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(Last Updated December 2006)
Biography PhotoJerry W. Levin

Director since 1995

Business Experience:  Mr. Levin, 69, is Executive Chairman of Wilton Brands Inc., a creative consumer products company, and has served in that position since October 2009.  He served as Chief Executive Officer of Wilton Brands Inc. from October 2009 until March 2014.  Mr. Levin has also served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of JW Levin Partners LLC, a management and investment firm, since founding the firm in February 2005.  He served as Vice Chairman of Clinton Group, a private diversified asset management company, from December 2007 until October 2008.  Mr. Levin served as Chairman of Sharper Image Corporation, a specialty retailer, from September 2006 until April 2008 and as interim Chief Executive Officer from September 2006 until April 2007.  From 1998 until January 2005, Mr. Levin served as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of American Household, Inc. (formerly Sunbeam Corporation), a leading consumer products company. 

Other Directorships

  • Ecolab Inc. since 1992 (Lead Director; Governance Committee Chair; Compensation Committee)
  • Lorillard, Inc. since 2014
  • Saks Incorporated from 2007 to 2013
  • Sharper Image Corporation from 2006 to 2008
  • Wendy’s International from 2006 to 2008
  • American Household, Inc. (formerly Sunbeam Corporation) from 1998 to 2005

Mr. Levin has served as the CEO of six well-known companies, including those listed above, in the branded consumer products sector, and possesses significant expertise in corporate strategy and governance through his successful career as a turnaround, restructuring, and mergers and acquisitions expert.  Retail branding and marketing expertise is important to U.S. Bancorp’s businesses, and Mr. Levin’s expertise in those fields provides great value to our Board. 



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