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Jeffrey Swartz, president and chief executive officer of The Timberland Company
Jeffrey Swartz is the third generation of the Swartz family to lead Timberland. His grandfather started the predecessor company to Timberland in 1952, and his father and uncle launched the Timberland brand in the early 1970s. He was promoted to President and CEO in 1998, after working in virtually every area of the company since 1986. Under his leadership, Timberland has grown rapidly, from $156 million in 1989 to nearly $1.3 billion in 2003. Timberland today is a global leader in the design, engineering and marketing of premium-quality footwear, apparel and accessories.
Mr. Swartz leads an organization that believes that doing well and doing good are inextricably linked, and is committed to delivering extraordinary, sustainable results for shareholders, employees, customers, suppliers, and consumers worldwide. Timberland has consistently been named one of Fortune magazine’s 100 Best Companies To Work For in America and, in 2002, received the Ron Brown Award—a Presidential award recognizing outstanding corporate leadership in social responsibility.
Mr. Swartz is one of 19 founding CEOs selected for President Bush’s task force on national service called Business Strengthening America. He is on the board of directors for Share Our Strength, an anti-hunger organization, and Honest Tea, a natural and organic tea company known for its sustainable business practices and community partnerships. In addition, Mr. Swartz is a member of the World Economic Forum and the Two/Ten Foundation, an organization providing charitable funds and services to individuals in the footwear industry. In 2002, he received the Two/Ten Foundation’s T. Kenyon Holly Memorial Award for Humanitarian Achievement.
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