2013-05-20 / Front Page

Changes at the top at L.L. Bean

L.L. Bean’s grandson, Leon Gorman, retiring as chairman
The Associated Press

FREEPORT

L.L. Bean’s grandson Leon Gorman is retiring as company chairman after more than 50 years as chairman or CEO, but the company is keeping the position in the family.

The Maine-based retailer informed employees Monday that L.L.’s great-grandson, Shawn Gorman, will be the new chairman, underscoring a commitment to family ownership.

Shawn Gorman, who served as a senior executive, told The Associated Press there’s been a careful behind-the-scenes transition and that consumers shouldn’t notice a change. Leon Gorman, his 78-year-old uncle, keeps a seat on the board. Chris McCormick, the first CEO from outside the family, retains his position.

L.L. Bean, with more than $1.5 billion in annual sales, just celebrated its 100th anniversary. It got its start in 1912 when L.L. Bean sold his first rubber-soled hunting boots.

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