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FIT appoints new trustees & directors

Nov '19
Pic: Fashion Institute of Technology
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The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) board of trustees has named two new trustees, Gabrielle Fialkoff and Mona Aboelnaga Kanaan, to its 16-member board. Fialkoff and Kanaan, appointees of the panel for educational policy of the New York City Department of Education, FIT’s local sponsor, have commenced terms that end on June 30, 2023, and June 30, 2024.

Additionally, the FIT Foundation, the primary fundraising arm for the college, recently elected new board leadership as well as new directors, who will each serve a three-year term. Gary Sheinbaum, chief executive officer of Tommy Hilfiger Americas, was elected chair of the FIT Foundation and Eric Fisch, Carmen Nestares, and Ivan Bart were all elected as new directors, according to FIT.

Fialkoff’s extensive experience working with the non-profit, philanthropic, government, and business communities provides a unique perspective into the inner workings of other sectors. She is the founder of GKF group, an advisory firm offering dynamic strategies on social impact, partnerships, and public affairs.

Kanaan is an experienced CEO, serial entrepreneur, investor, and corporate director with more than 25 years of experience in global finance and investment. She is currently managing partner at K6 Investments, a private investment firm she founded to invest in a wide array of industries, including financial services, technology, consumer products, and entertainment.

“I am so honoured to be the new chair of the FIT Foundation. FIT is such an iconic institution bringing together design, fashion, and technology. To be able to support the foundation’s efforts to promote creativity, innovation, equality, and inclusivity in the fashion and creative industries is a privilege, and I look forward to being a part of all the incredible work they do,” Sheinbaum said.

“I am so pleased to have this distinguished group of individuals joining FIT’s boards. I am confident that with their talent, experience, and enthusiasm for FIT, they will have much to contribute to our efforts—and I look forward to working with them,” FIT board of trustees chair Elizabeth T. Peek said.

“FIT will benefit from the experience and expertise of each of these accomplished individuals, all of whom broaden our outreach to relevant sectors of the creative economy. I am delighted to welcome them to the college and to the foundation,” FIT president Joyce F. Brown said.

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