– USA, NC – HanesBrands (NYSE: HBI) today announced the appointment of Colin Browne, Natasha Chand, and John Mehas to its Board as Independent Directors, effective immediately.
“We are pleased to welcome Colin, Natasha and John as independent directors to the HanesBrands Board. They bring important relevant experience in retail, consumer brands and operations, and we look forward to gaining their insights as the Company continues to focus on driving improved performance and pursues key ongoing initiatives including the evaluation of alternatives for the global Champion business. We are confident the addition of these directors in combination with our current directors brings together diverse perspectives that will be beneficial as the Company continues to take actions to drive accelerated growth and profitability.” said Board Chairman, Ron Nelson.
About Colin Browne
Colin Browne is an international brand executive with over 40 years of industry experience across footwear, apparel, and accessories. Most recently, Mr. Browne served as COO of Under Armour from January 2020 to November 2023. During his tenure at Under Armour, which he joined in 2016, Mr. Browne also served as Interim CEO and President from June 2022 to February 2023 and CSCO from 2017 to 2020. He was an integral part of the company’s successful transformation and is credited with modernizing Under Armour’s digital go-to-market strategy and implementing supply chain capabilities that enabled the company to amplify profit margins and operating efficiency despite recent global supply challenges. Before his time at Under Armour, Mr. Browne was the Managing Director of Asia Sourcing for V.F. Corporation, one of the world’s largest apparel, footwear, and accessories companies, that owns iconic labels including The North Face, Timberland, and Vans. Throughout his career, Mr. Browne has held roles of increasing responsibilities at several leading organizations, including Li & Fung USA, Pentland Brands, Wongpaitoon Group, Reebok, and Bally Shoes. Mr Browne currently serves as a board member of Worldly (Higg), a group that provides businesses with the insights needed for impact improvement, compliance, and disclosure. He is also Co-Chairman of the Digital Supply Chain Institute.
About Natasha Chand
Natasha Chand is a consumer business and technology executive with over 25 years of experience building and leading consumer brands globally. Ms. Chand is the Principal at NoBo, LLC, an advisory services firm that focuses on digitally and operationally transforming early-stage and Fortune 500 companies. From 2016 to 2021, Ms. Chand served as a co-founder and the Global CEO of Amazon’s Softlines Private Brands, where she both conceptualized and scaled several brands, including Amazon Essentials, into the top ten fashion brands in Amazon’s stores. Before joining Amazon in 2014, Ms. Chand was the EVP of Menswear at Target Australia, a leading Australian value-oriented retailer. From 2005-2012, she held multiple senior leadership roles at Levi Strauss & Co., one of the world’s largest brand-name apparel companies, including VP of Corporate Development. Ms. Chand began her career with McKinsey & Company. She currently serves as an Independent Board Director of Fair Trade USA, the leading certifier of fair trade products in North America. Ms. Chand holds an MBA from Stanford University and an HBA in Business Administration from the Ivey Business School at the University of Western Ontario.
About John Mehas
John Mehas is a highly experienced retail leader with over 30 years of building global brands and a proven track record of driving shareholder value through creative leadership. Mr. Mehas currently serves as CEO of Vineyard Vines, LLC. Before joining Vineyard Vines, LLC, he served as CEO of Victoria’s Secret Lingerie, having led the turnaround of one of the world’s most iconic brands from 2019 to 2021. Mr. Mehas served as President of Tory Burch, LLC from 2017 to 2019, CEO and President of Club Monaco from 2001 to 2017, and Group President of Ralph Lauren Kids from 2015 to 2017 within the Polo Ralph Lauren Corporation, where he led the multi-tiered, bespoke global lifestyle brand. He held a variety of key Senior Merchandising roles at GAP, Inc. where he was instrumental in driving one of its highest growth periods. Mr. Mehas began his career at the iconic Bloomingdales, rising to SVP of Merchandising and DMM positions. Mr. Mehas is a Board member of Prior, an innovative travel experience company. He is an active supporter of the Hudson Guild, serving Manhattan’s West Side and Chelsea community.
Mr. Mehas holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from The University of Toledo.
HanesBrands makes everyday apparel that is known and loved by consumers around the world for comfort, quality, and value. Among the company’s iconic brands are Hanes, the leading basic apparel brand in the United States; Champion, an innovator at the intersection of lifestyle and athletic apparel; and Bonds, which is setting new standards for design and sustainability. HBI employs 51,000 associates in 32 countries and has built a strong reputation for workplace quality and ethical business practices. The company, a longtime leader in sustainability, has set aggressive 2030 goals to improve the lives of people, protect the planet, and produce sustainable products. HBI is building on its unmatched strengths to unlock its #FullPotential and deliver long-term growth that benefits all of its stakeholders.
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