president and CEO, Timberland Company
eff Swartz is the third generation of the Swartz family to lead Timberland. His grandfather Nathan started the predecessor company to Timberland in 1952. Jeff’s father Sidney and his uncle Herman launched the Timberland® brand in the early 1970s. Jeff was promoted to President and CEO in 1998, after working in virtually every functional area of the company since 1986. Under Jeff’s leadership, Timberland has grown rapidly, from $156 million in 1989 to $1.3 billion in 2009. Timberland today competes in countries around the world, designing, manufacturing and marketing footwear, apparel and accessories for men, women and children. Today, Jeff leads an organization that believes that doing well and doing good are inextricably linked. Timberland struggles every working day to demonstrate that the business of business is to deliver results for shareholders, employees, customers, suppliers, and consumers worldwide while demonstrating best practices, measurable impact and sustainable programs. At the center of this commitment to be accountable to all stakeholders is Timberland’s commitment to reducing global warming and preserving the outdoor environment.