Board of Directors

Harvey Kanter - Chairman, CEO and President

Harvey Kanter has served as our chief executive officer, president and director since March 30, 2012.  He has served as the chairman of the board of directors since January 1, 2014.  He served as the chief executive officer and president of Moosejaw Mountaineering and Backcountry Travel, Inc., a leading multi-channel retailer of premium outdoor apparel and gear, from January 2009 to March 2012.  From April 2003 to June 2008, Mr. Kanter served in various executive positions at Michaels Stores, Inc. (“Michaels”), a specialty retailer of arts and crafts, most recently serving as the executive vice president and managing director from March 2006 to June 2008.  While at Michaels, Mr. Kanter also served as the president of Aaron Brothers, Inc., a division of Michaels, from April 2003 to March 2006.  From October 1995 to March 2003, Mr. Kanter served in various management positions at Eddie Bauer, Inc. (“Eddie Bauer”), a premium outdoor retailer, including serving as the vice president and managing director of Eddie Bauer Home, a division of Eddie Bauer.  Prior to Eddie Bauer, Mr. Kanter held positions at several other retailers, including Sears Roebuck Company, a multi-line retailer, and Broadway Stores, Inc. (known as Carter Hawley Hale Department Stores). Mr. Kanter also serves on the board of directors for Potbelly Corporation, an international sandwich concept. He is also on the board of directors of Jewelers for Children, the industry's charity foundation; a board advisor for The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Institutes ("Obliteride"); and on the board of directors of Seattle University's EMBALP graduate program. Mr. Kanter received his M.B.A. from Babson College and his undergraduate degree from Arizona State University.

Elaine Rubin - Director

Elaine Rubin has served as our Director since July 2016.  Ms Rubin founded Digital Prophets Network, LLC, a consulting, advisory and placement firm with a network of digital commerce experts who support retail and direct to consumer businesses and has served as the president since January 2010. She has served as an advisor to Hint, Inc., which produces fruit-infused water, since October 2013; and has served on the board of directors of New Moosejaw, LLC, a multi-channel retailer of premium outdoor apparel and gear, since October 2010. From June 2013 to May 2015, Ms. Rubin served as a retail advisory board member for Hilco Global, an independent financial services company. From March 2011 to January 2015, Ms. Rubin served as an advisor for Monetate, Inc., a company which powers multi-channel testing and personalization for retail brands. Ms. Rubin co-founded shop.org in February 1996 and served as its elected chair of the board of directors from February 1996 to October 2007. From January 2006 to March 2007, Ms. Rubin served as the northeast client practice head of Amazon Enterprise Solutions, a division of Amazon.com, Inc., an ecommerce company; from January 2003 to December 2004, she served as the senior vice president of strategy and business development at 1-800-flowers.com, Inc., an ecommerce flower delivery company; and from September 1995 to April 1999, she served as the senior vice president of ecommerce, merchandising, and marketing at iVillage, Inc., a digital media company. Ms. Rubin received her BBA in Marketing from Emory University. 

Leslie Lane - Director

Leslie Lane has served as a director since December 2008. Since January 2016, Mr. Lane has served as the president of the U.S. and Americas of Airwair International Ltd., a footwear and clothing retailer, with responsibility for managing the Dr. Martens business in that region. From May 2011 to January 2016, Mr. Lane served as an operating partner at Altamont Capital Partners (“Altamont”), a private equity company. From July 2013 to January 2016, Mr. Lane also served as the chief executive officer and director of one of Altamont’s portfolio companies, Dakine, Inc., an outdoor apparel and accessories company. From June 2010 to April 2011, Mr. Lane served as the vice president and managing director of the Nike Foundation at Nike, Inc. (“Nike”), a designer, marketer and distributor of athletic footwear, apparel, equipment, and accessories. From October 2006 to June 2010, he served as vice president and general manager of Global Running for Nike. From March 2004 to October 2006, he served as director of Nike Global Footwear finance and strategic planning and, from March 2003 to March 2004, he served as the director of Nike subsidiaries. From 1998 to 2002, Mr. Lane held various positions at Roll International Corporation, a private holding company, including serving as the chief operating officer of PomWonderful LLC, the chief financial officer of Paramount Citrus, and the vice president of strategy of Roll International Corporation. From 1990 to 1998, Mr. Lane was a consultant with Bain & Company, a management consultant firm. He received his M.A. in Chemistry from Oxford University and his M.B.A. from Harvard University.

Michael Potter - Director

Michael Potter has served as a director since October 2007. From October 2011 to March 2012, Mr. Potter served as the chief operating officer of zulily, inc. (“zulily”), an Internet retailer of daily deals for moms and children. From June 2000 to June 2005, Mr. Potter served as chairman and chief executive officer of Big Lots, Inc. (“Big Lots”), a Fortune 500 retailer. Prior to serving as the chief executive officer, Mr. Potter served in various capacities at Big Lots, including the role of chief financial officer. Prior to Big Lots, Mr. Potter held various positions at The Limited, Inc., May Department Stores, and Meier & Frank, all retail companies. Mr. Potter formerly served on the board of directors of zulily; Coldwater Creek, Inc., a triple channel retailer of women's apparel, gifts and accessories; Newegg, Inc., an online-only retailer specializing in high-tech products; and Big Lots. Mr. Potter received his M.B.A. from Capital University and his undergraduate degree from the University of Oregon.

Robert van Schoonenberg - Director

Robert van Schoonenberg has served as a director since February 2015. Mr. van Schoonenberg has served as the chairman and chief executive officer of BayPoint Capital Partners, LLC, a private equity firm since January 2008, and co-managing partner of AmeriCap Partners LLC, a growth capital investment firm since September 2010. From February 2008 until June 2010, Mr. van Schoonenberg was the chairman of the board of directors of Premiere Entertainment, LLC, a digital broadcast production company. Mr. van Schoonenberg previously served in various capacities at Avery Dennison Corporation, a Fortune 500 labeling, packaging materials, and solutions company, including serving as executive vice president, chief legal officer and corporate secretary to the board of directors. Mr. van Schoonenberg currently serves as chairman of the board of Guidance Software, Inc., a digital forensics and cybersecurity company; and on the board of directors of Live Media Group LLC, a multimedia company specializing in the production and delivery of live entertainment, music and sporting events to television, in-theatre, the Internet, and mobile devices. He formerly served on the board of directors of Ryland Group, Inc., a national home building company; and Altair Nanotechnologies, Inc., a manufacturer of nano-based products. Mr. van Schoonenberg also serves on the Board of Trustees for Southwestern University School of Law. Mr. van Schoonenberg received his J.D. degree from University of Michigan Law School, M.B.A. from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and undergraduate degree from Marquette University.

Chris Bruzzo - Director

Chris Bruzzo has served as a director since July 2011. Since September 2014, Mr. Bruzzo has served as executive vice president and global chief marketing officer of Electronic Arts, a global interactive entertainment software company. From May 2013 to September 2014, Mr. Bruzzo has served as the senior vice president and general manager of Evolution Fresh, a subsidiary of Starbucks Corporation ("Starbucks"), a specialty coffee retailer. From June 2012 to May 2013, Mr. Bruzzo served as the senior vice president of channel brand management at Starbucks. From June 2011 to June 2012, he served as the senior vice president and chief marketing officer for Seattle's Best Coffee, a subsidiary of Starbucks. From June 2008 to July 2011, he served as vice president of global advertising & digital marketing at Starbucks. From January 2008 to May 2008, Mr. Bruzzo served as the chief technology officer and interim chief information officer at Starbucks, and from January 2007 to January 2008, he served as the vice president of digital strategy at Starbucks. From July 2006 to October 2006, Mr. Bruzzo served as the vice president of marketing and public relations at Amazon.com, Inc. (“Amazon.com”), an online retailer. From July 2003 to February 2006, Mr. Bruzzo served in various roles at Amazon.com, including vice president of strategic communications, content and initiatives. Prior to Amazon.com, Mr. Bruzzo was an assistant vice president at Regence Blue Shield, an insurance company. Mr. Bruzzo received his undergraduate degree from Whitworth University.

Mindy Meads - Lead Independent Director

Mindy Meads has served as a director since May 2013 and has served as our lead independent director since February 2016. Ms. Meads served as the chief executive officer of Calypso St. Barth, a resort brand of apparel and accessories, from December 2013 to December 2014. From February 2010 to April 2011, she served as a co-chief executive officer of Aeropostale, Inc. (“Aeropostale”), a mall-based specialty retailer of casual apparel and accessories for kids and young adults, and was president and chief merchandising officer of Aeropostale from March 2007 to February 2010. From August 2006 to January 2007, she was president and chief executive officer of Victoria's Secret Direct, a division of Limited Brands, Inc., a clothing retailer. From 2004 to 2005, Ms. Meads served as chief executive officer of Lands’ End, an apparel retailer (“Lands’ End”). Prior to Lands’ End, Ms. Meads held a variety of executive merchandising and operating positions at Sears, Gymboree, The Limited and R.H. Macy’s, all nationwide retailers. Ms. Meads formerly served on the board of directors of Aeropostale, The Wet Seal, Inc., a teen specialty retailer of apparel and accessory items, and Mela Sciences, Inc., a biotech company. Ms. Meads is also a member of The Committee of 200, America’s Women Business Leaders, and has served as a trustee and a member of the Audit Committee of The Master School, a private high school in New York, since 2010. Ms. Meads is a former director of the Federal Reserve Board for the 7th District (Chicago). Ms. Meads received her undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois, Urbana.

Scott Howe - Director

Scott Howe has served as a director since January 2014. Mr. Howe has served as the chief executive officer, president, and a director of Acxiom Corporation, an enterprise data, analytics, and software-as-a-service company, since 2011. From 2007 to 2010, he served as the corporate vice president of Microsoft Advertising Business at Microsoft Corporation, a provider of software and services. In 2010, he co-founded and served as interim chief executive officer and president of King of the Web, Inc., a company maintaining a portfolio of online game shows. From 1999 to 2007, Mr. Howe served as an executive and later as a corporate officer at aQuantive, Inc., a digital marketing services company. Prior to aQuantive, Inc., Mr. Howe was with The Boston Consulting Group and Kidder, Peabody & Company, Inc. He serves on the board of directors of the Center for Medical Weight Loss and is a former director of the Internet Advertising Bureau (IAB), an advertising business organization that develops industry standards, conducts research, and provides legal support for the online advertising industry, and Turn, Inc., a digital advertising company. Mr. Howe was also formerly a director of Geeknet, Inc., an online retailer. Mr. Howe received his M.B.A. from Harvard University and his undergraduate degree from Princeton University.