Board of Directors

Board of Directors

  • David Kaplan

    Chairman
    David Kaplan has served as Chairman and a director of the Company since October 2013. He is a Senior Partner and Co-Head of the Private Equity Group of Ares Management. Mr. Kaplan is also a Founding Member of Ares and serves on the Firm’s Management Committee. He additionally serves on several of the investment committees for the funds managed by the Ares Private Equity Group. Mr. Kaplan joined Ares Management in 2003 from Shelter Capital Partners, LLC, where he was a Senior Principal from June 2000 to April 2003. From 1991 through 2000, Mr. Kaplan was affiliated with, and a Senior Partner of, Apollo Management, L.P. and its affiliates, during which time he completed multiple private equity investments from origination through exit. Prior to Apollo Management, L.P., Mr. Kaplan was a member of the Investment Banking Department at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette Securities Corp. Mr. Kaplan currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Smart & Final Holdings, Inc., and as a member of the Boards of Directors of 99¢ Only Stores, Floor and Decor Outlets of America, Inc., and Guitar Center Holdings, Inc.,. Mr. Kaplan’s previous public company Board of Directors experience includes Maidenform Brands, Inc. where he served as the company’s Chairman, GNC Holdings, Inc., Dominick’s Supermarkets, Inc. Stream Global Services, Inc., Orchard Supply Hardware Stores Corporation, and Allied Waste Industries Inc. Mr. Kaplan also serves on the Board of Directors of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and serves on the Los Angeles Advisory Council to the University of Michigan. Mr. Kaplan graduated with High Distinction, Beta Gamma Sigma, from the University of Michigan, School of Business Administration with a B.B.A. concentrating in Finance.
    • Geoffroy van Raemdonck

      Mr. van Raemdonck, 45, has served as our Chief Executive Officer and a member of our Board of Directors since February 2018. Previously, served as Group President for Europe, Middle East & Africa and Global Travel Retail at Ralph Lauren from November 2014 until December 2017. Mr. van Raemdonck served as Chief Executive Officer at St. John Knits International, Inc. from August 2013 to November 2014. Prior to that, he held a variety of global leadership roles, most recently President South Europe, at Louis Vuitton from August 2008 to August 2013, and executive leadership positions at L Brands, Inc. from July 2004 to August 2008. Mr. van Raemdonck began his career as a consultant with Boston Consulting Group. He holds an MBA from the University of Chicago, and an MBS from the Université catholique de Louvain in Belgium.
      • Nora Aufreiter

        Nora Aufreiter has served as a director of the Company since January 2014. She is a Director Emeritus of McKinsey and Company, retiring in June 2014 after more than 27 years as a Director and senior partner. Ms. Aufreiter was among the first dozen women globally to be elected a Director at McKinsey. While there, she worked extensively in the US, Canada, and internationally with major retailers, financial institutions and other consumer-facing companies. She was also a member of McKinsey's global personnel committees. During her years at McKinsey, she led the North American Retail practice, the Toronto office, and McKinsey's Digital, Omnichannel and Branding practices. Ms. Aufreiter also serves on the boards of The Kroger Company, one of the world’s largest supermarket operators, the Bank of Nova Scotia, Canada’s most international bank with operations in over 55 countries, and Cadillac Fairview, one of North America's largest owners, operators, and developers of commercial real estate. She is also a director of several non-profit organizations including St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto, the Canadian Opera Company and the Dean's advisory board of Western University in London, Ontario Nora began her career at Bank of America as a corporate finance officer. Nora has an MBA from the Harvard Business School and an HBA from The University of Western Ontario's Ivey School of Business.
        • Norman Axelrod

          Norman Axelrod has served as a director of the Company since October 2013. He was Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the board of directors of Linens ‘n Things, Inc., a retailer of home textiles, housewares and decorative home accessories, until its acquisition in February 2006. Mr. Axelrod joined Linens ‘n Things as Chief Executive Officer in 1988 and was elected to the additional position of Chairman of the board in 1997. From 1976 to 1988, Mr. Axelrod held various management positions at Bloomingdale’s, ending with Senior Vice President, General Merchandise Manager. Mr. Axelrod is the Chairman of the board of directors of Floor and Decor Outlets of America, Inc. and also serves on the boards of directors of Smart & Final Holdings, Inc., 99 Cents Only Stores, and Guitar Center Holdings, Inc. Mr. Axelrod was also the Chairman of the board of directors of GNC Holdings, Inc., National Bedding Company LLC, and Simmons Company and served as a member of the board of directors of Reebok International Ltd. and Maidenform Brands, Inc. Since 2007, Mr. Axelrod, through his consulting entity, NAX 18, LLC, has provided consulting services to certain entities related to Ares Management. Mr. Axelrod earned a BS in Management and Marketing from Lehigh University and an MBA from New York University.
          • Philippe Bourguignon

            Mr. Bourguignon is one of the most highly regarded executives in the travel industry, with an impressive track record as an innovator and leader. A self-proclaimed dreamer, Mr. Bourguignon has dedicated his 40-year career in tourism to forever change the way people experience the world by seeking out new and disruptive brands. In addition to his leadership of Revolution Places LLC, he also served as CEO of Exclusive Resorts until May 2015, combining the highly personalized service of 5-star hotels with the space and privacy of 300+ multi-million dollar villas. Today, Mr. Bourguignon also serves as Chairman of Miraval Resort, the highly acclaimed resort and award-winning spa located near the Santa Catalina Mountains in northern Tucson, Arizona. Prior to joining Revolution Places, Philippe was co-CEO of the Davos-based World Economic Forum in 2003 and 2004 and Chairman and CEO of Euro Disney. Previously, as chairman and CEO of Club Med, Mr. Bourguignon was widely credited for the comprehensive turnaround of the company in 2000. The change included refocusing the brand, revamping operations and restoring competitiveness, implementing an innovative pricing policy and completely overhauling the management culture. Mr. Bourguignon began his celebrated career in tourism with the Accor group, one of the largest hotel groups in the world. During his 14-year tenure with Accor, he served as vice president of Development for Asia/Middle East and executive vice president of North America before being promoted to president of Accor for the Asia/Pacific region. Mr. Bourguignon is currently an active member on the Vinfolio board. He previously served as a member of the board of directors for Zipcar and spent 11 years on the board at eBay.
            • Graeme Eadie

              Mr. Eadie has served as a director of the Company since May 2017. He is a Senior Managing Director and chair of the Private Investments department's investment committee and Private Credit investment committee plus a member of the senior investment committee and the Investment Planning Committee of CPP Investment Board. Previously, he was Senior Managing Director responsible for the global Real Assets program at CPP Investment Board, which encompasses Real Estate (both equity and debt investments), Infrastructure and Agricultural investments. Prior to joining the CPP Investment Board in June 2005, Mr. Eadie held multiple roles including Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer and President of Cadillac Fairview. Mr. Eadie has also held senior management positions with a number of entities in the retail and manufacturing areas and formerly was a Trustee of the Morguard Real Estate Investment Trust and a Director of the Ontario Realty Corporation. He serves as a director for Aliansce Shopping Centres and as a trustee for Choice Properties.
              • Dennis Gies

                Dennis Gies has served as a director of the Company since July 2016. He is a Partner in the Private Equity Group of Ares Management. Mr. Gies joined Ares Management in 2006 from UBS Investment Bank, where he participated in the execution of a variety of transactions including leveraged buyouts, mergers and acquisitions, dividend recapitalizations and debt and equity financings. Mr. Gies currently serves on the boards of directors of Smart & Final Stores, Inc., 99 Cents Only Stores and Deva Holdings, Inc. Mr. Gies also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Center for Early Education in Los Angeles, California. He graduated with an MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles and with a BS in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech.
                • Karen W. Katz

                  Ms. Katz has served as a member of our Board of Directors since October 2010. From October 2010 until her retirement in February 2018, she served as our President and Chief Executive Officer. Previously, she served as Executive Vice President and as a member of the Office of the Chairman from October 2007 until October 2010. From December 2002 to October 2010, she served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Neiman Marcus Stores. Ms. Katz serves on the board of directors of Under Armour, Inc. and formerly served on the board of directors of Pier 1 Imports, Inc. Since joining the Company in 1985, Ms. Katz has been in charge of a variety of business units and has demonstrated strong and consistent leadership. She has an extensive understanding of the Company's customers and the retail industry that enables her to promote a unified direction for both the Board of Directors and management.
                  • Scott Nishi

                    Scott Nishi has served as a director of the Company since September 2013. He is a Senior Principal in the Direct Private Equity group of the CPP Investment Board. He also serves on the boards of directors of Petco Animal Supplies and 99 Cents Only Stores. Prior to joining CPP Investment Board in October 2007, Mr. Nishi worked at Oliver Wyman, a management consultancy, advising consumer, healthcare and technology companies. Previously, he spent several years at Launchworks, a venture capital firm, investing in early stage technology companies Scott holds an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario and a B.Sc. from the University of British Columbia.