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Fresh Market adds 2 retail vets to board


The CEO of Carter's Inc. and the former CFO of V.F. Corp. have joined the board of directors at the Fresh Market.

Michael D. Casey, CEO and a director of Carter’s Inc., and Robert K. Shearer, formerly CFO of V.F. Corp., have been named as independent directors effective May 1. With these additions, the Fresh Market’s Board has nine directors, eight of whom are independent directors.

Ray Berry, Chairman of the Board, said: “We are pleased to welcome Mike and Bob, two experienced leaders of high profile consumer growth and branded companies, to our Board of Directors. We believe they will bring valuable perspectives to the Board, and we look forward to leveraging their knowledge and insight as The Fresh Market moves towards the next level of growth and profitability.”

Casey has served as CEO and a director of Carter’s Inc., the largest branded marketer in the United States of apparel exclusively for babies and young children, since 2008, and as chairman of its board of directors since 2009. Casey joined Carter’s in 1993 and has held a variety of senior executive positions during his tenure with the company.

Shearer served as SVP/CFO of V.F. Corporation, a global leader in the design, manufacturing, marketing and distribution of branded lifestyle apparel, footwear and accessories with such brands as The North Face, Vans, Timberland, and Wrangler, from 2005 until his recent retirement. Prior to that, he served in a number of financial roles at the company,.

As of April 30, the Fresh Market operates 168 stores in 27 states across the United States.

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