In January 2016, Mr. Stephen Smith became the fourth President and CEO of L.L.Bean.
Mr. Smith began his career in 1992 at J. Walter Thompson in New York City. He moved to Maine in 1997 where he rose to become the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Resort Sports Network. In 2002 he launched his retail career at Hannaford Supermarket, owned by the Delhaize Group. He then spent nine years in senior roles leading merchandising, commercial planning, marketing and customer relationship management in the US and Belgium.
In 2011, Mr. Smith joined Walmart International as SVP and General Manager of Sam’s Club China and Chief Marketing Officer for Walmart China in Shenzhen, China. There he assumed general management responsibility, integrating e-commerce into the core business and improving annual sales growth. A year later, Steve became Chief Customer Officer of ASDA (part of Walmart International) in the United Kingdom. In 2015, Steve became Chief Merchandising and Marketing Officer for Yihaodian (part of Walmart Global Ecommerce) in Shanghai.
Mr. Smith is a graduate of Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. He is very active in outdoor sports and serves as a trustee of Dickinson College and on the board of directors for the Appalachian Mountain Club.