Former President and CEO, Timberland Company
Jeff Swartz is the former president & CEO of Timberland, having worked in virtually every functional area of the company since 1986. The company grew rapidly under the leadership of Mr. Swartz and was consistently ranked as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work for in America, by Fortune magazine. In 2002, Timberland received the Ron Brown Award, a Presidential honor recognizing outstanding corporate leadership and social responsibility.
As President & Chief Executive Officer, Jeffrey Swartz oversaw all operations of the Timberland Company, a $1.09 billion global footwear, apparel and accessories brand. Since joining Timberland in 1986, Swartz served as chief operating officer, executive vice president, senior vice president of international sales and marketing, vice president of operations and manufacturing, general manager of finance, and general manager of Europe. Swartz developed a Social Enterprise department at Timberland, and created a program where all employees receive 40 hours of paid leave to perform community service. This, and many other innovative Timberland programs, led to the Company’s selection as one of Fortune magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” in 1997.
Mr. Swartz was at the forefront of Timberland’s groundbreaking private/public partnership with City Year. He joined the City Year Board in 1989 and was the chair of the Board from 1994-2003. Inspired by the young people who invest a year of their life putting idealism to work, in 1992 Mr. Swartz initiated a Social Enterprise Department at Timberland, which includes the Path of Service program for employees, through which Timberland employees receive 40 hours paid leave each year for community service.
In addition to City Year, Mr. Swartz serves on the Board of Directors for Share Our Strength and Honest Tea, and he is a member of the World Economic Forum and the Two/Ten Foundation. He received his undergraduate degree from Brown University and received his master’s degree in business administration from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth University.