Levi Strauss & Co. announced leadership changes to its Board today – Stephen C. Neal, current board chair, will be stepping down from the position on March 26, 2021, after reaching the mandatory board retirement age of 72. The board has unanimously appointed Robert “Bob” A. Eckert to succeed Neal as board chair.
“It has been an honor to lead the Levi Strauss & Co. Board over the last decade,” Stephen said. “As I step down from this role, I have great confidence that Bob will continue to bring a high standard, invaluable perspective and strong leadership that will help the management drive outsized performance over the coming years.”
Stephen has served on the LS&Co. Board as a director since 2007 and as Board chair since September 2011.
“Steve has been instrumental to our successful turnaround over the last decade, guiding us through countless strategic decisions and supporting our commitment to our values every step of the way,” said Chip Bergh, President and Chief Executive Officer of LS&Co. “As Steve retires as Board chair, we are lucky to have Bob step into this role. Bob has decades of experience leading other global companies as a CEO and Board member, including serving on our Board since 2010. He understands our business, our strategies and our vision and is the ideal person to lead us into the future.”