The terms of Arnold W. Donald, Rebecca C. Matthias and John F. Ward
will expire at the annual meeting, and each of these directors has been nominated for reelection at the annual meeting, to serve until the annual meeting of stockholders in 2009 and until their successors have been duly elected and qualified.
...John F. Ward
...Mr. Ward was elected President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company effective March 31, 1998, and Chairman of the Board of Directors effective April 22, 1998, and presently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer.Prior to being elected to such positions, Mr. Ward was President of J. F. Ward Group, Inc., a consulting firm specializing in the domestic and international apparel and textile industries, from 1996 to 1998.Prior to that time, Mr. Ward was Chief Executive Officer of the Hanes Group and Senior Vice President of Sara Lee Corporation.Mr. Ward is a member of the executive committee of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce and a member of the advisory board of the Robert C. Goizueta Business School at Emory University. Mr. Ward is a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors.
...As a result of this review, the Board of Directors affirmatively determined that, other than Mr. Ward, the Company's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, none of the directors has a material relationship with the Company or any relationship that would preclude his or her independence under the listing standards of the New York Stock Exchange.