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PRE 14A
ICONIX BRAND GROUP, INC. filed this Form PRE 14A on 04/01/2019
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ROBERT C. GALVIN

Director since 2018

Age 59

 

Robert C. Galvin has served as our President and Chief Executive Officer and on our Board of Directors since October 2018. He also currently serves as an independent director of Lands’ End, which he joined in 2014. Until he joined the Company, Mr. Galvin had been a director of Cherokee Inc. since June 2012 and had been its Chairman of the Board since June 2017, as well as an independent director of Big 5 Sporting Goods Corp and Trans World Entertainment. Previously, Mr. Galvin also served as an independent director of Bebe Stores. Mr. Galvin is also the founder and has been a Principal of Galvin Consulting, LLC, a consulting firm providing strategic services to private equity firms since November 2013. Previously, he served as Chief Executive Officer of Elie Tahari, Ltd. from January 2013 to November 2013. Prior to that he served as Chief Operating Officer and President of Sports Brands International Ltd. (Fila), and President of Camuto Group. In these roles Mr. Galvin has had extensive experience managing global brand licensing activities for these companies. In addition, Mr. Galvin was instrumental in the refinancing of material indebtedness and cost restructurings at Cherokee and SBI. Mr. Galvin served as Chief Operating Officer of Nine West Group Inc. Mr. Galvin is a graduate of Fairfield University and holds an MBA from the Stern School of Business at NYU. The Board believes that Mr. Galvin’s business background and experience as an executive in an industry heavily involved in the licensing business, make him well suited to serve on our Board.

 

JAMES A. MARCUM

Director since 2007

Age 59

 

James A. Marcum has served on our Board of Directors since October 2007. Since January 2016, Mr. Marcum has served as a Senior Operating Partner for an affiliate of Apollo Global Management Holdings, LLC. Prior to that, Mr. Marcum served as an Operating Partner and Operating Executive of Tri-Artisan Capital Partners, LLC, a merchant banking firm, positions he held from December 2014 to January 2016. From August 2013 to December 2014, Mr. Marcum served as Chief Executive Officer, President and Director of Heartland Automotive Services, Inc., the nation’s largest franchisee of Jiffy Lubes. From February 2010 through December 31, 2012, Mr. Marcum served as the Chief Executive Officer, President and Director of Central Parking Corporation, a nationwide provider of professional parking management. From September 2008 to January 2010, Mr. Marcum served as Vice Chairman, Acting President and Chief Executive Officer of Circuit City Stores, Inc., a specialty retailer of consumer electronics where Mr. Marcum had also served as a member of the board of directors since June 2008. Circuit City Stores, Inc. filed for bankruptcy in November 2008. Prior to Circuit City Stores Inc., Mr. Marcum served in several other notable board capacities and senior executive roles, including roles as Lead Director, CEO, COO and CFO for a variety of nationwide specialty retailers, both public and private. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from Southern Connecticut State University in accounting and economics in 1980. The Board believes that Mr. Marcum’s contributions to the Board of Directors are well served by his extensive business background and his experience as a corporate executive of national retail establishments.

 

In February 2019, the Board determined to reduce the size of the Board to five members, effective upon the due election and qualification of directors at the Company’s 2019 Annual Meeting. Accordingly, Mr. Friedman and Ms. Gove will conclude their service as members of the Board and any committee thereof on the date of the Company’s 2019 Annual Meeting.

 

Biographies for Ms. Gove and Mr. Friedman are as follows:

 

MARK FRIEDMAN

Director Since 2006

Age 55

 

Mark Friedman has served on our Board of Directors since October 2006. Mr. Friedman has been a Managing Partner at The Retail Tracker, an investment advisory and consulting firm since May 2006. From 1996 to 2006, Mr. Friedman was with Merrill Lynch, serving in various capacities, including group head of its U.S. equity research retail team where he specialized in analyzing and evaluating specialty retailers in the apparel, accessory and home goods segments. Prior to joining Merrill Lynch, Mr. Friedman specialized in similar areas for Lehman Brothers Inc. and Goldman, Sachs & Co. Mr. Friedman has been ranked on the Institutional Investor All-American Research Team as one of the top-rated sector analysts. He received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Michigan in 1986 and a Master’s degree in business administration from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania in 1990.

 

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