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.
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.
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.
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.
Adam Rothstein is the lead adviser to GFI, 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/United 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.
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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