Mr. Kenneth M. Reiss has been a director of our Company since January 27, 2005. Mr. Reiss is Chairman of our Audit Committee and also serves as a member of our Nominating and Governance Committee. Prior to his retirement in June 2003, Mr. Reiss was a partner at the accounting firm of Ernst & Young L.L.P., where he served as the lead auditor for several publicly traded companies, including Toys "R" Us, Inc., Staples, Inc., Phillips-Van Heusen, Inc. and Kenneth Cole Productions, Inc. Mr. Reiss serves on the Board of Directors of Harman International Industries, Inc., a manufacturer of audio and electronic products for automotive, consumer and professional use and serves as the Chairman of its Audit Committee and as a member of its Governance and Nominating Committee. Additionally, Mr. Reiss previously served on the boards of directors of each of Eddie Bauer Holdings, Inc., a holding company that operates a specialty retailer of men's and women's apparel, and Guitar Center, Inc., a musical instrument retail chain. Our Board of Directors believes that Mr. Reiss' extensive audit, accounting and financial experience and expertise and his knowledge and experience with retail and apparel companies qualify him for his continued service on the Board of Directors.
Ms. Kathy Bronstein, age 61, has owned and operated KB Bronstein Consulting, based in Newport Coast, California since 2003 and has advised numerous large public and private retail businesses, including Charlotte Russe, a NASDAQ listed mall-based specialty retailer offering fashion-forward merchandise with a core emphasis on lifestyle trends of young women in their teens and twenties, Guess?, Inc., a NASDAQ listed junior and young contemporary specialty retailer and manufacturer, Brighton and Brighton Collectibles, a women’s accessory retailer and manufacturer, Seven For All Mankind Jeans, a premium denim and contemporary retailer and manufacturer, and Styles For Less, a junior specialty retailer and other wholesale junior brands. In addition, from 1985 to 1992, Ms. Bronstein served as an Executive Vice President of The Wet Seal, Inc. From 1992 to 2003, Ms. Bronstein served as the Chief Executive Officer and Vice Chairman of The Wet Seal, Inc., serving as a director of the Company from 1989 to 2003.
Mr. John D. Goodman, age 48, has more than 20 years of experience in the retail industry. From November 2009 until January 2012, Mr. Goodman served as Executive Vice President, Apparel and Home at Sears Holding Corporation. From November 2008 to October 2009, Mr. Goodman served as the Chief Executive Officer and a member of the board of directors of Charlotte Russe Holding, Inc., a NASDAQ listed mall-based specialty retailer offering fashion-forward merchandise with a core emphasis on the lifestyle trends of young women in their teens and twenties. From April 2008 to October 2008, Mr. Goodman served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Mervyn’s LLC department stores, a mall-based retailer offering family-focused fashions and home décor, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in July 2008. From 2005 to 2008, Mr. Goodman served as President and General Manager of the Dockers brand at Levi Strauss & Co. From 2003 to 2005, Mr. Goodman was the Senior Vice President and Chief Apparel Officer for Kmart Holding Corporation. Earlier in his career Mr. Goodman held various executive positions over 10 years at Gap, Inc. Mr. Goodman began his career in the Executive Training Program at Bloomingdale’s and earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland in 1986.
Dorrit M. Bern is the former Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President of Charming Shoppes Inc., a specialty retailer specializing in women’s plus-size fashion, where she served from 1995 to 2008. Ms. Bern formulated a new business strategy to save Charming Shoppes from bankruptcy and grew the corporation from a $1 billion single-channel, bricks-and-mortar retailer, to a $3 billion multi-channel corporation with e-commerce and catalog direct marketing. Prior to that time, Ms. Bern was Group Vice-President of women’s apparel and home fashions for Sears, Roebuck and Co., a department store retailer, where she was the first female officer in Sears’s history and authored “The Softer Side of Sears” initiative. Ms. Bern served on the board of directors of Southern Company, one of the largest generators of electricity in the United States, from 1999 to 2008 as Chairperson of the Finance Committee and a member of the Audit Committee. She also served on the board of directors of the Brunswick Corporation, a market leader in the marine, fitness and bowling and billiards industries, from 2000 to 2005 as a member of the Audit and Compensation Committees, and on the board of directors of OfficeMax Inc., an office supply retailer, from 2006 to 2010 on the Audit and Executive Compensation Committees. More recently, from 2009 until April 2012, Ms. Bern was a trustee for Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust, a REIT specializing in shopping malls and power centers in the eastern United States. In addition, Ms. Bern was a member of the advisory board for U.S. Foodservice, a division of Ahold Inc., an international supermarket operator, and a board member of the National Retail Federation from 1996 to 2008. She was the Edward V. Fritsky Chair in Leadership at the University of Washington from 2009 to 2010, and currently serves on their Foster Business School board. Ms. Bern is currently a member of The Committee of 200, America’s Women Business Leaders, and a member of the board of directors of the Jay H. Baker Retailing Center at the Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania, where she is also an instructor in Continuing Board Education. Ms. Bern’s qualifications as a director include her expertise as an executive in the women’s apparel retail industry and her experience serving as a member of several public company boards of directors and instructing others on board operations and duties.
Lynda J. Davey has served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Avalon Group Ltd, a boutique investment bank, and Avalon Securities Ltd, one of the few woman-owned FINRA and SEC-registered broker-dealers, since she co-founded the companies in 1992. She has broad expertise working with consumer product and retail companies, helping to strategically position them for success by focusing on balanced capitalization, developing strategic growth plans and optimally structuring transactions. Prior to Avalon, Ms. Davey was President of Tribeca Corp., a merchant bank with large equity investments in public consumer companies and private buyouts, and worked at Salomon Brothers Inc., an investment bank, on public offerings, divestitures, acquisitions and private placements for clients in a variety of industries. Ms. Davey currently serves on the board and chairs the Audit Committee of the Girl Scouts Council of Greater New York and is a Manager of Verite Capital Partners, LLC, a private investment fund. From 1998 to 2011, she served on the Advisory Council of Wells Fargo’s Capital Finance Group and its predecessor entity, the Paragon Capital Retail Group. She has previously served as a board member and Chairman of the Audit Committee for ICTS International, an Amsterdam-based public securities firm, a board member of Tuffy Associates Corp., a private auto service franchiser, a board member of Jane Cosmetics, a private cosmetics company, and a board member of Textus Industries, Inc., a private textile company. In addition, Ms. Davey was a founding member of the Advisory Board of the Fashion Institute of Technology’s Center for Design Innovation. Ms. Davey’s qualifications as a director include her knowledge of consumer product and retail companies, her experience as an executive and her expertise in investment banking and corporate transactions.
John S. Mills has been President of SDE, a consulting firm that specializes in the retail sector, store operations and growth strategies, since 2006. From 2004 to 2006, he served as Chairman of the Board of G and G Stores Inc., a specialty retailer focused on teenage women. From 2000 to 2004, Mr. Mills served as the President and Chief Operating Officer of Aeropostale Inc., an apparel and accessories retailer, where he was responsible for growing the company’s footprint to over 500 stores. He also served on the board of directors of Aeropostale from 1998 until 2004 and as Executive Vice President — Director of Operations from 1998 to 2000. From 1994 to 1998, he held several executive positions in operations for Federated Specialty Stores, the specialty retail division of Federated Department Stores Inc., the parent company of several large department store chains. Prior to joining the specialty store division of R.H. Macy & Co. Inc. in 1988 as Vice President of Operations, Mr. Mills held various executive positions with the company’s Bamberger’s division, Abraham & Strauss and M. Fortunoff’s. Mr. Mills has served as a private advisor to Cerberus Capital and Rosewood Capital and currently serves on the boards of directors of Marc Ecko Enterprises, a global fashion and lifestyle company, and VILLA, Inc., an apparel and footwear retailer. Mr. Mills’s qualifications as a director include his expertise as an executive in the apparel retail industry, his advisory practice and his experience as a member of the board of directors for several private companies.
Adam Rothstein is the lead adviser to Girl, a multi-family investment office and a general partner in the Israeli focused Disrupt-ive fund. Prior to GFI and Disrupt-ive, Mr. Rothstein was the CIO of Intana Management, a market neutral hedge fund concentrating in the technology, media and entertainment sectors. Prior to joining lntana, Mr. Rothstein was a Managing Director at Weiss, Peck & Greer and a Partner in its Select Technology and Software Funds. Mr. Rothstein has over 15years of investment experience, previously performing analysis on the technology and media sectors for Weber Capital Partners/Bluewater Capital Management. He also did analysis for Scripps Ventures/Unlted Media and UBS Securities. He began his career in the Banking/Tax Advisory group at Arthur Anderson & Co. M r. Rothstein is currently the Chairman of the apparel company Big Idea Brands and on the Board of additional technology and media investments for Disrupt-ive and GFI. Mr. Rothstein holds a B.S. in Economics from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. and an M. Phil. in Finance from Cambridge University.
Nancy Lublin enjoys building exciting things out of ideas and people. She has literally been named one of the “Most creative people in business.” At age 23, she turned a $5,000 inheritance into Dress for Success, a global entity that provides interview suits and career development training to women in need. Today, Dress for Success helps women reclaim their destinies in more than 125 cities in 15 countries. In 2003, Lublin came to Do Something to rescue it from the edge of collapse. The organization had lost its office space, was $250,000 in debt, and had just laid off 21 out of 22 people. Lublin moved everything online, transforming it into DoSomething.org, an organization that leverages technology like social media and texting to reach its audience. Today, DoSomething.org is one of the largest youth organizations in the world with more than 2.5 million active members. In 2013, while still CEO of DoSomething.org, Lublin turned her popular TED talk (http://bit.ly/1elbveM) into her third company. She raised $4 million dollars, hired a team, and launched Crisis Text Line. It processed 1 million messages in its first six months and is heralded as a pioneer in big data for social good. Lublin’s innovative approach to business, teens and technology has transcended the not-for- profit world, making her a sought-after expert and public speaker. She wrote a popular monthly column for Fast Company for two years and has taught graduate-level courses as an adjunct faculty at both Yale and NYU. Leveraging her social media-savvy and can-do attitude, Lublin has also advised corporate social cause campaigns including Chase Community Giving and Pepsi Refresh. She is also the author of business best seller Zilch: The Power of Zero in Business. The World Economic Forum (WEF) selected her as a Young Global Leader in 2007, welcoming her participation in Davos for five years. She is an Aspen Institute Crown Fellow. And, in 2011, 2012 and 2013, Lublin was named one of the 50 Most Powerful by the NonProfit Times. Lublin has been featured on Oprah, 60 Minutes, The Today Show, CNN, and in People magazine, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and The Economist. Lublin has a BA from Brown University, an M.Litt from Oxford University (as a Marshall Scholar), and a law degree from New York University.
Deena Varshavskaya is the founder and CEO of Wanelo, the largest and fastest growing social shopping platform used by millions to discover people and stores to follow and purchase products they love. As a pioneer on the intersection of social technologies and ecommerce, our Board of Directors believe Ms. Varshavskaya provides our Company with the expertise to continue building our ecommerce business with more insight into what today’s customer expects from the online shopping experience. Ms. Varshavskaya is also the youngest board member to be appointed in our Company’s history. In 2013, Ms. Varshavskaya was named by Vanity Fair to The Next Establishment List as one of the 15 up-and-comers to keep an eye on and was listed to the “100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs” list by Goldman Sachs.
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