James A. Quella
Lead Independent Director
Mr. Quella was named Lead Independent Director in November 2018. 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., Dun and Bradstreet Corporation and FGL Holdings, and serves on the Compensation Committees of both DJO Global, Inc. and FGL Holdings, the Audit Committee of Dun and Bradstreet Corporation 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.
Carl S. Rubin
Chairman of the Board
Mr. Rubin was named Chairman of the Board in April 2015 and will continue to serve as Chairman until April 1, 2019. He previously served as our Chief Executive Officer from March 2013 until February 2019. Prior to joining The Michaels Companies, 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 Co-Chair of Bain Capital, having joined the firm at its inception in 1984. He also serves as the global head of Bain Capital Private Equity's consumer and retail vertical. Prior to joining Bain Capital, Mr. Bekenstein spent two years at Bain & Company as a consultant, where he was involved with companies in a variety of industries. Mr. Bekenstein currently 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 has extensive experience overseeing capital markets transactions and investments for public and private companies. Mr. Bekenstein's experience as a senior executive of a leading alternative investment firm and as a director of companies in various business sectors make him uniquely qualified to serve on our Board.
Interim Chief Executive Officer and Director
Mr. Cosby was named Interim Chief Executive Officer and member of the Board of Directors in February 2019. Prior to joining The Michaels Companies, Mr. Cosby served as President, North America for Office Depot from July 2014 until December 2016. From September 2011 to November 2013, Mr. Cosby served as President, Retail at CVS Caremark Corporation, where he was responsible for all aspects of the $65 billion retail business, including 7,600 retail stores, 19 distribution centers, retail merchandising, supply chain, marketing, real estate and store pharmacy operations. Prior to CVS, Mr. Cosby spent five years at Macy's, Inc., where he served in a number of executive roles, including President, Stores from April 2009 to August 2011. Prior to Macy's, Inc., Mr. Cosby served as President, Full-line Stores at Sears, Roebuck & Company and chief operating officer and chief development officer at YUM! Brands, Inc. Mr. Cosby serves on the Board of Directors of 2nd Swing, a specialty retailer and online seller of new and used golf equipment and accessories, and is active in the community, supporting the Massachusetts General Hospital, The Joe Andruzzi Foundation and Wounded Warrior Project.
Mr. Cotton joined Bain Capital in 2003, and has served as a Managing Director in the firm's Private Equity business since 2015. Prior to joining Bain Capital, 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 Canada Goose Holdings Inc. (NYSE: GOOS), Blue Nile Inc., Daymon Worldwide Inc., TOMS Shoes, and Virgin Voyages. Mr. Cotton received an M.B.A. 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 A.B. in Philosophy from Princeton University. Mr. Cotton adds significant 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 currently sits on 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, and Iron Mountain Incorporated, a storage and information management company where he serves on the Compensation and Risk and Safety 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 a Senior Advisor to Bain Capital Private Equity. From 2001 through 2015, Mr. Levin was a Managing Director in Bain Capital's Private Equity business. Prior to joining Bain Capital 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'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.
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. From 2001 to 2009, and prior to joining Helzberg, Ms. Raff served in various management positions at J. C. Penney Company, Inc., 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, and serves on the Audit Committee of Helen of Troy, Ltd. and the Compensation Committee and Nominating and Governance Committee of 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.