People: Kate Spade & Co (LIZ.F)
27 Feb 2017
Mr. Lawrence S. Benjamin is an Independent Director of Kate Spade & Co.(formerly Fifth & Pacific Companies Inc.), since January 27, 2011. In March 2015, Mr. Benjamin was elected to the board and selected to be board chairman of Diversified Foodservice Supply, Inc., a restaurant equipment distributor. 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 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. 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 Chief Executive Officer 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 on the boards of two non-profit organizations (The Nature Conservancy of Rhode Island and the International Crane Foundation) and is a lifetime trustee of Lake Forest Academy.
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