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William T. Dillard II


Mr. Dillard has served as a member of the Dillard’s, Inc. (NYSE: DDS) board of directors since 1968 and currently serves as chairman of the board and chief executive officer. Dillard’s, Inc. is a chain of traditional department stores based in Little Rock, Arkansas, with 268 store locations and 25 clearance centers in 29 states, and one Internet store. Mr. Dillard is also a director of Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS). He served as Acxiom’s lead independent director from 2006–2007. In 2015, he was awarded the University of Arkansas Chancellor’s Medal honoring individuals whose service to higher education and society at large has been truly extraordinary.  In 2016, he was one of four people inducted into the Arkansas Business Hall of Fame, which honors the outstanding lifetime accomplishments of business leaders in the state. Mr. Dillard holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and was recently awarded an honorary doctor of business degree, both from the University of Arkansas.  He also holds an MBA from Harvard University.