Carl S. Rubin
Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Rubin was named our Chief Executive Officer in March 2013 and Chairman in April 2015. Prior to joining us, Mr. Rubin served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Ulta Salon, Cosmetics & Fragrance, Inc. since September 2010, and served as Chief Operating Officer from April 2010 to September 2010. Prior to joining Ulta, he served as President of the North American Retail division of Office Depot, Inc. beginning in January 2006 and as Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Merchandising Officer of Office Depot from 2004 to January 2006. Prior to joining Office Depot, Mr. Rubin spent six years at Accenture Consulting in senior leadership roles including Partner, where he advised clients and led engagements across retail formats and e-commerce businesses. Prior to that, Mr. Rubin held a number of senior merchandising and general management positions in the specialty retail and department store industry including with Federated Department Stores. Since December 2015, he has served as a member of the board of directors and of the Audit and Compensation Committees of Ascena Retail Group, Inc., a leading women’s clothing and accessories specialty retailer.
Mr. Bekenstein is a Managing Director and Co-Chairman of Bain, having joined Bain at its inception in 1984. Prior to joining Bain, Mr. Bekenstein spent two years at Bain & Company as a consultant, where he was involved with companies in a variety of industries. Mr. Bekenstein serves as a director of Bright Horizons Family Solutions and Canada Goose Holdings Inc. Mr. Bekenstein received an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a BA from Yale University. Mr. Bekenstein possesses valuable financial expertise, including extensive experience with capital markets transactions and investments in both public and private companies. Mr. Bekenstein’s many years of experience both as a senior executive of a large investment firm and as a director of companies in various business sectors make him highly qualified to serve on our Board.
Mr. Cotton joined Bain Capital in 2003, and has served as a Managing Director in the North American Private Equity - Consumer, Retail & Dining vertical since 2015. Prior to joining Bain, Mr. Cotton was a consultant at Bain & Company, and worked in baseball operations at the Boston Red Sox. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Blue Nile Inc., Canada Goose Holdings Inc., Daymon Worldwide Inc., TOMS Shoes, and Virgin Voyages. Mr. Cotton received an MBA from The Stanford Graduate School of Business where he was a Siebel Scholar, an Arjay Miller Scholar, and the winner of the Alexander A. Robichek Award for Outstanding Achievement in Finance. He received an AB in Philosophy from Princeton University. Mr. Cotton adds value to our Board through his extensive retail experience and prior public and private board service.
Monte E. Ford
Mr. Ford is currently the Principal Partner at the CIO Strategy Exchange, an organization of the top 50 sitting Chief Information Officers in business. He also serves as a Network Partner to Brightwood Capital Advisors, which provides growth capital to growing middle-market businesses. From February 2012 until September 2013, he was the Chief Executive Officer of Aptean Software Corporation, a provider of enterprise application software. Prior to joining Aptean, he served as Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer of American Airlines, Inc. from December 2000 through December 2011. Mr. Ford is a member of the board of directors of Akamai Technologies, Inc., a leading internet network and security company, where he serves on the Compensation and Nominating and Corporate Governance Committees. He is also a member of the board of directors of Health Care Service Corporation, where he serves on the Audit and Nominating and Governance Committees. Mr. Ford’s diverse leadership experience as well as extensive background in Information Technology make him a valuable contributor to our Board.
Ms. Kaplan has served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Hill Holliday, Inc., one of the nation’s largest advertising agencies, since 2013, and has served in various roles for Hill Holliday since 1982. Ms. Kaplan is a Trustee of Fidelity Investments, a multinational financial services corporation, where she serves on the Audit and Compliance Committee and Nominating and Governance Committee. Ms. Kaplan was previously a member of the board of directors of each of Vera Bradley, Inc. and DSM USA Insurance Company, Inc. Ms. Kaplan holds a B.A. from the University of Massachusetts. Ms. Kaplan’s significant marketing and branding experience, as well as a strong tactical and financial background, allows her to provide valuable insight and make important contributions to our Board.
Matthew S. Levin
Mr. Levin is no longer a full-time employee of Bain, but continues to serve as a Senior Advisor for Bain in the private equity business. From 2001 through 2015, Mr. Levin was a Managing Director of Bain and leader within the North America consumer products and retail industry vertical. Prior to joining Bain in 1992, Mr. Levin was a consultant at Bain & Company where he consulted in the consumer products and manufacturing industries. Mr. Levin received an M.B.A from Harvard Business School where he was a Baker Scholar, and a B.S. from the University of California Berkeley. Mr. Levin currently serves on the board of directors of Toys “R” Us and has also served on numerous other corporate boards over the course of his professional career. Mr. Levin’s significant experience in and knowledge of corporate finance and managing companies put him in a position to provide important contributions to our Board.
John J. Mahoney
Mr. Mahoney retired as Vice Chairman of Staples, Inc. in July 2012, having served as Vice Chairman since January 2006. Mr. Mahoney also served as Chief Financial Officer for Staples, Inc. from 1996 through January 2012. Prior to 1996, Mr. Mahoney was a partner at Ernst & Young, LLP. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Bloomin’ Brands, Inc., Burlington Stores, Inc. and Chico’s FAS, Inc. In addition to serving on the Audit Committees of each of Bloomin’ Brands, Inc. and Chico’s FAS, Inc., Mr. Mahoney also serves on the Nominating and Governance Committee of Bloomin’ Brands, Inc. and the Compensation Committees each of Burlington Stores, Inc. and Chico’s FAS, Inc. Previously, Mr. Mahoney served on the Board of Directors of Advo, Inc. and Zipcar, Inc. Mr. Mahoney holds an M.B.A. from Northeastern University, as well as an undergraduate degree from the College of the Holy Cross. Mr. Mahoney’s strong financial background and experience as a Vice Chairman and former Chief Financial Officer of a Fortune 500 retail company, enables him to provide valuable counsel to our management and Board.
James A. Quella
Mr. Quella retired as a Senior Managing Director, Senior Operating Partner and co‑head of the Portfolio Operations Group at Blackstone in the Private Equity Group in June 2014, having served in these roles since 2003. Mr. Quella received a B.A. in International Studies from the University of Chicago/University of Wisconsin‑Madison and an M.B.A. with Dean’s Honors from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business. Mr. Quella serves as a director of DJO Global, Inc. and FGL Holdings, and serves on the Compensation Committees of both companies and the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee of FGL Holdings. Mr. Quella was formerly a director of Allied Waste, Catalent Pharma Solutions, Inc., Columbia House, Celanese Corporation, Freescale Semiconductor, Inc., Graham Packaging Company, L.P., Houghton‑Mifflin Harcourt Company, Intelenet Global Services, Lionbridge Technologies, Inc., The Nielsen Company and Vanguard Health Systems, Inc. Due to contributions that Mr. Quella can provide to our Board resulting from his financial expertise, as well as his significant experience in working with companies transitioning from control by private equity sponsors, he is qualified to be on and is an asset to our Board.
Beryl B. Raff
Ms. Raff has been Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Helzberg Diamond Shops, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., since April 2009. Prior to joining Helzberg, Ms. Raff served in various management positions at J. C. Penney Company, Inc. since 2001, most recently as Executive Vice President and General Merchandising Manager since September 2005. Prior to joining J.C. Penney, Ms. Raff served as Chairman and CEO of Zale Corporation. Ms. Raff is a director of Helen of Troy, Ltd. and Larry H. Miller Company. Ms. Raff was previously a director of Group 1 Automotive, Inc., Jo‑Ann Stores, Inc., The Make-A-Wish Foundation and Zale Corporation. Ms. Raff received her B.B.A. from Boston University and her M.B.A. from Drexel University. Ms. Raff adds value to our Board through her extensive experience in operating and managing large retail companies, as well as her prior public board service.
Peter F. Wallace
Mr. Wallace is a Senior Managing Director at Blackstone in the private equity group, which he joined in 1997. Mr. Wallace received a B.A. in Government from Harvard College. Mr. Wallace serves on the board of directors of Outerstuff, Ltd., Service King Collision Repair, Vivint, Inc., Vivint Solar and The Weather Group. Mr. Wallace was formerly a director of AlliedBarton Security Services, GCA Services Group and SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment. These experiences and knowledge, along with his service on public company boards, enhance Mr. Wallace’s contributions and value to our Board.