including senior-level roles within manufacturing, sourcing, distribution and operations. Fortenberry began his career as a Management Trainee for the Lee Jeans Company within the manufacturing environment.
Fortenberry holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Alabama.
VP, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary
Laurel Krueger is VP, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary for Kontoor Brands, Inc. Krueger oversees Kontoor’s legal department, with oversight of corporate governance, intellectual property, securities, compliance and other corporate activities.
Krueger is a seasoned legal executive with nearly 20 years of experience, including in the retail industry. Prior to joining Kontoor Brands in 2019, she served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Ohio-based Signet Jewelers Limited, the world’s largest retailer of diamond jewelry. Prior to joining Signet, Laurel held a variety of legal leadership roles at publicly traded companies in retail and manufacturing, including Federal-Mogul Corporation, Tecumseh Products Company and Borders Group, Inc.
Krueger received her bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Michigan-Dearborn and her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School. Additionally, she holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Michigan-Dearborn’s School of Management.
VP & Chief Human Resources Officer
Scott Shoener is VP & Chief Human Resources Officer for Kontoor Brands, Inc. In this role, Shoener leads global human resources activities across Kontoor’s organization.
Prior to joining Kontoor Brands in 2019, Shoener spent more than 30 years in several HR positions with increasing responsibility at VF Corporation. In his most recent role with VF, he served as VP, Human Resources Business Partner, Americas East, Corporate Functions & Global Wrangler®. Previously, he was VP, Human Resources, Global Corporate Services. Shoener also served in a number of HR positions with VF’s Imagewear business and its Timberland® brand. Shoener began his career with VF as an intern.
Shoener earned his bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Business Administration from Albright College. He holds the designations of Senior Certified Professional by the Society of Human Resources Management and Senior Professional in Human Resources by the HR Certification Institute.
VP & Global Brand President, <em>Lee</em>®
Chris Waldeck is VP & Global Brand President, Lee®. Waldeck is responsible for the brand's global business, including marketing, sales and distribution.
Prior to joining Kontoor Brands in 2019, Waldeck was President, Lee® and Rock & Republic®, North America for VF Corporation, where he managed the U.S. business for the brands. Before joining VF, Waldeck was with the Adidas Group as Vice President, General Manager for the Reebok brand, and was responsible for brand marketing, merchandising, public relations, finance and operations, while leading a growth platform across wholesale, retail and e-commerce channels.
Waldeck also held various roles with increasing responsibility at Cramer Products Inc. and Spalding Sports. He began his career at the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletes.
Waldeck holds a bachelor's degree in Business from Emporia State University.
VP & Global Brand President, <em>Wrangler</em>®
Tom Waldron is VP & Global Brand President, Wrangler®. Waldron is responsible for the brand’s global business, including marketing, sales and distribution.
Prior to joining Kontoor Brands in 2019, Waldron was President, Wrangler® and Riders by Lee®, North America for VF Corporation. Prior to that role, he was Vice President of Mass Brands and held various roles of increasing responsibility in merchandising, sales and operations.
Prior to joining VF in 1995, Waldron began his career with the Kmart Corporation, working in operations and buying across a number of categories.
Waldron earned a bachelor’s degree in Management from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro’s Bryan School of Business.