Neil Fiske’s career as a CEO has focused on building brands, transforming businesses, and adapting to a seamlessly omni channel consumer environment across multiple categories and sectors. Most recently, he was the Chief Executive Officer of the Gap brand which enjoyed global sales of approximately $5 billion. Prior to running Gap, he was the Chief Executive Officer of Billabong International, where he restored the flagship Billabong brand to a position of market leadership and multi-year share growth by simplifying the business and implementing a “global brands on global platforms” strategy. Mr. Fiske spent five years as president and Chief Executive Officer at Eddie Bauer, repositioning the company back to its roots as America’s Original Outdoor Outfitter, revamping the product line, marketing, and stores, while launching the highly acclaimed First Ascent line of expedition gear. Mr. Fiske was also the Chief Executive Officer at Bath and Body Works, where he led a complete brand transformation creating renewed value and positive comp store sales. He began his career at the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), with a focus on consumer goods and retail. At BCG, he led the effort to create the brand management system for Limited Brands and helped architect a growth strategy for Victoria’s Secret that led to over a decade of retail leading performance. His experience includes private equity as a retail industry partner for Onex Corporation. Mr. Fiske graduated from Harvard Business School with a Masters of Business Administration and received a B.A. in Political Economy from Williams College. He has been named “Marketer of the Year” and “Retailer of the Year” by Women’s Wear Daily, as well as co-authoring the award-winning brand building book “Trading up: The New American Luxury.”
President, Chief Revenue Officer
Prior to joining Marquee Brands at its formation in 2014, Mr. DeVirgilio was President of Licensing & International at Kenneth Cole Productions, a role he held since February 2009. In this capacity he led multiple teams charged with driving revenue through diverse business strategies, including licensing the Kenneth Cole brand across various product categories and channels in the US. Mr. DeVirgilio also led the expansion of the Kenneth Cole brand in 80+ countries and managed corporate strategic projects that focused on delivering alternative revenue streams unrelated to the Kenneth Cole brand. Mr. DeVirgilio spent 17 years with Kenneth Cole. Prior to joining Kenneth Cole Productions, Mr. DeVirgilio served as Director of Merchandising at the Joseph & Feiss Company, a Division of Hugo Boss, USA.
Cory M. Baker
Chief Operating Officer, New Ventures
Prior to joining Marquee Brands at its formation in 2014, Mr. Baker was Principal & Founder of Julian Wolf, a brand management & business development agency. Before founding Julian Wolf in 2013, Mr. Baker was the Managing Director of Brand Strategy and Development at Infinity Lifestyle Brands, heading up the company's brands division and overseeing all licensing, marketing, strategy, and development for the private equity portfolio. Mr. Baker also served as Vice President of Business Affairs at Iconix Brand Group, Inc., where his role on the management team included closing on over $1 billion in brand acquisitions and joint ventures and growing the portfolio from 12 to 24 global brands.
Founder, Martha Stewart Living, Omnimedia
Martha Stewart is an entrepreneur, bestselling author (98 lifestyle books to date), Emmy award winning television show host, and Founder of the first multi-channel lifestyle company, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. Reaching more than 100 million devoted fans on a monthly basis through her magazines, television shows, books, and products for the home, sold at multiple retail and online outlets, Martha is the “go-to” source for the homemaker. She and her talented staff provide trusted , reliable, and useful information on all aspects of everyday living- cooking, entertaining, gardening, home renovating, collecting, organizing, crafting, healthy living, holidays, weddings and pet care. Her branded products can be found in tens of millions of homes and in thousands of retail locations. Martha expects to continue expanding her brand into travel, online sales, international partnerships and additional television programming.
Chief People Officer
Prior to Marquee Brands, Ms. Mascera was the Global Head of Human Resources at Carlson Capital. Before Carlson Capital, she was at Morgan Stanley where she was America’s Regional Head for Front Office Experienced Recruiting. Prior to Morgan Stanley, she worked at Vettery where she was a founding partner. The company was later acquired by Adecco. Ms. Mascera began her career with SAC Capital, where she started out as a trader and junior analyst on the Healthcare Equity team and later created and managed their Campus Recruiting Program amongst other Talent Acquisitions and Human Resources processes. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Florida.
Previously, Mr. Greller served as President of Saks OFF 5TH & Gilt Group at Hudson's Bay Company. In 2007, Mr. Greller launched Black Brown 1826 with designer Joseph Abboud. In addition, Mr. Greller has served as Senior Vice President at Lord & Taylor / Hudson's Bay and was responsible for Men’s, Women's, Private Brands, Design, Global Sourcing and Licensing during his tenure. Mr. Greller also serves on the retail advisory board at Syracuse University, Ronald McDonald Golf Committee and the Father of the Year National Council. Mr. Greller holds a B.S. in Retailing from Syracuse University.
Prior to joining Marquee Brands, Mr. Martin was a General Manager and Vice President of Video and Video Production at SiriusXM where he was responsible for news, talk, sports, music videos and podcasts. Prior to that, he was a Vice President of Digital Content, Strategy and Development at A+E Networks, where he was responsible for digital programming and digital development. He has also held senior positions at NBC News, including being Ann Curry’s lead producer. Mr. Martin holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from New York University and a Bachelor of Arts in History from University of Michigan.
Prior to Marquee Brands, Ms. Ryan was employed by Lands’ End recently serving as Senior Vice President of Retail, where she managed the Retail business unit, including Lands’ End shops at Sears, retail and outlet stores. Prior to that, Ms. Ryan served in various senior positions at J. Crew, Inc., including Vice President of Crewcuts, J.Crew’s children’s apparel division. Ms. Ryan has also served in various merchandising and management roles at Brooks Brothers, American Eagle, Abercrombie & Fitch and The Gap, Inc. Ms. Ryan attended Parsons School of Design, where she studied marketing and merchandising.
SVP Marquee Connect,
Colin Hagen has over 25 years of experience effectively growing and developing prominent brands through licensing, retail marketing, and partnerships. Mr. Hagen is responsible for leading the team to maximize the opportunities with the existing licensee base, developing new channels of distribution, identifying and targeting new partners for business development, and 3rd party strategic partnerships. Prior to Marquee Brands, Mr. Hagen worked for two of the most recognizable brands in the world. As the Vice President of Licensing at Major League Baseball, he was responsible for licensing and retail marketing for the Hard Goods category, where he secured the largest licensing deal in MLB hard goods history. While with the NFL, he was responsible for the hard goods category, player licensing programs, and a member of the Board of Directors of the NFL Quarterback Club. He was voted the 2nd most influential person in the collectibles industry and was the third recipient of the John Stromman Innovator Award. Additionally, he served as the President of the Sports Card Association (SCA).
Prior to Marquee Brands, Ms. Bekhor was Vice President, General Merchandise Manager, at Jimmy Choo. In this role, Ms. Bekhor drove growth via e-commerce and brick and mortar retail. Her responsibilities included buying, planning, training, after-sales service, and logistics. Prior to that, Ms. Bekhor was Head Couture Buyer for Bergdorf Goodman Evening and Bridal. There, Ms. Bekhor grew the Evening and Bridal business, identifying new designers and buying collections from J. Mendel, Carolina Herrera, Naeem Khan, and Monique Lhuillier. Previously, Ms. Bekhor worked at Polo Ralph Lauren where she was the Buying Director of Women’s Footwear and Accessories, and at Louis Vuitton, where she held a variety of Merchandising and Training roles in the US and London. Ms. Bekhor graduated from New York University with a Bachelor of Science in Communications.
Prior to Marquee Brands, Mr. Maule has held senior executive positions with several well recognized organizations including World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), Corus Entertainment (Toronto), The Walt Disney Company, Nitro Circus and Hallmark Cards. There, Mr. Maule helped provide the strategic vision and commercial plans for consumer product brands including Lion King, Toy Story and Hot Wheels. He was a former recipient of Mattel’s Partner of the Year, received Corus Entertainment’s Presidents Award, and was a finalist for Ernst and Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year in 2000. Mr. Maule was also a semiprofessional hockey player with the Kitchener Rangers Hockey Organization and was recognized by the Province of Ontario for Outstanding Athletic Achievement. Peter received his Bachelor of Business Administration with honors from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Canada.
Pamela Levine has over 20 years of experience in consumer brands, specifically in the sports, health, and wellness market. With an early foundation in sports marketing, Ms. Levine started her career as a sales manager and account representative for athletic brands such as Saucony and Quiksilver. She moved into senior management roles responsible for running various consumer brands ranging from $20M to $500M. Over her career, she has consistently been a member of senior management teams responsible for revenue generation, strategy development, and long-range business planning and execution. Ms Levine also focuses heavily on human capital development and executive mentorship. Ms. Levine is a proud UMass Amherst alumnus, with a Master's in Sports Management (2001) and a Bachelor’s degree in Math (1994) and Japanese. She is also a Student-Athlete alum, having played Tennis at UMass from 1990-1994.
Prior to joining Marquee Brands, Mr. Reid was Head of Merchandising and Marketing at Itochu Prominent USA, where he led the brand building vision for the company's wholesale licensed brands including Vince Camuto, Psycho Bunny, Perry Ellis, Original Penguin, Haggar and Lands' End. Mr. Reid led the team that launched Itochu's first Direct to Consumer brand, State of Matter apparel and had responsibility over all aspects of the business. Prior to that, he spent 15 years at Macy's, Inc, holding various leadership roles of increasing responsibilities across Merchandising, Product Development, Design, Planning and Marketing. Mr. Reid holds a Master of Business Administration from New York University (NYU) where he specialized in Strategy and Leadership.
Managing Director, Co-Founder
Samuel Porat is a Managing Director of Neuberger Berman, Co-Founder of Marquee Brands and a member of the Board. Mr. Porat serves as Head of Royalty and Alternative Income Investments at Neuberger Berman with responsibilities for Marquee Brands as well as Athyrium Opportunities, which is a credit strategy focused on the healthcare sector. Mr. Porat also serves on the Athyrium Investment Committees and the Athyrium Investment Team. Prior to joining Neuberger Berman in 2004, Mr. Porat worked in the Lehman Brothers Investment Banking Division in New York where he focused on corporate financings and strategic advisory across several industries. In addition, Mr. Porat was the Director of Strategic Planning at Alfy.com, a media startup from 1999-2001. Mr. Porat holds an M.B.A. with honors from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. with distinction from Yale University.
Managing Director, Co-Founder
Zachary Sigel is a Managing Director of Neuberger Berman, Co-Founder of Marquee Brands and a member of the Board. Mr. Sigel has responsibilities for Marquee Brands and specifically Brand Investments. Mr. Sigel has successfully completed numerous acquisitions in the consumer brand industry. Prior to forming Marquee Brands, Mr. Sigel focused on all aspects of consumer investing across the Neuberger Berman private equity platform. Before joining Neuberger Berman in 2007, Mr. Sigel worked as a Consumer Equity Research Analyst at Lehman Brothers where he was responsible for covering public equities in the Consumer Staples sector. Mr. Sigel graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in finance from The George Washington University.
David Zolot is a Principal of Neuberger Berman. As a member of Neuberger Berman’s Private Equity Group, Mr. Zolot is focused on acquisitions for Marquee Brands. Prior to joining Neuberger Berman, Mr. Zolot was a Senior Vice President of Corporate Development at Saban Brands Lifestyle Group, where he oversaw new brand acquisitions and corporate finance initiatives. Previously, Mr. Zolot was Vice President of Strategic Development at brand management Company, Iconix Brand Group (NASDAQ: ICON). From 2004 - 2011, Mr. Zolot was at Peter J. Solomon, a preeminent private investment banking firm focused on the apparel, retail, and consumer products industries. Mr. Zolot holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Michigan Undergraduate Business School.
Jackie Reshef is a Principal at Neuberger Berman. Ms. Reshef is focused on acquisitions for Marquee Brands. Prior to joining Neuberger Berman Private Equity, Ms. Reshef worked for two years in Mergers & Acquisitions Investment Banking at Jefferies, where she advised clients on M&A transactions across various industry verticals. Ms. Reshef graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Business Administration with High Distinction.
Kevin Chiu is a Principal at Neuberger Berman focused on acquisitions for Marquee Brands. Prior to joining Neuberger Berman Private Equity, Mr. Chiu worked for two years in Media & Telecom Investment Banking at Citi, where he advised clients on numerous M&A and financing transactions. Mr. Chiu graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in Economics with Distinction.
Justin Dai is an Associate at Neuberger Berman. Mr. Dai is focused on acquisitions for Marquee Brands. Prior to joining Neuberger Berman Private Equity, Mr. Dai worked for two years in Investment Banking at Moelis & Company, where he advised clients on numerous M&A and financing transactions. Mr. Dai graduated from the University of New South Wales with a combined Bachelor of Law and Commerce Majoring in Finance, with Distinction.
Ulyana Urzua Bravo
Ulyana Urzua Bravo is a Marketing Associate at Neuberger Berman. Ms. Bravo coordinates Marquee Brands communications, marketing and fundraising efforts. Prior to joining Neuberger Berman Private Equity, Ms. Bravo worked for a year at BTS, a Swedish consulting firm. Before that she worked for four years as an Investor Relations Associate at Professional Traders Management (PTM), a hedge fund that focused on PIPE transactions. At PTM, she was responsible for all investor communications and supported the capital-raising process. Ms. Bravo has an M.S. in Investor Relations from Fordham University’s Gabelli School of Business, and a B.A. in International Affairs and Economics with a minor in Latin American Studies from Baruch College