HanesBrands announced that William Simon had been appointed to the company’s board of directors.

With the appointment of Simon, whose term runs until its 2022 annual meeting of stockholders, the company’s board has 10 members. Simon will serve on the board’s audit committee.

“Bill brings extensive experience leading complex organizations and building global brands,” said Steve Bratspies, CEO, HanesBrands. “His knowledge of retail and consumer goods will be extremely valuable as we unlock growth by delivering innovative products and creating a seamless consumer experience.”

Simon is a senior advisor to the investment firm KKR & Co. and president of WSS Venture Holdings, LLC. From 2010 to 2014, he served as president and CEO of Walmart U.S. Before that, he was chief operating officer of Walmart U.S. He joined the company in 2006 as executive vice president of professional services and new business development.

Simon has also held senior executive positions at Brinker International Inc., Diageo North America Inc. and Cadbury Schweppes plc. He also served as secretary of the Florida Department of Management Services and 25 years in the U.S. Navy and Naval Reserves. He currently serves on the Board of Darden Restaurants Inc.

HanesBrands’ brands include Hanes, Champion and Bonds.

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