May 2, 2016 – Herbert Mines Associates has placed John N. Haugh as president and chief executive officer of Iconix Brand Group. He takes over from interim CEO Peter Cuneo, who transitions to executive chairman of the Iconix board.
Mr. Haugh is a proven executive with more than 30 years of experience leading premier global brands and retail businesses at highly respected companies, including Luxottica S.p.A., Build-A-Bear Workshop, and Mars. In his role as president of sun, luxury and retail services for Luxottica Retail, N.A., he led more than 14,000 Sunglass Hut employees.
Prior to joining Luxottica in 2011, Mr. Haugh was president of Build-A-Bear Workshop. Before that, he served as president of the Mars Retail Group for Mars, Inc. He previously held senior marketing, strategy and sales leadership roles with Payless ShoeSource, Universal Studios, and General Mills. Mr. Haugh is a member of the board of directors of Aeropostale and serves on the board of trustees for the International Council of Shopping Centers.
“Our board has identified in John a talented and experienced executive who can focus Iconix on accelerating organic growth with our portfolio of brands and on exploring opportunities for new acquisitions,” said Mr. Cuneo. “During the past six months, I have worked closely with our management team to diligently review our operations, to focus on refinancing our maturing 2016 convertible notes and to work with the SEC to conclude its comment letter process. We are well positioned for the next stage of growth under John’s leadership, and when I transition to executive chairman on April 1, my focus will shift to areas of need where I can best help the company.”
Mr. Haugh said: “It is an honor to take on the leadership of Iconix Brand Group. The company occupies a position of prominence in the industry and holds a tremendous portfolio of iconic brands that account for approximately$13 billion of retail sales globally. I look forward to leading a talented management team committed to our next stage of growth as we work with our retail partners to help them maximize the strength that the Iconix brands can bring to their businesses.”
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Headquartered in New York City, Iconix Brand Group is a brand management company that licenses brands to retailers and manufacturers primarily in the apparel, footwear, and apparel accessory industries. Its brands are available in such stores as Kohl’s, Kmart, Sears, Macy’s, Target and JC Penney.
Herbert Mines Associates is a specialist search boutique focusing on the retail, luxury, consumer products, hospitality & food service, fashion / apparel, and e-commerce industries. The firm is noted for its C-level recruiting work, placing presidents, chief operating officers and CEOs at a number of branded retailers, including Coach; Fred’s; Neiman Marcus; Payless ShoeSource; Ulta Beauty; Mama Rosa’s Pizza; Oregon Ice Cream Co.; Abercrombie & Fitch; Fender; Black Diamond; Bare Snacks; and Hollister Co., among dozens of others.
The New York-based search firm recently placed Shelley Broader as president and CEO of Fort Myers-headquartered Chico’s FAS, Steven R. Becker as CEO of Tuesday Morning Corp., as well as R. Shawn Neville as CEO of footwear company Aerosoles.
Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media