The ten members of our Board of Managers bring deep leadership experience from a broad range of backgrounds, including brand marketing, retail operations, merchandising, finance, accounting, investment, and strategic planning.
Sam served as Chairman of the Board of Managers of the Company from October 2018 to January 2022. She has been at Elliott Management Corporation since 2013. She has served as a Portfolio Manager at Elliott since 2020 and served as an Associate Portfolio Manager from 2017 to 2019 and an Analyst from 2013 to 2016. Prior to Elliott, from 2012 to 2013, she was an Associate at H.I.G. Capital in the Private Equity division and, from 2010 to 2012, an Investment Banking Analyst at Deutsche Bank. She also serves as a Director at Peabody Energy Corporation and at Automotores Gildemeister. Sam holds a BS in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business.
Carmen has served on the Board of Managers of the Company since October 2018. From 2019 to 2021, Carmen served as Chief Merchandising Officer at Fanatics. Prior to this, she was Chief Merchandising Officer at HSN from 2016 to 2017 and Senior Vice President, General Merchandise Manager Consumables, Health and Wellness at Walmart from 2007 to 2016. She has previously held roles at Bath & Body Works, Five Below and The Walt Disney Company. Carmen is currently a member of the board of trustees at Seton Hill University and the advisory board of RoundTable Healthcare Partners Council. She previously served as a Director of Walmart of Mexico, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, the Network of Executive Women and the Literacy Council of Benton County. Carmen holds a BS in Fashion Merchandising and Business from Seton Hill University.
Paul has served on the Board of Managers of the Company since August 2020. Since 2017, Paul has been at Elliott Advisors (UK), where he serves as a Portfolio Manager and Head of European Private Equity. Prior to joining Elliott, he was at Warburg Pincus, serving as Managing Director from 2014 to 2017, Principal from 2007 to 2011, Associate from 2004 to 2007 and Analyst from 2002 to 2004. Before this, he was at Morgan Stanley. He is Chairman of the board of directors at Barnes & Noble, Book Retail Bidco Ltd. (the parent company of Waterstones Ltd.) and Paper Source Inc. He has previously served on the board of directors of Apteki Gemini, Inea, Reiss, Poundland and Ziggo. Mr. Best holds an MA in Mathematics from Cambridge University.
DeAnn has served on the board of directors of the Company since August 2021. She has served on the board of directors of Benson Hill since November 2020 and has served served as Chief Financial Officer of Benson Hill since January 2021. During 2020, she provided financial, accounting, capital structure and leadership consulting services to private equity backed companies. Prior to this, from 2017 to 2020, she was Chief Financial Officer of Solaray, LLC; from 2015 to 2016, she was Chief Financial Officer of Transworld Systems, Inc.; from 2012 to 2014, she was Chief Financial Officer of Maverik, Inc.; and from 2010 to 2012, she was Chief Financial Officer of Rocky Mountain Foods. Prior to these roles, DeAnn served in various other chief financial and executive officer roles. She also held various positions at PricewaterhouseCoopers from 1985 to 1999, including as transaction services and audit partner. She is a member of the board of B&G Foods Inc. and the Kempe Foundation. DeAnn has a BSBA in Accounting from the University of Missouri in St. Louis and an MBA in Finance and Operations Management from The Wharton School.
Patrick has served on the Board of Managers of the Company since November 2018. Since 2012, Patrick has been at Monarch Alternative Capital LP, where he currently serves as a Managing Principal. Prior to Monarch, Patrick was an Analyst in the Leveraged Finance Group at Deutsche Bank. Patrick serves as a Director of CorePower Holdco LLC, All Day Holdings LLC and Pyxus International. He previously served as a director of Navig8 Product Tankers Inc. Mr. Fallon holds a BS in Economics from Duke University.
Laurie Ann has served as a member of the Board and the Board Chair since January 2022. She has more than 30 years of management and operating experience building consumer businesses. Laurie Ann became Chief Executive Officer of Avon North America in 2018 after serving on its board and held the position until LG Household & Health Care acquired Avon in August 2019. She was also CEO of Spanx, Inc. from 2002 to 2014. Prior to her long tenure at Spanx, she held marketing and operational leadership roles at The Coca-Cola Company and Macy’s. Laurie Ann serves as a director of Guess?, Terminix Global Holdings, European Wax Center, ClubCorp, Newlight Technologies, Joe & the Juice, and 101 Studios. She holds a B.S. in Communications from the University of Texas at Austin.
Theophlius has served on the Board of Managers of the Company since October 2018. Since 2016, Theophlius has been a managing partner of The Sierra Institute, a Dallas-based human resources consortium. Prior to this, Theophlius served as Chief Executive Officer of The Zale Corporation from 2008 to 2014. He previously held leadership roles at Tommy Hilfiger, Limited Brands (now L Brands), The Home Shopping Network and Macy’s. He also serves on the board of directors of Torrid. He previously served on the board of directors of Tailored Brands, Inc., Libbey, Inc., Express, Inc., and The Zale Corporation. Theophlius is also a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors. Theophlius holds a BA in History and English and a MEd from Tufts University.
Samantha has served on the Board of Managers of the Company since 2018. Since February 2021, Samantha has served as a Special Advisor to Hasbro, which she re-joined in 2001. Samantha’s previous roles at Hasbro include President, Branded Entertainment; Hasbro & eOne from 2020 to 2021, President, Entertainment Brands from 2018 to 2020 and Senior Vice President, Hasbro Brands from 2016 to 2018. She is a board member of the Day One Organization in Rhode Island. Samantha holds a BA in International Relations from the University of Toronto.
Arthur has served on the Board of Managers since September 2020. Since 2017, Arthur has served as Founder and President of Airvision, a strategy advisory firm. Prior to this, he was at Starbucks, which he joined in 1992, and most recently served as President, Global Innovation from 2014 to 2017, President, Chief Creative Officer from 2012 to 2014, President, Global Development from 2008 to 2014 and Executive Vice President, Real Estate and Store Development from 1992 to 2002. Arthur serves as a director of Shopko Optical and Essential Baking Company. He previously served on the boards of United Capital, Aeropostale and Savers/Value Village. Arthur holds a BA in Environmental Design and a Masters in Architecture from the University of Colorado.
Ryan has served as Chief Executive Officer and Director of the Company since July 2019. Prior to this, from 2016 to 2019, Ryan served as President, Retail at Party City Holdings. From 2012 to 2016, he served as President, Grocery and Drugstore at Sears Holdings Corporation. Ryan served as Executive Vice President, Chief Merchandising and Marketing Officer at OfficeMax from 2005 to 2011 and served in other roles at OfficeMax from 1994 to 2005. Ryan holds a BS BBA in Finance from St. Bonaventure University and an MBA from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University.