Michael DeVirgilio

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Michael DeVirgilio is currently the President of Marquee Brands and member of the Marquee Board of Managers. Prior to joining Marquee Brands, 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), and held various sales and merchandising functions within both Hugo Boss USA and Hartmarx Corporation.


Neil Fiske

Chief Executive Officer
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Neil Fiske’s career as a CEO has focused on building brands, transforming businesses, and adapting to a seamlessly omnichannel 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 and 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.

Cory M. Baker

Chief Operating Officer
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Cory M. Baker is currently the Chief Operating Officer of Marquee Brands and member of the Marquee Board of Managers. Prior to joining Marquee Brands, 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.  At Iconix, Mr. Baker also helped strategize the company’s international marketing and brand management to develop cross-brand licensing expansion programs for the entire roster, including major national brands such as Joe Boxer, Starter, Candies, Badgley Mischka, and OP. 

Mr. Baker began his career in intellectual property law focused in film, music, television, fashion, and hospitality where he played instrumental roles in brand extension programs.


Samuel Porat

Managing Director of Neuberger Berman
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Samuel Porat is currently a Managing Director of Neuberger Berman. Mr. Porat is a member of the Marquee Brands Board of Managers and is Head of Alternative Yield strategies at Neuberger Berman and in that capacity he is also responsible for all Neuberger Berman-led operations and activities related to Athyrium investments, a credit strategy focused on the healthcare sector. Prior to joining NB Alternatives in 2004, Mr. Porat worked in Lehman Brothers’ Investment Banking Division in New York from 1997-1999 where he focused on corporate financings and strategic advisory across several industries. In addition, Mr. Porat was the Director of Strategic Planning at a venture-backed startup company based in New York 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.

Zachary P. Sigel

Managing Director of Neuberger Berman
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Zachary Sigel is a Managing Director of Neuberger Berman 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

Principal of Neuberger Berman
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David Zolot is currently a Principal of Neuberger Berman. Prior to joining Neuberger Berman Private Equity, 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 a Vice President of Strategic Development at brand management company, Iconix Brand Group. From 2004 - 2011, Nr. 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

Vice President of Neuberger Berman
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Jackie Reshef is currently a Vice President of Neuberger Berman. Prior to joining Neuberger Berman Private Equity, Mrs. Reshef worked for two years in Mergers & Acquisitions Investment Banking at Jefferies, where she advised clients on M&A transactions across various industry verticals. Mrs. Reshef graduated from University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Business Administration with High Distinction.

Kevin Chiu

Vice President of Neuberger Berman
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Kevin Chiu is currently a Vice President of Neuberger Berman. 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.