Josephine Linden accepted the role as chairman of our board of directors effective October 15, 2014. Linden has been a member of the board since March 2014. She founded and has been the managing member and principal of Linden Global Strategies LLC, a New York-based SEC registered investment management firm working with sophisticated U.S. and international clients, since September 2011. From September 2010 to July 2011, she held an adjunct professor position in the Finance department of Columbia Business School. In November 2008, Mrs. Linden retired from Goldman, Sachs & Co. as a partner and managing director after having been with the firm for more than 25 years, where she held a variety of roles, including managing director and regional manager of the New York office for Private Wealth Management, head of Global Equities Compliance, and an advisor to GSJBWere, Australia. She is currently a trustee, and serves as chair of the Finance Committee and Treasurer, of Collegiate School in New York, New York, and acts as financial advisor to The Prince of Wales Foundation. Mrs. Linden brings extensive knowledge of capital markets and other financial matters to the board from her 25-year career with Goldman Sachs. She has served as a director of Bally Technologies, Inc. since April 2011 and as a director of Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores Inc. since October 2012.
Robert A. Bowman, 61, serves as President of Business and Media of Major League Baseball and Chief Executive Officer of Major League Baseball Advanced Media (“MLB.com”), the Internet and interactive media unit of Major League Baseball. Prior to joining MLB.com in November 2000 as its first Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Bowman held several senior management positions at ITT Corporation, including President, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer. Earlier in his career, Mr. Bowman served for eight years as Treasurer of the State of Michigan. Mr. Bowman has served on the board of Take-Two Interactive Software Inc. since April 2007 and Vince Holding Corp. since November 2013. He previously served on the board of ViaStat, Inc. from 2013 to 2016, Warnaco Group, Inc. from 2004 to 2013, Blockbuster, Inc. from 2003 to 2010 and World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. from 2003 to 2008. Mr. Bowman is a graduate of Harvard College and received an M.B.A. from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Bowman brings to the Board experience as a public company director and extensive financial and digital experience in both the public and private sectors.
Elizabeth Leykum has served as Founder of Serenade Capital LLC since May 2016. She joined our board of directors in April 2014 and serves as chair of the nominating and corporate governance committee and as a member of the compensation committee. Ms. Leykum previously served as chairman of the board from April through October 2014 and also played an imperative leadership role in Lands' End's successful spin-off process. From October 2013 to May 2016, she served as a founding principal of HEG Capital LLC, a CT-registered investment advisory firm. Prior to joining HEG Capital LLC, Ms. Leykum was, from June 2012 to September 2013, a vice president at Rand Group, an investment management services firm. Until June 2012, she was a vice president of ESL Investments, Inc., which she joined in July 2004. From 2000 to 2002, Ms. Leykum worked in the Principal Investment Area at Goldman, Sachs & Co. She served as a director of Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. from October 2012 to May 2014. Through her work in investment management, she brings to the board a strong ability to analyze, assess, and oversee corporate and financial performance. She received an A.B. magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa in Economics from Harvard University and an MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School.
Robert Galvin joined the board of directors in May 2014. He is the chair of the compensation committee and also is a member of the audit, technology and nominating & corporate governance committees. He is the principal of Galvin Consulting, which he founded in January 2014. Mr. Galvin served as the chief executive officer of Elie Tahari, a leading global designer lifestyle brand, from January to November 2013. Prior to that, he served as the president of Camuto Group, a leading global women's fashion footwear company from April 2007 to January 2012, where he was responsible for all global commercial and administrative functions for top brands, including BCBG, Vince Camuto, Lucky Brand, Jessica Simpson and Sanctuary Clothing. Mr. Galvin previously served as the chief operating officer of Sport Brands International, a $450 million global wholesale and retail athletic branded company, including well-known brands Fila and Cloudveil, from 2003 to April 2007. He has also held leadership roles at Kurt Salmon Associates, York International and Nine West Group Inc. Mr. Galvin brings an extensive knowledge of the apparel industry and management experience, gained through his service as chief executive officer and through numerous senior executive positions at several apparel companies for more than 15 years. Mr. Galvin has served on the board of Big 5 Sporting Goods Corporation since July 2015, Bebe Stores, Inc. since November 2014, and Cherokee Inc. since June 2012.
Jerome Griffith is the chief executive officer, president and a member of the board of directors of Lands’ End, Inc.
In this role, Jerome Griffith is committed to leveraging Lands’ End’s rich heritage to drive growth and profit opportunities for all aspects of the global brand while remaining true to the brand’s core values and customer base.
Griffith brings nearly 40 years of retail and apparel experience to Lands’ End, demonstrating expertise and an impressive track record in the areas of thought leadership, retail, and operational expertise. He embodies a value system aligned with Lands’ End’s core principles of quality, value and customer service and is committed to building sustainable long-term growth.
Prior to joining Lands' End, he most recently served as chief executive officer, president and director of Tumi Holdings, Inc., a company which was listed on the New York Stock Exchange, from April 2009 until its sale in August 2016 to Samsonite International S.A., where he now serves as a non-executive director. Recently he served as chairman of the supervisory board of Tom Tailor Holding AG and is currently a director of Vince Holding Corp. A dedicated supporter of the education of future fashion and design executives, Griffith has acted on the board of Parsons School of Design since September 2013.
From 2002 to February 2009, he was employed at Esprit Holdings Limited, a global fashion brand, where he was promoted to chief operating officer and board member in 2004, and later promoted to president of Esprit North and South America. Prior to his work with Esprit, Griffith worked as executive vice president at apparel and retail company Tommy Hilfiger, president of retail at catalog-based apparel and retail company J. Peterman Company, and held various positions of increasing responsibility at Gap, Inc. from 1989-1998.
Griffith received his Bachelors of Science in Marketing from Pennsylvania State University, in State College, Pa., in 1979.
John McClain joined our board of directors in May 2014, and chairs the audit committee. Since November 2015, he has served as chief financial officer of Lindblad Expeditions Holdings, Inc., a global provider of expedition cruises and adventure travel experiences. Mr. McClain served as the chief financial officer of The Jones Group Inc., formerly Jones Apparel Group, a $4 billion leading global designer, marketer and wholesaler of over 25 brands with product expertise in apparel, footwear, jeanswear, jewelry and handbags, from July 2007 until the sale of Jones to Sycamore Partners in April 2014. From April 2014 to August 2014, he continued to provide Senior Advisor services related to financial operations to The Jones Group Inc. Prior to that, Mr. McClain held a number of roles at Avis Budget Group, Inc. formerly Cendant Corporation. He joined Cendant Corporation in September 1999 serving as the Senior Vice President, Finance & Corporate Controller until 2006. From July 2006 to 2007, Mr. McClain served as the chief accounting officer of Avis and chief operating officer of Cendant Finance Holdings. Mr. McClain previously held leadership roles at Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. and ITT Corporation. Mr. McClain brings over 25 years of executive financial experience, serving at high-level capacities for the retail and consumer sectors. Mr. McClain has served as a trustee of Seritage Growth Properties, a real estate investment trust, since June 2015, and on the board of Nine West Holdings from April 2014 until October 2015.
Jignesh M. Patel joined our board of directors in April 2014. Mr. Patel is the chair for the technology committee that was created in October 2014. He is a professor in the Computer Science Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he has served on the faculty since September 2008. He is the co-founder of Locomatix, which developed a platform to power mobile data-driven services and applications, and served as its chief technology officer from May 2007 to May 2010 and chairman of its board and chief executive officer from May 2007 and June 2010, respectively, until August 2013 when the company became part of Twitter. Mr. Patel is currently the sole proprietor of JMP Consulting LLC, which has provided consulting services on data analytics to companies like American Family Insurance, Johnson Controls, Samsung and Twitter. Mr. Patel is currently the sole proprietor of JMP Consulting LLC, which provides consulting services on big data. He is also a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). Mr. Patel brings extensive knowledge of big data and other computer science matters from his academic and professional activities.
Jonah Staw joined our board of directors in April 2014. Mr. Staw has served as the chief executive officer of Staw Entertainment Enterprises, LLC, an advisory group working with corporate clients including Sears Holdings, since August 2011. Mr. Staw is the co-founder of LittleMissMatched, a multi-channel international brand that includes retail, wholesale, licensing, catalog and internet businesses, and served as its chief executive officer from 2004 to July 2011 and as chairman from July 2011 to July 2012. Mr. Staw previously served as a director and strategist at Frog Design, a product strategy and design firm, from 1999 to 2004 and as a member of the real estate development team of Skanska USA from 1997 to 1999. Mr. Staw brings extensive knowledge of multi-channel retail businesses including digital, branding, product development, marketing and innovation through his professional experience.