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Director Of Family Shareholder Engagement

San Francisco, CA, USA | Levi Strauss

  • Industry:
    Consumer Products
  • Position Type:
    Full-Time
  • Functions:
    General Management
    Biotech/R&D/Science
  • Experience:
    5-7 years
Job Description:
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JOB DESCRIPTION

A company doesn’t last more than 160 years by standing still. It endures and thrives by reinventing itself, striving to delight its consumers, winning in the marketplace, and by remaining true to its values. We employ more than 17,000 people around the world – supporting great brands, including Levi’s®, Dockers® and Denizen®. Our employees are committed to progress, authenticity and collaboration.

Position Overview:

Our founder, Levi Strauss, was committed to integrity, philanthropy and good corporate citizenship, an approach we call “profits through principles.” Throughout our history, the descendants of Levi Strauss—our family shareholders—have continued to champion these values, and this has been a key ingredient to our success. 

Fostering strong ties between the family and the company through shareholder engagement is critical to ensuring that LS&Co. maintains and enhances its leadership in its values-driven approach to business success. Supporting this engagement is especially important following LS&Co.’s recent IPO given that the family will continue to control shareholder votes for the foreseeable future. The Director of Family Shareholder Engagement will be the steward of the bond between the family shareholders and the company. 

A candidate who is successful in this role will build deep trust and credibility with both family members and management. He or she will leverage this trust to champion new initiatives that strengthen the mutual feeling of connectedness between the family and the company and create pathways that nurture engagement for all current and future generations of family shareholders. Acting as the official liaison between management and the family, this will be a highly visible position and will require professionalism, creativity, discretion, and skill in interacting with company leaders and key constituencies. 

This position will be situated within our Corporate Legal Department and will have a dual reporting relationship to our Chief Executive Officer and our Chief Counsel, Finance, Governance and Compliance.Ultimately, the individual hired for this role will be evaluated on the extent to which he/she informs and engages family shareholders. Accordingly, the Family Council will provide periodic feedback to the CEO and Chief Counsel on his/her performance.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Work with family shareholders and management to develop and execute new approaches to deepen the bond between the company and all family shareholders

Regularly partner with members of the family to develop and execute a continually evolving family shareholder engagement plan; examples of engagement activities include educational activities, social activities, community relations activities, and activities targeted towards development of younger family member engagement 

Serve as the primary contact for family shareholders with respect to all family shareholder engagement activities

Create and deliver effective and regular family shareholder communications

Arrange, coordinate and participate in Family Council meetings; this includes developing meeting agendas in partnership with management and members of the Family Council

Assist with the coordination of communications between the company and family legal counsel regarding family securities law compliance; with the assistance of counsel, ensure that family shareholder engagement activities comply with applicable public company securities laws

Closely coordinate with the company’s Investor Relations team regarding general shareholder communications

Receive and distill feedback from family shareholders for presentation to management and/or the company’s board of directors

Respond to family shareholder inquiries

Additional Skills and Abilities:

Ability to interact with key company stakeholders, including family members, senior members of management, and company Board members to build trust and credibility

Ability to distill, align, communicate and incorporate a variety of viewpoints in the development and delivery of engagement plans

Ability to understand and communicate complex company financial performance metrics in layperson terms

Excellent oral and written communication skills

Ability to think creatively and long-term, while applying a pragmatic and practical perspective

High degree of integrity and impartiality

High degree of independent judgment and ability to handle confidential and sensitive information

Strong listening skills and curiosity

Experience working with family shareholders in a family-controlled company highly preferred

Experience developing shareholder engagement plans highly preferred

Some familiarity with applicable securities laws (e.g., confidentiality, insider trading, selective disclosure, public reporting) desired

5+ years’ experience preferred


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