who we are
Vanessa J. Castagna
Vanessa J. Castagna, a director since 2007, led Mervyns LLC department stores as its executive chairwoman of the board from 2005 until early 2007. Prior to Mervyns LLC, Ms. Castagna served as chairman and chief executive officer of JC Penney Stores, Catalog and Internet from 2002 through 2004. She joined JC Penney in 1999 as chief operating officer, and was both president and Chief Operating Officer of JC Penney Stores, Catalog and Internet in 2001. Ms. Castagna was selected to serve on the board due to her extensive retail leadership experience. She brings to the board a valuable perspective on the retail and wholesale business. Ms. Castagna is currently a director of SpeedFC and Carter’s Inc.
Troy Alstead, a director since April 2012, is Chief Operating Officer for Starbucks Corporation, a role he assumed as of February 2014. Mr. Alstead was most recently Group President and Chief Financial Officer from September 2013 until his promotion to his current role. From November 2008 to September 2013, Mr. Alstead was Chief Financial Officer and Chief Administrative Officer of Starbucks. He joined Starbucks in 1992, previously serving as Chief Operating Officer, Starbucks Greater China from April 2008 to October 2008, Senior Vice President, Global Finance and Business Operations from August 2007 to April 2008, and Senior Vice President, Corporate Finance from September 2004 to August 2007. Mr. Alstead served in a number of other senior positions with Starbucks prior to 2004. Mr. Alstead brings to the board his broad financial and business perspective developed over many years in the global consumer goods industry.
Stephen C. Neal
Spencer Fleischer, a director since July 2013, is a co-founder and president of Friedman Fleischer & Lowe, LLC, (FFL) a private equity firm that invests in middle-market companies and provides substantial strategic and operating expertise to assist management in growing earnings. Before co-founding FFL in 1997, Mr. Fleischer spent 19 years at Morgan Stanley & Company as an investment banker and senior leader. During his time at Morgan Stanley, he led business units across the globe, including serving as Head of Investment Banking in Asia, Head of Corporate Finance for Europe and Head of Corporate Finance in San Francisco. Mr. Fleischer currently serves as a Director of AmericanWest Bank, Strategic Investment Group and Wilton Re Holdings Limited. Mr. Fleischer brings to the board more than 35 years of financial and operational expertise as well as a deep understanding of international markets.
Robert A. Eckert
Robert A. Eckert, a director since May 2010, served as Chairman of the Board of Mattel, Inc. from May 2000 until December 2012, and was Chief Executive Officer from May 2000 until December 2011. He previously worked for Kraft Foods, Inc. for 23 years, most recently as President and Chief Executive Officer from October 1997 until May 2000. From 1995 to 1997, Mr. Eckert was Group Vice President of Kraft Foods, Inc., and from 1993 to 1995, Mr. Eckert was President of the Oscar Mayer foods division of Kraft Foods, Inc. Mr. Eckert was selected to join the board due to his experience as a senior executive engaged with the dynamics of building global consumer brands through high performance expectations, integrity, and decisiveness in driving businesses to successful results. Mr. Eckert has also been a director of McDonald’s Corporation since 2003 and a director of Amgen, Inc. since December 2012.
Peter E. Haas Jr.
Peter E. Haas Jr., a director since 1985, is a director or trustee of each of the Levi Strauss Foundation, Red Tab Foundation, Joanne and Peter Haas Jr. Fund, Walter and Elise Haas Fund and the Novato Youth Center Honorary Board, a Trustee Emeritus of the San Francisco Foundation, and he is Vice President of the Peter E. Haas Jr. Fund. Mr. Haas was one of our managers from 1972 to 1989. He was Director of Product Integrity of The Jeans Company, one of our former operating units, from 1984 to 1989. He served as Director of Materials Management for Levi Strauss USA in 1982 and Vice President and General Manager in the Menswear Division in 1980. Mr. Haas’ background in numerous operational roles specific to the Company and his familial connection to the Company’s founder enable him to engage in board deliberations with valuable insight and experience.
Patricia Salas Pineda
Patricia Salas Pineda, a director since 1991, is currently Group Vice President, National Philanthropy and the Toyota USA Foundation for Toyota Motor North America, Inc., an affiliate of one of the world’s largest automotive firms. Ms. Pineda joined Toyota Motor North America, Inc. in September 2004 as Group Vice President of Corporate Communications and General Counsel. Prior to that, Ms. Pineda was Vice President of Legal, Human Resources and Government Relations and Corporate Secretary of New United Motor Manufacturing, Inc. with which she was associated since 1984. Ms. Pineda was selected as a member of the board to bring her expertise in government relations and regulatory oversight, corporate governance and human resources matters. Her long tenure on the board also provides valuable historical perspective. She is currently a member of the corporate advisory board of the National Council of La Raza, and a member of the board of advisors of Catalyst.
Miriam L. Haas
Miriam L. Haas is President of the Mimi and Peter Haas Fund, a position she has held since August 1981. Mrs. Haas is Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees and Chair of the Painting and Sculpture Acquisitions Committee of the New York Museum of Modern Art, Vice Chair of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, a member of the National Advisory Board of the Haas Center for Public Service at Stanford University, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a member of the Global Philanthropists Circle. Mrs. Haas was a director of The Terry Sanford Institute for Public Policy at Duke University, the San Francisco Symphony, the San Francisco University High School, Summerbridge National, and Children Now. In addition, Mrs. Haas served on the Company’s Board from 2004 to 2006. Mrs. Haas brings to the Board her long and deep knowledge of the Company and her extensive experience in corporate citizenship endeavors.
Jill Beraud, a director since February 2013, is currently chief executive officer of Living Proof, a position she has held since January 2011. Prior to Living Proof, Ms. Beraud served as PepsiCo Americas Beverages Chief Marketing Officer and President, Starbucks/Lipton Joint Ventures from July 2009 to June 2011, and PepsiCo’s Global Chief Marketing Officer from December 2008 to July 2009. From 1998 to 2005, Ms. Beraud held several leadership roles at Limited Brands, including chief marketing officer of Victoria’s Secret and executive vice president of marketing for its broader portfolio of specialty brands, including Bath & Body Works, C.O. Bigelow, Express, Henri Bendel, and Limited Stores. Ms. Beraud is also a director of New York & Company, Inc. Ms. Beraud brings to the board extensive marketing and consumer branding experience, as well as her extensive managerial and operational knowledge in the apparel and other consumer goods industries.
Fernando Aguirre, a director since October 2010, is formerly Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of Chiquita Brands International, Inc., a position he held from 2004 until October 2012. From 1980 to 2004, Mr. Aguirre served The Procter & Gamble Company (“P&G”) in various capacities, including as President of P&G’s Global Snacks and U.S. Food Products business, President of Global Feminine Care and President of Special Projects. Mr. Aguirre brings to the board his experiences as a leader of large, global consumer brands, and his skills in translating consumer insights into strategies that drive growth across cultures. Mr. Aguirre is also currently a director of Aetna, Inc.