Renfro appoints new CEO

Staff report


The Renfro Corp. board of directors recently appointed a new CEO and president, the company announced last week.

Stan Jewell was tapped by the board to take the helm with the retirement of Bud Kilby, who has served in the CEO and president positions for 26 years. Kilby will retain his seat on the firm’s board of directors.

Jewell was appointed to the dual posts on June 26.

“Stan brings 26 years of global textile and apparel leadership experience spanning a variety of industries,” the company said in making the announcement. He most recently served as the president of VF Corporation’s Central & South America operations, headquartered in Santiago, Chile.

“Stan has an impressive track record of delivering exceptional growth and profitability in the organizations he has led. He is a strong innovative leader and is uniquely qualified to lead the company in its continued growth,” said Tom Wall, on behalf of Renfro Corp.’s board of directors.

“I am so excited to be joining Renfro, an organization with a rich history of success and one that is so respected within its industry,” Jewell said in a statement. “I have witnessed a vast amount of talent and capabilities within the company that we will leverage for continued success.”

Based in Mount Airy, Renfro has locations in Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina, New York, California, Mexico, Canada, China, India, Japan, Korea and Europe. The company employees about 500 people in Surry County, and 4.500 globally.

Renfro holds the exclusive sock license to many leading brands including Fruit of the Loom, Polo Ralph Lauren, New Balance, Dr. Scholl’s, Carhartt, Russell, Keds, Sperry, Vera Bradley and Merrell. The company also owns its own brands including KBell, Hot Sox and Copper Sole.

Jewell and his family have relocated to Winston-Salem.


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