Perry Ellis International announces changes to its Board of Directors ("Board"). Alexandra Wilson, co-founder of Gilt, the innovative online shopping destination, has been elected to the Board effective February 20, 2014.
George Feldenkreis, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Perry Ellis International commented: "I am pleased to welcome Alexandra to our Board.
Alexandra is a legendary name in the luxury e-commerce world. She has a proven track record in marketing and brand building which will complement the experience of our current Board. I look forward to Alexandra's insight as we execute our strategies to grow our e-commerce sites and strengthen the marketing strength of our brands and infrastructure with innovative marketing and direct-to-consumer initiatives."
Ms. Wilson is co-founder of Gilt, the innovative online shopping destination founded in 2007, offering highly-coveted luxury lifestyle products and experiences to over 8 million members. As a member of the Leadership Team of Gilt, Ms. Wilson plays an integral role in shaping merchandising, business development, sales, branding, marketing, and social media for the company.
Prior to founding Gilt, Ms. Wilson worked in the luxury goods industry at Bulgari and at Louis Vuitton. Ms. Wilson began her career in investment banking at Merrill Lynch and subsequently worked at Financo. Ms. Wilson holds a B.A. from Harvard College, from which she graduated magna cum laude, and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Ms. Wilson speaks five languages (English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, and Italian). She has studied, lived, and worked internationally in Latin America, Europe, and Japan. Ms. Wilson is on the Board of Directors for three non-profits including the National Retail Federation Foundation, Dress for Success Worldwide and Fashion Group International.
"I am delighted to join the Perry Ellis Board," stated Ms. Wilson. "Perry Ellis possesses many strengths including compelling brands and a strong infrastructure. I am looking forward to working with the other members of the Board and the management team to assist the Company to reach its goals and objectives."
Contemporaneously with Ms. Wilson's appointment to the Board, Mr. Eduardo Sardiña will transition off the Board. Mr. Sardiña stated, "I am leaving the Perry Ellis Board in the capable hands of my fellow Board members. It has been a pleasure to serve on the Board and I expect Alexandra to add tremendously to the wisdom of the ongoing members."
"Eddie has played a very valuable role on our board over the last four years," said George Feldenkreis. "I am extremely grateful for his hard work, his intellect and contribution to our organization."
Following this announcement, the Board will include seven members, five of whom are independent, and each of whom possesses significant professional experience, particularly in the financial, retail and business services sectors.