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Mr. Leder was appointed to the Board of Directors in April 2014 and Chairman in June 2015. Mr. Leder serves as a Co-Chief Executive Officer of Sun Capital and has been engaged in leveraged buyouts, investment banking, and business operations for more than 30 years. Mr. Leder is a member of the Board of Directors of Sun Capital Advisors, Inc. and Coveris, S.A. Mr. Leder brings to the Board of Directors extensive leadership and financial experience.
Mr. Hoffman has served as our Chief Executive Officer since October 2015. Since 2011, Mr. Hoffman has served as a Board of Director and a Member of the Audit Committee of Pier 1 Imports. Prior to joining Vince, Mr. Hoffman most recently served as the Chief Executive Officer and President of Bon-Ton Stores Inc. from February 2012 to August 2014. Previously he was the Chief Executive Officer and President of Lord & Taylor L.L.C. for more than three years where he was credited with revamping the brand. Prior to this, he served six years as President and Chief Executive Officer of Neiman Marcus Direct, a subsidiary of The Neiman Marcus Group Inc., where he oversaw the growth of neimanmarcus.com and the launch and growth of bergdorfgoodman.com. Mr. Hoffman also served as Vice President of Last Call Clearance Division at Neiman Marcus from August 2000 to December 2002 and as a Divisional Merchandise Manager of Bergdorf Goodman Inc. from October 1998 to August 2000.
Mr. Bowman has served as a Director since November 2013. Mr. Bowman currently serves as President of Business and Media for Major League Baseball and is the 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 initial CEO, 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 is currently a Director and chairman of the audit committee of Take-Two Interactive Software Inc. Mr. Bowman previously served as a Director of Warnaco Group, Inc. from 2004 to 2013, Director of Blockbuster, Inc. from 2003 to 2010 and Director of World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. from 2003 to 2008. Mr. Bowman brings to the Board of Directors experience as a public company Director and extensive financial and digital experience in both the public and private sectors.
Ms. Ulasewicz has served as a Director since April 2014. Prior to her retirement in March 2013, Ms. Ulasewicz was President of the Americas division of Burberry Group PLC (“Burberry”), responsible for the United States, Canada and Central and South America. Ms. Ulasewicz joined Burberry in 1998 and became a member of its executive committee in 2006. Previously, Ms. Ulasewicz held positions of increasing responsibility with Bloomingdales, Galeries Lafayette and Saks, Inc. She currently serves as a Director of Signet Jewelers Limited and Bunzl plc. Ms. Ulasewicz brings to our Board experience as a public company Director and extensive knowledge of luxury retail and global brand building.
Mr. Griffith has served as a director since November 2013. Mr. Griffith has served as the Chief Executive Officer, President and a member of the board of directors of Tumi Holdings, Inc. since April 2009. From 2002 to February 2009, Mr. Griffith was employed at Esprit Holdings Limited, a global fashion brand, where he was promoted to Chief Operating Officer and appointed to the board of directors in 2004, then promoted to President of Esprit North and South America in 2006. From 1999 to 2002, Mr. Griffith worked as an Executive Vice President at Tommy Hilfiger. From 1998 to 1999, Mr. Griffith worked as the President of Retail at the J. Peterman Company, a catalog-based apparel and retail company. From 1989 through 1998, Mr. Griffith worked in various positions at Gap, Inc. Mr. Griffith is a member of the board of Parsons, The New School of Design and Tom Tailor Holdings AG. Mr. Griffith brings to the Board of Directors experience as a public company director, experience as a senior executive of a major global consumer products company and a proven track record of innovation and driving international growth and expansion.
Mr. Borell was appointed to the Board of Directors in April 2014. Mr. Borell currently serves as a Principal of Sun Capital. He joined Sun Capital in 2006. Prior to joining Sun Capital, Mr. Borell served as an Investment Banking Analyst with Raymond James & Associates from 2004 to 2006 where he evaluated and executed equity, convertible debt, and merger and acquisition transactions in the consumer products and industrial growth industries. Mr. Borell currently serves on the Board of Restaurants Unlimited. Mr. Borell brings to our Board significant experience in finance and corporate strategy development.
Mr. Roach was appointed to the Board of Directors in April 2016. Mr. Roach has been with Sun Capital Partners, Inc. since 2008 as a Group Chief Financial Officer, and currently as Group Chief Operating Officer, other than a leave of absence from August 2015 to April 2015 where Mr. Roach served as interim Chief Executive Officer of V&D Group, a Netherlands based department store that is a Sun Capital Partners, Inc. affiliated portfolio company, from August 2015 to March 2015 and as interim Chief Operating Officer of V&D Group from March 2015 to April 2015. Mr. Roach has over 30 years of experience in senior finance and operations management, including: Senior Vice President, Operations, The Bombay Company, a home décor retailer, from 2002 to 2008; Acting Chief Financial Officer of Guess? Inc. from 2001 to 2002; and Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer of eFanShop.com, a start-up internet business, from 2000 to 2001. Mr. Roach brings to the Board of Directors knowledge and experience in retail merchandising and marketing; accounting, finance and capital structure; apparel and consumer goods; and strategic planning and leadership of complex organizations.
Mr. Esko was appointed to our Board of Directors in November 2016. Mr. Esko currently serves as the CEO and Chairman of Smokey Bones Bar and Grill, a restaurant and bar company with over 4,000 employees and growing. He also serves on the Board of Bar Louie and as an advisor to the Board of Restaurants Unlimited. Previously, Mr. Esko spent nearly 9 years as the leader for the Performance Improvement Team at Sun Capital Partners, Inc. Mr. Esko has spent much of his career improving apparel and retail businesses. In recent years, he served as Interim CEO of Kellwood (at the time when VINCE was the largest brand owned by Kellwood). Additionally, Mr. Esko served as Interim CEO and project leader of a near billion dollar intimate apparel business based in Europe. Mr. Esko also assisted other apparel brands improve their sales, profit and growth. Mr. Esko received a Bachelor of Science in finance from the University of Illinois and has completed the Executive Scholar Program in General Management from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. Mr. Esko brings to the Board of Directors experience with apparel, retail management and previous experience working with VINCE.