Former Tyson Foods Executive Brings Significant Operating and Finance Expertise and Proven Record of Building High Performance Teams and Iconic Brands
Fashion apparel retailer Express, Inc. (NYSE: EXPR) today announced that Stewart Glendinning has been appointed Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Express Board of Directors, effective September 15, 2023. Glendinning succeeds Tim Baxter, who has resigned as Chief Executive Officer and as a member of the Board. Baxter will be available as needed to support a smooth transition.
Glendinning brings to Express more than 20 years of experience in the consumer products industry and a proven record of operating excellence, financial discipline and building high-performing teams to grow iconic brands. He most recently served as Group President, Prepared Foods of Tyson Foods, Inc. In this role, he managed all aspects of the Prepared Foods portfolio, including renowned brands Jimmy Dean, Hillshire Farm and Ball Park, and guided the business to strong volume performance and market share gains across the retail brand portfolio. Previously, Glendinning was Chief Financial Officer of Tyson Foods and responsible for worldwide financial planning, finance and accounting functions.
“The Express Board is confident that Stewart is the right person to reinvigorate performance and build the strongest possible foundation on which Express can succeed,” said Mylle Mangum, Chairman of the Express Board. “He is a highly accomplished executive who will bring fresh thinking to the Company and our strategies for profitable growth. Stewart shares the Board’s belief that further operating improvements and greater financial discipline are needed to ensure that Express is best positioned to deliver significant, sustainable shareholder value.”
Glendinning said, “Express has an outstanding portfolio of brands, a high-potential partnership with WHP and a premier omnichannel platform. Through a keen focus on execution and cost discipline, I am confident that we can better capitalize on these differentiators, increase the Company’s financial strength and create shareholder value. I look forward to leveraging my experience and to working closely with the Board and Express team to drive value creation for all our stakeholders.”
Mangum added, “On behalf of the Board, I want to thank Tim for his contributions to Express. We wish him all the best in his future endeavors.”
Mr. Baxter’s resignation is unrelated to the Company’s accounting or financial reporting, and the Company reaffirms its guidance previously announced on September 6.
About Stewart Glendinning
Glendinning joins Express from Tyson Foods, where he most recently served as Group President, Prepared Foods. He previously served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Tyson Foods. As Chief Financial Officer of Tyson Foods, he was responsible for the worldwide finance and accounting functions of the Company and represented Tyson Foods on matters involving investors, banks, ratings agencies, auditors and other financial matters.
Earlier in his career, Glendinning served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Molson Coors International. He began his career at Molson Coors in 2005 as Chief Financial Officer for Molson Coors UK and subsequently held the positions of Chief Financial Officer for Molson Coors Brewing, President and Chief Executive Officer of the UK Business, and President and Chief Executive Officer of Molson Coors Canada.
Before joining Molson Coors in 2005, Glendinning worked with KPMG and then The Hackett Group, professional services companies where he held various senior audit and consulting roles.
He serves on the Board of Directors of The North West Company and has served with various organizations within the U.S. Naval Reserve.
Glendinning earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from the College of William and Mary and a law degree from the University of Miami.
EXPR is a multi-brand fashion retailer whose portfolio includes Express, Bonobos and UpWest. The Company operates an omnichannel platform as well as physical and online stores. Grounded in a belief that style, quality and value should all be found in one place, Express is a brand with a purpose - We Create Confidence. We Inspire Self-Expression. - powered by a styling community. Bonobos is a menswear brand known for exceptional fit and an innovative retail model. UpWest is an apparel, accessories and home goods brand with a purpose to Provide Comfort for People & Planet.
The Company has 530 Express retail and Express Factory Outlet stores in the United States and Puerto Rico, the Express.com online store and the Express mobile app; 60 Bonobos Guideshop locations and the Bonobos.com online store; and 11 UpWest retail stores and the UpWest.com online store. EXPR is traded on the NYSE under the symbol EXPR. For more information about our Company, please visit www.express.com/investor and for more information about our brands, please visit www.express.com, www.bonobos.com or www.upwest.com.
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