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Public Company Involvements - Investment, Advisory, & Leadership

A.T. Cross  Recruited a team to lead a brand update and development a retail concept 

Christopher & Banks Advised the CEO through a merchandising-driven turnaround

CML Group  Oversaw restructuring and sale of subsidiary businesses  

Cost Plus World Market  Served on the board through a merchandising-driven turnaround and strategic sale process

Guess  Advised leadership through an operating turnaround

Gymboree  Served on tthe board through a merchandising-led turnaround, CEO transtion; incubation launch of two new retail concepts; and a strategic sale process

Handleman Company Advised the CEO on public market dynamics and activist investor response

Kirklands  Advised the management team through a merchandising-driven turnaround

Pier 1 Imports Advised the CEO on refocusing the brand

RedEnvelope  Chaired the board through a management change, built a new team and led turnaround planning

Restoration Hardware  Advised the founder through a leadership transition

Spy Optic  Co-chaired the board, partnered with the founder to realign merchandising with the brand precepts 

United Retail Group (Avenue Stores)  Proposed new expert directors to support a merchandise-driven turnaround 

Vans  Advised CEO through a turnaround/restructuring 



CML Group Inc. (public, NYSE)  Chairman; Executive Chairman

Cost Plus World Market (public, NASDAQ) Compensation and Strategic Review committees

Gymboree (public, NASDAQ) Audit, Compensation and Strategic Review committees

Hunter Bell Designs (private)

Imperial Yard, Ltd. (private UK limited company)

Massif Inc.  (private)

Nordic Track (public company subsidiary) Chairman

RedEnvelope (public, NASDAQ)  Executive Chairman; Nominating & Governance committee

Smith & Hawken (public company subsidiary)  Chairman

Spy Optic (public, NASDAQ) Co-Chairman;  Compensation committee

Tactical Holdings Inc. (private platform, comprised of three military/tactical brands)

Three Twins Ice Cream (private)​


Nonprofit/Educational Boards

The Berkeley School

Maybeck High School

The Gregory School

The Tucson Symphony Orchestra


Advisory Clients

Altamont Capital Partners Senior Adviser, consumer-focused investments

Solomon Partners Senior Adviser, leadership & strategy

Bass Family Strategic Adviser, various activist investments; co-founder, The Trinity Fund

Carl Icahn  Strategic Adviser, proxy contest strategy

Chrysler Strategic/BoardAdviser, activist investment defense

Kmart  Strategic/Board Adviser, institutional investor proposals

Ben & Jerry’s Board Adviser, strategic alternatives

A.T. Cross Strategic Adviser, brand renewal and distribution

Scotts Miracle Gro Board Adviser, control & leadership

Nine West Group Strategic Adviser, acquisitions

Kodak, Adviser, governance & institutional investor relationships

Shoney's  Board Adviser, succession and governance 

Activist Investment Practice Innovations

Independent Director Slates Helped to pioneer activist campaigns to elect minority (non-controlling) director slates at large public companies, rather than seeking control, including (with Carl Icahn) the first slate of fully independent director candidates (not affiliated with the nominating investor)

Activist Settlements Working for Chrysler, developed the first settlement of a major proxy challenge (Fortune 20 company) based on consulting with and responding to the views of the company's major institutional investors

Institutional Investor Input on Strategy Working for Kmart, organized the first meeting at a major public company in which the leadership team, board, and top institutional shareholders discussed performance and value

Investor-Driven Control Strategies Working for Nine West Group, developed strategy for the first acquisition transaction (of U.S. Shoe Corp) whose success hinged on engagement with institutional investors

Activist Fund Formation Worked with the Bass family to raise The Trinity Fund, the first $1 billion fund for active investing in the American and Canadian markets

Institutional Voting Activism Advised over two dozen key public and private institutional investors on the development of their first pro-active governance programs, including CalPERS, CalSTRS, The Wisconsin Public Retirement System, the New York State Teachers' Fund, The Florida Employees' Pension Fund, Fidelity Investments, State Street Advisers, Dimensional Fund Advisers, the Vanguard Funds. Also advised intermediary organizations including Institutional Shareholder Services and the Investor Responsibility Research Center. 

Institutional Voting Research Service Co-founded early provider of voting recommendations to institutional investors, focused on high-value voting decisions including proxy challenges and takeover bids

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