MIAMI: Guess & Co. Corporation announced its Board of Directors following their election at the Annual Meeting of Shareholders.
The following individuals were elected to the Board of Directors at the company’s Annual Meeting of Shareholders that was held on Friday, October 30, 2020.
- Mr. Jerry D. Guess, Chairman of the Board of Directors
- Ms. D. Michelle Stewart, Deputy Chairman of the Board of Directors
- Mr. James R. Jackson, Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors
- Mr. Mitchell M. Cohen, Lead Director of the Board of Directors
- Ms. Paris N. Smith, Director
- Ms. Kyra A. Anderson, Director
- Mr. Stephen T. Baldacci, Director
Mr. Guess has been a serial entrepreneur since the age of 13 years old. He partnered with others to launch Guess & Co. Corporation as a company focused on providing solutions to problems in communities throughout the U.S. and abroad. He is currently enrolled at Purdue University Global where he is pursuing a degree in Finance.
His business experience spans many areas including start-ups, finance, mergers, acquisitions, turnaround, restructuring, bankruptcy, reorganization, business development, strategic planning, marketing, public relations and community development. He successfully launched a for-profit social enterprise as senior deputy chairman and president. He also served as chairman and president of a midwestern general contractor.
Ms. Stewart joined the company as interim executive vice-president and managing director in 2017. She was then appointed interim executive vice-president and chief corporate officer. Ms. Stewart was the initial architect of the company’s strategy during its start-up phase. She was in charge of analyzing market and expansion opportunities. In late 2017 she became president of the company. Following a brief retirement, Ms. Stewart returned to Guess & Co. Corporation in February of 2019 to assume her role as deputy chairman.
Prior to joining Guess & Co. Corporation, she was a partner in a commercial finance company for small businesses. As deputy chairman of the board of directors, Ms. Stewart works closely with the chairman to oversee the board. Ms. Stewart is a member of the executive committee of the board of directors.
Mr. Jackson joined Guess & Co. Corporation initially as special adviser and worked closely with the board of directors and senior management on important matters. As a director and vice-chairman, Mr. Jackson is responsible for overseeing the governance of the company along with the chairman and deputy chairman. He is a member of the executive committee of the board of directors. Mr. Jackson is chairman of the nominating and governance committee of the board of directors, and a member of the audit committee of the board of directors.
Mr. Cohen is a seasoned executive and corporate director. Mr. Cohen is chief executive officer at Pursuit Management LLC. He served as chief financial officer of Athenian Venture Partners. He has more than 30 years of financial, operations and general business experience as a senior executive at several public and private companies.
Ms. Smith is a public sector professional. Ms. Smith served as initial and interim lead director of Guess & Co. Corporation at the company’s launch in 2017. Prior to Guess & Co. Corporation, Ms. Smith was lead director for a multi-million dollar diversified private holding company following her tenure as vice-chairman and secretary. Ms. Smith is an experienced business and cyber security professional with over a decade of experience. She completed studies at University of North Carolina at Charlotte before studying Network Security at ECPI College of Technology. She is a member of the audit and nominating and governance committees of the Guess & Co. Corporation Board of Directors. Ms. Smith was re-appointed to the board of directors in March of 2019.
Ms. Anderson is an experienced business professional. Ms. Anderson is currently deputy chairman, president and CEO of The Guess Corporation Holding Co., Inc. (TGC), a for-profit social enterprise company that operates businesses that provide second chance employment opportunities. She is also chairman and president of The Guess Construction Company, Ltd. which is a full-service general contractor. Prior to her business career, she was a performing music artist and model. She also owns an independent record label.
Ms. Anderson worked for Guess & Co. Corporation as vice-president, assistant secretary, and assistant treasurer in 2018. She has a keen understanding of the company’s operations. She was appointed to the board of directors in August of 2020. Ms. Anderson is a member of the nominating and governance committee and compensation committee of the Guess & Co. Corporation Board of Directors.
Mr. Baldacci is a seasoned business executive with a wealth of experience. Mr. Baldacci previously served as senior executive vice-president, chief corporate officer and group president of operations for the company. Mr. Baldacci served as president and chief marketing officer of The Washington Redskins, a professional team in the National Football League.
Mr. Baldacci was appointed to the Board of Directors in September of 2020. He is a member of the executive committee, nominating and governance committee and compensation committee of the board of directors.
Guess & Co. Corporation is an emerging global stewardship solutions company with energy, health care, technology and real estate businesses. Guess & Co. Corporation was founded in August of 2017. The management team of Guess & Co. Corporation has over 50 years of combined experience.