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Kellwood Company appoints Lynn Shanahan as CEO

December 07, 2013 (United States Of America)

Kellwood Company, a leading apparel manufacturer and marketer owned by affiliates of Sun Capital Partners Inc., announced the appointment of Lynn Shanahan to Chief Executive Officer of Kellwood Company following the Initial Public Offering of VINCE, completed November 27th, 2013.

Previously the Chief Executive Officer of Kellwood Brands, Shanahan will now assume all corporate responsibilities of Kellwood Company including Finance, Human Resources, IT , e-commerce and Legal in addition to her existing role running the Branded, Junior and Private label businesses including Rebecca Taylor, David Meister, Sam Edelman and XOXO. She reports to the Board of Kellwood Company.

“Lynn brings 30 years of expertise in brand building, unrivaled industry knowledge and a charismatic leadership style to a pivotal moment of our growth,” said Christopher Metz, Managing Partner of Kellwood Company. “We couldn’t ask for more.”

VINCE, formerly a subsidiary of Kellwood Company, was successfully separated from the Company in an Initial Public Offering which raised $200 million. Further, VINCE raised an additional $175 million in new term loans.

Proceeds from the transactions were used to pay down Kellwood debt which was due in 2014 and 2017. Simultaneous with this transaction, Kellwood Company entered into a new five year $120 million Revolving Credit Facility with Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. to provide for its working capital needs under the new Kellwood Corporate structure.

Shanahan looks to substantially increase the business through the accelerated growth of indigenous brands, the creation of further strategic partnerships, and acquisitions. “We have outstanding brands, fast-turnaround design and production capabilities, relationships with retailers across the spectrum, and a best-in-class e-commerce division. It is a thrill and an honor to be able to lead Kellwood on a vigorous path to growth with this unbeatable mix of assets,” Shanahan said.

To drive the growth strategy of Kellwood, Shanahan, in short order, has built upon the already strong leadership team with three immediate and significant senior executive hires. Joe Lombardi, Chief Financial Officer of Kellwood Brands, is a ten-year veteran of Barnes & Noble, having held the CFO position. Joe has assumed the role of CFO of Kellwood Company.

Jim Scarfone has been appointed as Senior Vice President, Human Resources, joining Kellwood Company from Ulta Beauty, Duane Reade and Toys R Us; and as President of Sam Edelman Apparel, Leslie Singer, previously Executive Vice President of Sales and Merchandising for NYDJ, will join the Kellwood team on December 5th.

The Kellwood portfolio includes an array of well-known, high-growth apparel brands that appeal to a wide range of consumers and lifestyles. A significant success is the Rebecca Taylor Brand with double digit growth in the contemporary women’s fashion arena since acquired by Kellwood in 2011.


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