People: Kate Spade & Co (LIZ.F)
12 Sep 2014
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.
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