Board of Directors
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Robert Shearer has served as Chairman of Kontoor Brands since the company’s inception in 2019. Shearer brings extensive management expertise to the Board of Directors, including a range of leadership experience at VF Corporation. From 2005 to 2015, Shearer served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of VF Corporation, and from 1986 to 2005, served in various other roles of increasing responsibility at VF Corporation, including Vice President-Finance and Chief Financial Officer and Vice President-Controller. For two years, he was President of VF's Outdoor Coalition, which was formed with the acquisition of The North Face® brand. Prior to joining VF Corporation, Shearer was a Senior Audit Manager for Ernst and Young.
Since 2008, Shearer has served on the board of directors of Church & Dwight Co, Inc., a household products manufacturer, where he currently chairs the audit committee. He previously served on the board of directors of The Fresh Market, Inc., a specialty grocery chain.
Shearer holds a B.S. in Accounting from Catawba College.
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.
Baxter holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Toledo and an M.B.A. from Northwestern University's Kellogg Graduate School of Management.
Kathleen Barclay was previously Chief Human Resources Officer and Senior Vice President of The Kroger Co., a $110B grocery retail company, from 2010 until her retirement in late 2015. Prior to joining The Kroger Co., Barclay served in several leadership roles at General Motors Corporation, including Senior Vice President of Global Human Resources. She also currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors for Five Below.
Barclay earned a bachelor's degree in Business from Michigan State University and a Master of Business Administration from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is a three-time recipient of Automotive News' 100 Leading Women, a recipient of the MSU Distinguished Alumni award, and has been named to Human Resource Executive magazine's HR Honor Roll. In 2013, Katy was the recipient of the YWCA's Career Woman of Achievement Award.
Richard Carucci has served on the Board of Directors since the company’s inception in 2019. Prior to joining the Board of Directors for Kontoor Brands, Inc., Carucci has served on the Board of Directors for VF Corporation for nearly 10 years. Carucci brings extensive knowledge from his more than 20 years of experience in international finance and general management. He previously served as President of Yum! Brands, Inc. (previously named Tricon Global Restaurants) from 2012 until his retirement in 2014, after advancing from his initial role as Chief Financial Officer. Carucci joined Yum! Brands in 1997 and held a series of finance positions, including Chief Financial Officer, prior to being appointed President in 2012.
Graduating magna cum laude, Carucci received his bachelor’s degree in Applied Mathematics-economics from Brown University. He obtained his M.B.A. from the University of California’s Berkeley Haas School of Business.
Juliana Chugg has served on the Board of Directors since the company’s inception in 2019. Prior to joining the Board of Directors for Kontoor Brands, Inc., Chugg has served on the Board of Directors for VF Corporation for nearly 10 years. Chugg was previously the Global Core Brands Officer of Mattel, Inc., a worldwide leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of toys and family products. She also spent nearly 20 years at General Mills, Inc. in a series of leadership roles. Chugg brings extensive board experience, having also served as a director of H.B. Fuller Company and Promina Group Ltd.
Chugg graduated from the University of South Australia with a bachelor’s degree in Business.
Shelley Stewart was previously the Chief Procurement Officer at E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co. from 2012 until his retirement in 2018. Stewart played a significant role in the DowDuPont merger by helping to deliver synergy savings and standing up two new organizations in support of spinning into three standalone world class companies. Prior to joining DuPont, Stewart held leadership positions in supply chain and procurement at Tyco International, Invensys PLC, Raytheon Company and United Technologies Corporation. He also has served on the Board of Directors for Cleco Corporation and Howard University.
Stewart holds bachelor's and master's degrees in Criminal Justice from Northeastern University and received a Master of Business Administration from the University of New Haven. He received the first-ever Chief Procurement Officer of the Year award from the National Minority Supplier Development Council and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Procurement Leaders Network. Black Enterprise and Savoy magazine named him one of the "100 Most Powerful Executives in Corporate America."
Rich Williams was appointed to the Kontoor Brands Board of Directors in June of 2019. Williams is Groupon’s Chief Executive Officer and a member of Groupon’s Board of Directors. During his eight-year tenure at Groupon, he has served as Chief Operating Officer, President of North America and Senior Vice President of Marketing. Prior to joining Groupon, Mr. Williams held a variety of marketing leadership roles of increasing responsibility at Amazon and spent nearly seven years in leadership positions at Experian in both sales and marketing.
Williams graduated from the University of Southern California.