President, Chief Executive Officer & Chair of the Board
Scott Baxter is President & Chief Executive Officer of Kontoor Brands, Inc. He also serves as the Chair 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 serves on the Board of Directors of Callaway Golf Company, a premium golf equipment and active lifestyle company.
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 also serves as the honorary chairman of the PGA TOUR’s 2020 and 2021 Wyndham Championship.
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.
Lead Independent Director
Robert Shearer is Lead Independent Director. He previously served as Chair of Kontoor Brands from the company’s inception in 2019 to August 2021. 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.
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.
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Robert Lynch is President and Chief Executive Officer of Papa John’s International, Inc. He was appointed to this role in August 2019. Lynch has more than two decades of experience in the quick-service restaurant and consumer packaged goods industries, along with a strong track record of guiding organizations through strategic transformations.
Prior to joining Papa John’s, Lynch served as President of Arby’s Restaurant Group since 2017 and as Brand President and Chief Marketing Officer from 2013 to 2017. Prior to Arby’s, he served as Vice President of Marketing at Taco Bell. Previous leadership experience includes senior roles at HJ Heinz Company and Procter Gamble.
Lynch received a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science and a M.B.A. from the University of Rochester.
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Mark Schiller has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of The Hain Celestial Group, Inc., since November 2018 and as a member of the company’s Board of Directors since December 2019.
Prior to joining The Hain Celestial Group, Schiller spent eight years with Pinnacle Foods, Inc., serving most recently as Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, leading the grocery and frozen segments and key commercial functions. During his tenure with Pinnacle Foods, Schiller progressed through roles of increasing responsibility across the company’s Retail, Birds Eye Frozen and Duncan Hines Grocery divisions. Before joining Pinnacle Foods, he spent eight years at PepsiCo, Inc., in several leadership roles, including Senior Vice President of Frito Lay New Ventures, President of Quaker Foods and Snacks North America, and Senior Vice President and General Manager of Frito Lay Convenience Foods Division. He also held senior roles with Tutor Time Learning Systems, Inc., Valley Recreation Products, Inc., and the Quaker Oats Company.
Schiller received a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Tulane University and a Master of Business Administration from Columbia University.
Shelley Stewart, Jr.
Shelley Stewart was previously the Chief Procurement Officer and held responsibility for real estate and facility services at E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co. from 2012 until his retirement in 2018. Prior to joining DuPont, Stewart held leadership positions in supply chain and procurement at Tyco International, Invensys PLC, Raytheon Company and United Technologies Corporation.
Stewart currently serves on the Board of Otis Worldwide where he is also on the Audit Committee and Nomination and Governance Committee. He is chairman of the Billion Dollar Roundtable Inc., a top-level advocacy organization that promotes corporate supplier diversity. Stewart is on the Board of Trustees for Howard University as well as chairing the board of visitors for the school of business. Stewart is also on the board of governors for the University of New Haven. He previously served on the board of directors for Cleco Corporation.
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.
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