Craig Leavitt, 62, was appointed to the Board of Directors on January 4, 2018 and serves as our Non-Executive Chairman. He served as Chief Executive Officer and Director of Kate Spade & Company, a formerly publicly traded operator of global, multichannel lifestyle brands (“Kate Spade”), from February 2014 until August 2017 when the company was sold to Coach, Inc. From October 2010 until February 2014, he was Chief Executive Officer of Kate Spade New York, a division of Fifth & Pacific Companies, Inc. Mr. Leavitt also served as Co-President and Chief Operating Officer of Kate Spade, LLC from April 2008 through October 2010. Prior to joining Kate Spade, LLC, Mr. Leavitt was President of Global Retail at Link Theory Holdings, where he had total responsibility for merchandising, operations, planning, allocation and real estate for the Theory and Helmut Lang retail businesses. Previously, Mr. Leavitt spent several years at Diesel, S.p.A., an Italian retail clothing company, having most recently served as Executive Vice President of Sales and Retail. Mr. Leavitt also spent 16 years at Polo Ralph Lauren, where he held positions of increasing responsibility, the last being Executive Vice President of Retail Concepts. Since leaving Kate Spade, Mr. Leavitt devotes his time to service on Boards of Directors. Mr. Leavitt serves on the Board of Directors of Gildan Activewear, Inc., a publicly traded manufacturer of apparel; Mattress Firm, Inc., an omni-channel mattress specialty retailer; and HDS Global, a grocery and general merchandise e-commerce delivery service. Until recently, Mr. Leavitt served on the Board of Directors of Crate & Barrel Holdings, Inc., a company that owns and operates housewares, furniture and home accessories stores in North America and through franchisees internationally; and NEST Fragrances, LLC, a distributor of home scents, eau de parfums, and fragranced body care products. He also serves on the Board of Directors of The Roundabout Theater Company, one of the largest nonprofit theatre companies in the United States. Mr. Leavitt holds a Bachelor of Arts from Franklin & Marshall College. Mr. Leavitt resides in New York.
During his career in the retail industry, Mr. Leavitt has gained extensive experience in the areas of strategic planning, product development and innovation, marketing, store operations, and real estate. His background, including his service as Chief Executive Officer and Director of a publicly traded company, allows him to provide to our Board of Directors insights and perspectives regarding strategic planning, leadership, stockholder relations, business operations, brand management, marketing, and business development.