Experienced executive and advisory board member with proven track record in building shareholder value. Demonstrated ability to drive profitability through leading finance, operations, real estate and strategy, while developing efficient, transparent processes. Respected for integrity, analytical and strategic capabilities, desire to lead through change, and ability to communicate effectively to internal and external constituents. Recognized for turning around struggling retail organizations and building the infrastructure to facilitate aggressive growth strategies.
Specialties: Turnaround and restructuring
Strategic development and implementation
Real estate strategy, site selection and lease negotiation
Organization design and transformation
Acquisitions and divestitures, post-merger integration
Rich is an experienced Chief Operating Officer (COO) with a high level of experience in the retail and consumer sectors. Rich has held many significant roles over his career including: 1) Senior Consultant - Entrepreneurial Services at Ernst & Young (3 years), 2) Director of Acquisitions and Business Development at TLC Beatrice International Foods (2 years), 3) Senior Operations Consultant at Melville Corporation (3 years), 4) VP Finance - Retail for London Fog (2 years), 5) Division VP of Finance and Real Estate for Coach Inc. (3 years), 6) Interim President (2 years) and VP/GM Retail (6 years) for Danskin, Inc. , and most recently 7) the Managing Director for Saugutuck Retail, a consulting firm providing strategy, operations, finance and real estate advice to CEOs of early stage to middle-market companies (12 years), and 8) COO for YouHangIt (6 years).
Rich has a BS in Finance and an MBA in Entrepreneurial Studies from Babson College.