People: Kate Spade & Co (LIZ.MU)

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Nancy Karch

66 2013 Independent Chairman of the Board

George Carrara

45 2014 President, Chief Operating Officer

Craig Leavitt

53 2014 Chief Executive Officer, Director

Linda Yanussi

52 2013 Senior Vice President - Information Technology and Global Operations

Deborah Lloyd

49 2014 Chief Creative Officer, Director

Kenneth Kopelman

62 1996 Director

Bernard Aronson

1998 Independent Director

Lawrence Benjamin

58 2011 Independent Director

Raul Fernandez

47 2000 Independent Director

Kenneth Gilman

67 2008 Independent Director

Douglas Mack

45 2014 Independent Director

Doreen Toben

64 2009 Independent Director

Kay Koplovitz

69 2013 Non-Executive Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

Nancy Karch

Ms. Nancy J. Karch is an Independent Chairman of the Board of Kate Spade & Co.(formerly Fifth & Pacific Companies Inc.), effective May 14, 2013. She was elected a Director of the Company since January 25, 2000. Ms. Karch was a Director (senior partner) of McKinsey & Co., an independent consulting firm, from 1988 until her retirement in 2000. She had served in various executive capacities at McKinsey since 1974. Ms. Karch is a Director Emeritus of McKinsey & Co., and serves as a director of Kimberly-Clark, a consumer products company; MasterCard Inc., a payment systems brand and processor; Genworth Financial, Inc., a company that provides various insurance and investment-related products and services in the United States and internationally; and The Corporate Executive Board, a business research company. She also serves on the board of Northern Westchester Hospital, a not-for-profit organization. Ms. Karch's background as a consultant to companies in the retail and consumer products sector, and her extensive experience as a public company director, provides the Board beneficial insights into the retail industry and matters relating to brand marketing and corporate governance.

George Carrara

Mr. George M. Carrara, CPA, has been appointed as President, Chief Operating Officer of Kate Spade & Co.(formerly Fifth & Pacific Companies Inc.), effective February 26, 2014. He joined the Company in April 2012 as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer. Prior to that, he had held numerous finance positions at Tommy Hilfiger over the prior 12 years, including Chief Financial Officer for the Jeans division from 1999 to 2003; Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of wholesale operations from 2003 to 2004; Executive Vice President of US Operations — Wholesale and Retail from 2004 to 2005 and Chief Operating Officer from 2006 to 2011.

Craig Leavitt

Mr. Craig Leavitt has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer, Director of Kate Spade & Co.(formerly Fifth & Pacific Companies Inc.), effective as of February 26, 2014. Mr. Leavitt served as Co-President and Chief Operating Officer of Kate Spade, LLC from his arrival in April 2008 through October 2010, at which time, he was named Chief Executive Officer of Kate Spade, LLC. Prior to joining Kate Spade, LLC, Mr. Leavitt was President of Global Retail at Link Theory Holdings, where he had total responsibility for merchandising, operations, planning, allocation and real estate for the Theory and Helmut Lang retail businesses. Previously, he spent several years at Diesel, most recently as Executive Vice President of Sales and Retail. Mr. Leavitt also spent 16 years at Polo Ralph Lauren, where he held positions of increasing responsibility, the last being Executive Vice President of Retail. Mr. Leavitt's strategic planning and leadership skills, and retail experience within the industry, provides the Board with invaluable insights into retail operations.

Linda Yanussi

Ms. Linda Yanussi serves as the Senior Vice President - Information Technology and Global Operations of Kate Spade & Co.(formerly Fifth & Pacific Companies Inc.). She joined the Company in April 2012 as Vice President of Information Technology and assumed her current position in January 2013. Prior to joining the Company, she held various positions at Tommy Hilfiger over a period of eleven years, most recently as Senior Vice President of Operations and Logistics, North America at Tommy Hilfiger for over four years and Vice President of Operations prior to that.

Deborah Lloyd

Ms. Deborah Lloyd has been appointed as Chief Creative Officer, Director of Kate Spade & Co.(formerly Fifth & Pacific Companies Inc.), effective February 26, 2014. Ms. Lloyd joined Kate Spade, LLC as Co-President and Chief Creative Officer in November 2007 and has overseen all creative aspects of the Kate Spade brands since that time. Prior to joining Kate Spade, LLC, Ms. Lloyd spent six years as Executive Vice President of Design and Product Development at Banana Republic and five years at Burberry. Previously, she honed her skills at such brands as Aquascutum, Kenzo and Daniel Hechter. Ms. Lloyd is an active member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America and sits on the organization's Board of Directors. She has received several British Fashion Council Awards for her work at Burberry, and she was named an Independent Handbag Designer Awards Iconoclast Award Winner in 2010. Ms. Lloyd's creative talent and experience in design and product development provide important insight to the Board on the product creative and development process.

Kenneth Kopelman

Mr. Kenneth P. Kopelman is Director of Kate Spade & Co.(formerly Fifth & Pacific Companies Inc.), since 1996. Since 1984, Mr. Kopelman has been a partner in the New York City law firm of Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP, a firm which provides legal services to the Company. He is a Director and Chair of the New York Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors, a national not-for-profit membership organization serving the corporate governance needs of corporate boards and directors, and was recognized in 2011 as one of the most influential leaders in the corporate governance community by the NACD's national magazine, Directorship—who named him to its annual list, the "Directorship 100." Mr. Kopelman previously served as a director of Mobius Management Systems, Inc., a computer software company, through June 2007. Mr. Kopelman's background as a corporate attorney and counselor provides the Board helpful insight in the areas of corporate governance matters and financing matters, and his long time experience within the apparel industry and association with the Company provides the Board with additional valuable perspective.

Bernard Aronson

Mr. Bernard W. Aronson is an Independent Director of Kate Spade & Co.(formerly Fifth & Pacific Companies Inc.), since 1998. Mr. Aronson is Founding Partner of ACON Investments LLC, a private investment vehicle. He served as International Advisor to Goldman Sachs & Co. from 1993 to 1996 and as Assistant Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs from 1989 to 1993. Mr. Aronson also served as Deputy Assistant to the President of the United States, Executive Speechwriter to the President, and Special Assistant and Speechwriter to the Vice President, from 1977 to 1981. Mr. Aronson is also a director of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., a global cruise company; Chroma Oil & Gas, LP and Sequitur Energy, Inc., both oil and gas exploration and production companies; and ACON Franchise Holdings, LLC, a franchise development company. Mr. Aronson also serves on a number of not-for-profit boards, including the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs and the Nature Conservancy D.C./Maryland Chapter. Mr. Aronson's experience as an international private equity investor, his experience as a director of public companies, and his experience in government and international trade matters, provides the Board valuable perspective on government relations, corporate governance matters, capital markets and trade issues.

Lawrence Benjamin

Mr. Lawrence S. Benjamin is an Independent Director of Kate Spade & Co.(formerly Fifth & Pacific Companies Inc.), since January 27, 2011. Since January 2012, Mr. Benjamin has served as a Senior Advisor for New Mountain Capital, a private equity firm, and since February 2011, as a Managing Director of Capwell Partners LLC, a private equity firm. In September 2011, Mr. Benjamin was elected to the board of IRI, a market research company. In February 2012, Mr. Benjamin was elected to the board of Sun Products Corporation, a consumer products company. In November 2012, Mr. Benjamin was elected to the board of ABB Concise Optical Group, LLC, an optical distributor and manufacturer. From 2006 until his retirement in February 2011, he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Ahold USA, a subsidiary of Koninklijke Ahold NV, an international food retailing group based in the Netherlands. Mr. Benjamin was Ahold's highest ranking executive in the U.S., responsible for the Stop & Shop/Giant-Landover and Giant-Carlisle superstores and supermarkets, as well as all operations in the country. In 2009, he was also appointed to Ahold's global Corporate Executive Board. Mr. Benjamin joined Ahold in October of 2003 as President and Chief Executive Officer of U.S. Foodservice. Prior to joining Ahold, Mr. Benjamin worked with several private equity firms, where he held several operating positions, including serving as CEO at NutraSweet Company, Specialty Foods Corporation and Stella Foods. Previously, he held management-level positions in the retail and ingredient divisions of Kraft Foods. Mr. Benjamin also serves as a board member of the not-for-profit organization Lake Forest Academy and the International Crane Foundation. Mr. Benjamin's long history in key operating roles with global brands, and experience with a variety of strategic initiatives related to corporate governance, standardizing operations and turnarounds, among others, provides the Board with significant input on a variety of matters.

Raul Fernandez

Mr. Raul J. Fernandez is an Independent Director of Kate Spade & Co.(formerly Fifth & Pacific Companies Inc.), since March 9, 2000. Mr. Fernandez is Chairman of ObjectVideo, Inc. From 2000 to 2002, he served as Chief Executive Officer for Dimension Data North America, an information systems integrator company, and as a director of its parent company, Dimension Data Holdings Plc, in 2001. He previously served as Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President of Proxicom, Inc., a publicly traded Internet development and e-business consulting company he founded in 1991. Mr. Fernandez serves as director of EXP, Inc. (formerly known as TROW), a Canadian based engineering and consulting company and ValueOptions, a health care management services provider. Mr. Fernandez is also Vice Chairman of Monumental Sports & Entertainment, a private partnership which owns the NBA's Washington Wizards, the NHL's Washington Capitals, the WNBA's Washington Mystics and owns and operates the Verizon Center. Fernandez, a native Washingtonian, is an active philanthropist in the D.C. regional non-profits, focusing his energy primarily on educational reform. In 2000, he co-founded Venture Philanthropy Partners, a philanthropic investment organization based out of Washington, D.C. Fernandez is the Chairman of Fight for Children and sits on various other non-profit boards, including the Smithsonian Institution, America's Promise, the D.C. College Access Program (DCCAP), the D.C. Public Education Fund, and the Fernandez Foundation. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of Maryland. Mr. Fernandez' extensive operating experience and entrepreneurial background as founder and CEO of technology companies, including in the area of e-business, provides the Board valuable views in the areas of technology and information systems.

Kenneth Gilman

Mr. Kenneth B. Gilman is an Independent Director of Kate Spade & Co.(formerly Fifth & Pacific Companies Inc.), since February 25, 2008. Mr. Gilman served as the Chief Executive Officer of Asbury Automotive Group, an automotive retailing and services company, from 2001 to May 2007. Previously, from 1976 to 2001, Mr. Gilman was employed in a variety of capacities with L Brands, a specialty apparel retailer, where his most recent assignment was Chief Executive Officer of Lane Bryant. From 1993 to 2001, Mr. Gilman served as Vice Chairman and Chief Administrative Officer of L Brands, with responsibility for finance, information technology, supply chain management, production, real estate, legal and internal audit. From 1987 to 1993, he was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of L Brands. He joined L Brands' executive committee in 1987 and was elected to its board of directors in 1990. Mr. Gilman serves as a director of Zale Corporation, a retailer of fine jewelry. Mr. Gilman also serves as a member of the Board of Governors of Hebrew Union College—Jewish Institute of Religion and as a Trustee for the Jewish Center of the Hamptons and The Manhattan Institute, all not-for-profit organizations. Mr. Gilman's extensive operating experience as Chief Financial Officer, Chief Administrative Officer and Chief Executive Officer of retail companies, including twenty-five years of experience at L Brands, provides the Board with useful insight into operational issues, particularly in the retail sector, and financial matters.

Douglas Mack

Mr. Douglas Mack is Independent Director of the Company. Previously, Mack served as CEO of One Kings Lane, a leading online destination for home design, which he joined as a $10M start-up and led its growth into an Internet Retailer Top 100 company. Prior to One Kings Lane, Mack was CEO of Scene7, the leading rich-media platform for eCommerce, which has powered websites for more than 1,000 global retailers. After completing the sale of Scene7 to Adobe, Mack joined the Adobe leadership team, and ultimately became GM of the digital media division, which included flagship properties such as Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Flash Media Server. Mack began his career in the General Electric management training programs, was an engagement manager with McKinsey & Company and later became Executive Vice President of Broderbund Software. A Boston College graduate, Mack was named to Business Insider’s “Silicon Valley 100” four years running.

Doreen Toben

Ms. Doreen A. Toben is an Independent Director of Kate Spade & Co.(formerly Fifth & Pacific Companies Inc.), since October 7, 2009. Most recently, Ms. Toben served as executive vice president of Verizon Communications, Inc., a position from which she retired in June 2009. From April 2002 to February 2009, she served as Verizon's Chief Financial Officer and was responsible for its finance and strategic planning efforts. Prior to April 2002, Ms. Toben was Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer with responsibility for finance and strategic planning for Verizon's Telecom Group. A 30-year telecommunications veteran, she began her career at AT&T Corp. and over the years held various positions of increasing responsibility primarily in treasury, strategic planning and finance both there, and beginning in 1984, at Bell Atlantic Inc. Ms. Toben also serves as a director of the New York Times Company and as a director of ARRIS Group, a video and broadband technology company. Ms. Toben's experience during her 21 years at Verizon in the areas of finance and strategic planning provides the Board with the perspective of someone familiar with all facets of a global enterprise, particularly in light of her recent direct responsibility for financial and accounting matters.

Kay Koplovitz

Ms. Kay Koplovitz is Non-Executive Independent Director of Kate Spade & Co.(formerly Fifth & Pacific Companies Inc.). She is no longer Non - Executive Independent Chairman of the Board of the company effective May 14, 2013. She was elected a Director of the Company in 1992. Effective January 1, 2007, Ms. Koplovitz became Chairman of the Board. She is currently a principal of Koplovitz & Co. LLC., a media investment firm. Ms. Koplovitz is the founder of USA Network, an international cable television programming company, which included Sci-Fi Channel and USA Networks International, and served as its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer from 1977 to 1998. In 2001, Ms. Koplovitz established Boldcap Ventures, a venture capital fund of which she is a governing board member. Ms. Koplovitz serves on the boards of a number of not-for-profit organizations, including the Paley Center for Media, the International Tennis Hall of Fame, and Springboard Enterprises, and the University of Wisconsin, where she is a Trustee for The College of Letters and Sciences. Ms. Koplovitz also serves on the board of CA, Inc., an information technology management software company, and is a board member of ION Media Networks, Inc., a national television broadcast company. Ms. Koplovitz's entrepreneurial and operating experience, including as founder and CEO of USA Networks, as well as her current role as principal of an investment company focused on companies in the media and technology sectors, provides the Board valuable insight into a range of operational matters and the capital markets.
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