Kellwood Company, a leading apparel manufacturer and marketer owned by
affiliates of Sun Capital Partners Inc., today announced the appointment
of Lynn Shanahan to Chief Executive Officer of Kellwood Company
following the Initial Public Offering of VINCE, completed November 27th,
2013. Previously the Chief Executive Officer of Kellwood Brands,
Shanahan will now assume all corporate responsibilities of Kellwood
Company including Finance, Human Resources, IT , e-commerce and Legal in
addition to her existing role running the Branded, Junior and Private
label businesses including Rebecca Taylor, David Meister, Sam Edelman
and XOXO. She reports to the Board of Kellwood Company.
Lynn Shanahan, CEO Kellwood Company (Photo: Business Wire)
"Lynn brings 30 years of expertise in brand building, unrivaled industry
knowledge and a charismatic leadership style to a pivotal moment of our
growth," said Christopher Metz, Managing Partner of Kellwood Company.
"We couldn't ask for more."
VINCE, formerly a subsidiary of Kellwood Company, was successfully
separated from the Company in an Initial Public Offering which raised
$200 million. Further, VINCE raised an additional $175 million in new
term loans. Proceeds from the transactions were used to pay down
Kellwood debt which was due in 2014 and 2017. Simultaneous with this
transaction, Kellwood Company entered into a new five year $120 million
Revolving Credit Facility with Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. to provide for its
working capital needs under the new Kellwood Corporate structure.
Shanahan looks to substantially increase the business through the
accelerated growth of indigenous brands, the creation of further
strategic partnerships, and acquisitions. "We have outstanding brands,
fast-turnaround design and production capabilities, relationships with
retailers across the spectrum, and a best-in-class e-commerce division.
It is a thrill and an honor to be able to lead Kellwood on a vigorous
path to growth with this unbeatable mix of assets," Shanahan said.
To drive the growth strategy of Kellwood, Shanahan, in short order, has
built upon the already strong leadership team with three immediate and
significant senior executive hires. Joe Lombardi, Chief Financial
Officer of Kellwood Brands, is a ten-year veteran of Barnes & Noble,
having held the CFO position. Joe has assumed the role of CFO of
Kellwood Company. Jim Scarfone has been appointed as Senior Vice
President, Human Resources, joining Kellwood Company from Ulta Beauty,
Duane Reade and Toys R Us; and as President of Sam Edelman Apparel,
Leslie Singer, previously Executive Vice President of Sales and
Merchandising for NYDJ, will join the Kellwood team on December 5th.
The Kellwood portfolio includes an array of well-known, high-growth
apparel brands that appeal to a wide range of consumers and lifestyles.
A significant success is the Rebecca Taylor Brand with double digit
growth in the contemporary women's fashion arena since acquired by
Kellwood in 2011. In 2014, Kellwood will launch a partnership with
award-winning footwear designer Sam Edelman for a first-ever apparel
line which sets the stage for many more such initiatives. Its XOXO brand
is a favorite with its target consumer marked by its fall 2013 campaign
with fashion darling Lily Aldridge. Red-carpet fixture David Meister,
known for his gowns at Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus and Saks recently
launched his new collection David, by David Meister on HSN.
"Nobody is more qualified than Lynn Shanahan to take the helm of
Kellwood," said Jill Granoff, Kellwood Company's previous CEO, and
current CEO of VINCE. "Lynn is a proven leader with a demonstrated track
record of success in building global brands."
During her 15-year tenure in senior leadership positions at Tommy
Hilfiger, Shanahan shepherded the company from infancy to a global
fashion powerhouse. Ultimately responsible for all U.S. wholesale
operations, she established its first e-commerce capability and helped
build the company's $1 billion licensing program. She subsequently
founded C2 Group, and brought Finnish clothing and textile brand
Marimekko back to the United States. After being named President of
Marimekko's North American division, she opened flagship stores on Fifth
Avenue in Manhattan, in Boston and in Beverly Hills.
ABOUT KELLWOOD COMPANY
Kellwood Company designs, manufactures, and markets a broad portfolio of
fashion brands including Rebecca Taylor, Sam Edelman, David Meister,
XOXO, My Michelle, Jolt, Democracy, Sangria, Jax, Sag Harbor and Briggs
NY. Kellwood operates retail stores and e-commerce sites for Rebecca
Taylor, as well as the e-commerce store for David Meister. Kellwood
Company is an affiliated portfolio company of Sun Capital Partners, Inc.
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Cathy O'Brien, 212-661-1336