Board of Directors
Robert J. Bishop - Independent Director
Mr. Bishop founded Impala Asset Management LLC, a private investment management company, in 2004 and is the Managing Principal of the firm and manages the Impala, Waterbuck, Alpha and Resource Funds and other managed accounts. From 2002 to 2003, he was Chief Investment Officer at Soros Fund Management overseeing the Quantum Endowment Fund. From 1998 to 2002, he was a principal at Maverick Capital. Mr. Bishop was a portfolio manager at Kingdon Capital from 1995 to 1998 and from 1992 to 1995 he was a managing director of Tiger Management. From 1986 to 1992, Mr. Bishop was an equity analyst at Salomon Brothers and, from 1980 to 1984, he worked as a legislative assistant/director for Congressmen Toby Roth and Don Ritter.
Mr. Bishop brings valuable financial and managerial expertise to the Board of Directors through his extensive experience in investment and asset management. He has served as a member of the Board of Directors since 2016.
Albert P. Carey – Independent Director
Mr. Carey currently serves as chief executive officer of PepsiCo North America, a role he has held since March 2016. A 36-year PepsiCo veteran with experience across snacks and beverages, he is responsible for leading North America Beverages, Frito-Lay North America and Quaker Foods North America. Prior to this role, he was chief executive officer of North America Beverages, where he was responsible for overseeing all aspects of PepsiCo’s beverage business across North America. Mr. Carey joined PepsiCo in 1981 after working at The Procter & Gamble Company. Mr. Carey also serves on the board of directors of The Home Depot, Inc. and The Food Marketing Institute.
Mr. Carey brings valuable managerial and operational expertise to the Board of Directors through his extensive experience leading multiple lines of business in consumer product companies. He began serving as a member of the Board of Directors in 2018.
Thomas H. Caudle, Jr. – Director, President and Chief Operating Officer
Mr. Caudle has served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Unifi since August 2017. Previously, he was President of Unifi from April 2016 to August 2017, Vice President of Manufacturing of Unifi from October 2006 to April 2016 and Vice President of Global Operations of Unifi from April 2003 to October 2006. Mr. Caudle joined Unifi in 1982 and, since that time, has served in a variety of other leadership roles, including Senior Vice President in charge of manufacturing and Vice President of Manufacturing Services.
Mr. Caudle’s more than 30 years of experience with Unifi give him a comprehensive knowledge of the company and the textile industry. He also brings important managerial and operational expertise to the Board of Directors. Mr. Caudle has served as a member of the Board of Directors since 2016.
Paul R. Charron – Independent Director
Mr. Charron has been a management consultant since 2007. He served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Liz Claiborne Inc., a global fashion company, from 1996 to 2006 and was President and Chief Executive Officer in 1995 and Vice Chairman and Chief Operating Officer in 1994. Before joining Liz Claiborne Inc., Mr. Charron held executive positions with each of V.F. Corporation (between 1988 and 1994), Brown & Bigelow (between 1983 and 1987) and Cannon Mills Company (between 1981 and 1983), after beginning his business career in positions with The Procter & Gamble Company (1971 to 1978) and General Foods Corporation (1979 to 1981). Mr. Charron served as a director of Campbell Soup Company from 2003 to 2015 and as Chairman of its board of directors from 2009 to 2015. He served as Senior Advisor at Warburg Pincus, a global private equity firm, from 2008 to 2012. Mr. Charron has also been a member of Escada SE’s (Germany) Supervisory Board since 2013.
Mr. Charron brings to the Board of Directors extensive experience in a number of critical areas, including leadership, strategic management and corporate strategy. Mr. Charron also brings to the Board of Directors valuable experience with global consumer product companies. He has served as a member of the Board of Directors since 2016.
Archibald Cox, Jr. – Lead Independent Director
Mr. Cox has served as Chairman of Sextant Group, Inc., a financial advisory and private equity firm, since 1993. Mr. Cox is the former Chairman of Barclays Americas, a position he held from May 2008 to June 2011. Mr. Cox was a director of Hutchinson Technology Incorporated from May 1996 to September 2009. He was also Chairman of Magnequench, Inc., a manufacturer of magnetic material, from September 2005 to September 2006 and President and Chief Executive Officer from October 1995 to August 2005. Mr. Cox was Chairman of Neo Material Technologies Inc., a manufacturer of rare earth, zirconium and magnetic materials, from September 2005 to September 2006. Mr. Cox also serves on the boards of several private companies and as Chairman of two of these companies. Since July 2012, Mr. Cox has served on the board of trustees of St. Paul’s School, a secondary educational institution located in Concord, New Hampshire, where he currently serves as board president.
Mr. Cox brings to the Board of Directors executive decision-making skills, operating and management experience, expertise in finance, and investment and business development experience. In addition, Mr. Cox brings to the Board of Directors considerable experience with financial and strategic planning matters critical to the oversight of Unifi’s financial reporting, compensation practices and business strategy implementation. He has served as a member of the Board of Directors since 2008.
Kevin D. Hall – Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Hall has served as Chief Executive Officer of Unifi since May 2017 and as Chairman of the Board of Directors since October 2017. Prior to joining Unifi, Mr. Hall served as Chief Executive Officer of NatPets LLC, a high-growth natural/organic premium pet company, from September 2016 to May 2017. From 2014 to 2015, Mr. Hall was President and Chief Executive Officer of Geneva Watch Group, a global fashion watch and accessories business. Between 2012 and 2014, Mr. Hall ran the KDH Advisory Group where he served as a consultant/advisor to a number of companies, including Pact at Revelry Brands, Vogue International, Inmar, Inc. and TCS Education System. From 2006 to 2011, he served as Chief Marketing Officer at Hanesbrands Inc. and then was promoted to President of the Outerwear strategic business unit of Hanesbrands Inc., a business unit that included Champion Activewear, Just My Size and Hanes Casualwear. From 2001 to 2006, Mr. Hall was Senior Vice President of Marketing at Fidelity Investments Retirement Services Company. Prior to that, he held various brand marketing and general manager positions at The Procter & Gamble Company from 1985 to 2001.
Mr. Hall brings to the Board of Directors more than 30 years of strategic marketing and brand development experience. In addition, Mr. Hall brings to the Board of Directors his substantial leadership and managerial experience in the apparel industry. He has served as a member of the Board of Directors since 2017.
James M. Kilts – Independent Director
Mr. Kilts is the founding partner of Centerview Capital, a private equity firm which was founded in 2006. Mr. Kilts served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Gillette Company from 2001, and as President from 2003, until it merged with The Procter & Gamble Company in 2005, at which time he became Vice Chairman of The Procter & Gamble Company. Prior to Gillette, Mr. Kilts served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Nabisco Group Holdings Corporation from 1998 until its acquisition by the Philip Morris Companies in 2000. Before joining Nabisco, Mr. Kilts was an Executive Vice President of the Philip Morris Companies from 1994 to 1997 and headed the Worldwide Food Group. In that role, Mr. Kilts was responsible for integrating Kraft and General Foods and for shaping the group’s domestic and international strategy. Mr. Kilts has served as a member of the board of directors of MetLife, Inc. since 2005, Pfizer Inc. since 2007 and The Simply Good Foods Company (formerly known as Conyers Park Acquisition Corp.) since 2016. Mr. Kilts was also Chairman of Nielsen Holdings N.V. until 2013, Chairman of Nielsen Company B.V. until 2014, Chairman of Big Heart Pet Brands until 2015 and a director of MeadWestvaco Corporation until 2014 and Nielsen Holdings plc until August 2017.
As Chief Executive Officer of Gillette and Nabisco and as Vice Chairman of Procter & Gamble, Mr. Kilts developed valuable business, leadership and strategic management skills, including expertise in cost management, value creation and resource allocation, which he brings to the Board of Directors. Mr. Kilts also brings to the Board of Directors valuable experience with consumer businesses. He has served as a member of the Board of Directors since 2016.
Kenneth G. Langone – Independent Director
Mr. Langone has been President and Chief Executive Officer of Invemed Associates LLC, an investment banking firm, since 1974. From 2011 to 2013, he served as Chief Executive Officer, President and Chairman of Geeknet, Inc., a retailer of a wide range of products aimed at technology enthusiasts. Mr. Langone was a co-founder, and served as a director from 1978 to 2008, of The Home Depot, Inc. Mr. Langone was a director of ChoicePoint Inc. from 2002 to 2008, Geeknet, Inc. from 2010 to 2015, General Electric Company from 1999 to 2005 and YUM! Brands, Inc. from 1997 to 2012.
Mr. Langone brings to the Board of Directors extensive operating and management experience, including as Chief Executive Officer of a financial services business, financial expertise, and public company directorship and committee experience. In addition, Mr. Langone’s extensive service on the Board of Directors provides a valuable historical perspective through which it can contextualize and direct Unifi’s performance and strategic planning. He has served as a member of the Board of Directors since 1969.
James D. Mead – Independent Director
Mr. Mead is the founder, owner and President of James Mead & Company, a Connecticut-based executive search and management consulting firm. Since founding James Mead & Company in 1988, Mr. Mead has handled executive search and management consulting assignments for numerous major publicly held companies and for several portfolio companies of major private equity firms. Prior to that, Mr. Mead held several positions with The Procter & Gamble Company from 1970 to 1984, including serving as the head of Procter & Gamble’s worldwide sales personnel and as a multi-division manager in Europe and North America.
Mr. Mead brings to the Board of Directors extensive experience in a number of critical areas, including leadership and strategic management. He has served as a member of the Board of Directors since 2015.
Suzanne M. Present – Independent Director
Ms. Present is a co-founder and has been a principal of Gladwyne Partners, LLC, a private partnership fund manager, since 1998. She has also served, since 2014, as executive director of Ken’s Krew, Inc., a non-profit organization that provides training and other support services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to assist with entering the workforce. Ms. Present currently serves on the board of directors of Anshe Chung Studios, Limited, a privately held Chinese-based developer of content for virtual worlds, and she served on the board of directors of Geeknet, Inc. until 2010.
Through her experiences at Gladwyne Partners and service on various boards of directors, Ms. Present developed extensive financial expertise important to the oversight of Unifi’s audit functions and analysis of business strategies. She has served as a member of the Board of Directors since 2011.