Brad retired from The Home Depot in April, 2015, after more than 10 years as the company’s vice president and chief communications officer, reporting directly to three CEOs during his tenure there. In that role, he oversaw the company’s media relations, crisis communications, executive communications, events, internal communications and corporate giving. He also served as president of The Home Depot Foundation, helping guide tens of millions of dollars of charitable grants to nonprofits focused on veterans’ housing.
Prior to joining Home Depot in 2004, Brad served as chief communications officer at Gateway, Inc. His responsibilities included all aspects of corporate communications and external affairs, and for several years he also ran marketing communications and advertising, including the company’s Olympic sponsorship during the 2002 Salt Lake City games.
Before joining Gateway, Brad spent six years at PepsiCo in jobs of increasing importance, lastly as director of global communications handling corporate and crisis communications and brand publicity for the company’s U.S. and international soft drinks businesses. Prior to PepsiCo, Brad worked at Ketchum Public Relations and Doremus Public Relations, both in New York.
Brad is actively involved in philanthropic efforts and has served on various nonprofit boards including The Points of Light Foundation, Ken’s Krew, Kaboom and the Metro Atlanta Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America. He earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va. in 1988.
Mary and Brad have extensive boating experience on both motor and sail yachts. Mary is a national Fireball sailing champion and both skippered and crewed on her family’s 48′ Swan for ten years. Both were members of Larchmont Yacht Club for twenty years, where Brad crewed on several racing yachts. They’ve cruised extensively in Long Island Sound and Maine, and the two skippered a bareboat cruise in the British Virgin Islands in the early 1990s.
Most recently, Mary and Brad have owned two 24′ tritoons for a total of 18 years, with extensive motor boating experience in north Georgia and Marco Island. They’ve recently purchased a Cobalt 30SC dual console with twin 300hp Yamahas, scheduled for delivery to their home in late April, 2022.