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HanesBrands Legal Chief Joia Johnson Announces Retirement

Nov. 10, 2020, 5:25 PM

HanesBrands Inc. Chief Administrative Officer, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary Joia Johnson will retire in May after more than a decade with the clothing retailer.

The company, based in Winston-Salem, N.C., includes brands like Champion, Maidenform, and Wonderbra, and says it has around 63,000 employees across 40 countries. HanesBrands recently produced face masks for the U.S. government as the coronavirus pandemic took hold.

Johnson came to HanesBrands in 2007 as chief legal officer and general counsel, and she assumed her current role in 2016.

“Joia has influenced every aspect of HanesBrands as we expanded our global footprint and built our portfolio of brands,” CEO Steve Bratspies said in a statement. “She helped lead the company through numerous global acquisitions, legal issues and regulatory matters.”

HanesBrands is looking for Johnson’s replacement both internally and externally, according to the statement.

The Department of Health and Human Services in May awarded the company a $322 million contract to produce face masks for medical workers and federal agencies.

The company is part of a trademark lawsuit against Keds LLC over Keds’ alleged improper use of the brand name “Champion” internationally. Keds has called the complaint a “negotiation tactic.”

Johnson previously spent seven years as executive vice president and general counsel for RARE Hospitality International, Inc., a chain restaurant franchisor that has been acquired by Darden Restaurants, Inc.

Prior to that, she worked for construction company H.J. Russell & Co. for over a decade. She began her career as an associate at McKenna Long & Aldridge, now a part of Dentons. Johnson sits on the board of directors for financial services company Global Payments Inc.

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