Mindy Grossman is Chief Executive Officer of HSN, Inc. (NASDAQ: HSNI) and a member of the company’s Board of Directors. She oversees a $3.4 billion direct to consumer retail portfolio that includes HSN and the Cornerstone portfolio of home and family lifestyle brands.
During her tenure she has positioned HSNi as a leader in boundaryless retail, offering customers a seamless shopping experience across multiple channels – television, catalogue, online and mobile. Nearly half of the company’s revenue is now generated through digital commerce.
A 35-year veteran of the retail and apparel industries, Mindy joined IAC, HSNi’s former parent company, in 2006 as CEO of IAC Retail. In 2008, she took the company public and became the CEO of HSNi. Since then she has transformed HSN into a lifestyle network offering an exciting array of products, personalities and experiences designed to engage, inform and entertain. She has pioneered visionary, industry-changing innovations such as Shop by Remote, HSN Arcade and HSN Live and formed unique partnerships with brands such as Coca Cola, Toyota and Disney. She has also reshaped the Cornerstone Brands portfolio by spearheading the digital transformation of the catalogue business and acquiring fast-growing brands such as Chasing Fireflies.
Prior to joining IAC, she served as a Global Vice President at Nike, Inc., overseeing its $4 billion apparel business. At Nike, she led the development and growth of the global women's business and served as co-chair of Nike’s Women's Leadership Council. Earlier career highlights include serving as President and CEO of Polo Jeans Company, Vice President of New Business Development at Polo Ralph Lauren Corporation, President of Chaps Ralph Lauren, and Senior Vice President of Menswear for Warnaco, Inc. She also held senior positions at Tommy Hilfiger and Oxford Industries.
In 2014, Mindy was recognized as one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business. In 2013, Forbes magazine named Mindy one of the world’s 100 most powerful women, an honor she has received three times. In 2011, she was named Corporate Innovator of the Year at the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year® Florida Awards. In both 2010 and 2011, Mindy was ranked by the Financial Times as one of the top 50 women in world business.
Mindy serves on the boards of the National Retail Federation, Bloomin’ Brands and the U.S. Fund for UNICEF.
Judy Schmeling is Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer for HSN, Inc. In this role, she oversees the company’s finance, information technology, customer care, facilities, supply chain & logistics, corporate strategy and mergers & acquisitions, as well as affiliate relations. Within the financial arena, she is responsible for treasury, financial planning and analysis, accounting, tax and investor relations.
Judy assumed the COO/CFO dual role in May 2013, having previously served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer since 2001. Her accomplishments as CFO include refinancing the company’s debt and leading a multi-year systems transformation to enable more personalized customer service and stronger analytics.
Judy joined HSN, Inc. in 1994 as Director of Investor Relations and Treasury. She was promoted to Vice President of Strategic Planning and Analysis in 1998 and to Senior Vice President of Finance in 1999.
Previously, Judy was Managing Director for Tunstall Consulting Inc., a corporate financial planning firm. Before that, she held various management positions at Deloitte & Touche.
A native Floridian, Judy earned her bachelor of science in Accounting from Florida State University. She serves on the Board of Directors for Constellation Brands Inc. and on the Advisory Board for FM Global. She was named 2010 CFO of the Year in the public company category by the Tampa Bay Business Journal.
Bill Brand is the President of HSN and the Chief Marketing Officer at HSNi a $3.4 billion direct-to-consumer retail portfolio. Brand has been a transformational leader in the media, retail and entertainment industries for 25 years. Prior to HSNi, he served as Senior Vice President of Reality Programming at Lifetime in Los Angeles, and Vice President, Programming and Production, VH1 in New York.
Brand joined HSN in 2006 and has been instrumental in transforming the company into a lifestyle network. Brand’s comprehensive entertainment integration strategy has leveraged revolutionary partnerships with Univision, Disney, Universal, Sony, and Paramount studios.
Brand specializes in building strategic partnerships that create meaningful content that drive the business. He has created successful alliances with global companies such as Toyota, Coca-Cola, and Norwegian Cruise Lines.
Since 2014, Brand’s responsibilities at HSNi have expanded to include ecommerce & retail innovation strategies, video commerce, partnerships, corporate communications and creative development across all platforms, including developing key talent, all of which have contributed to new programming concepts, retail storytelling devices and customer loyalty strategies. In 2013, HSN posted unprecedented customer growth and a total customer file that is now at record levels.
Brand developed HSNi Cares, the philanthropic arm of the company. He is on the Board of Directors for the National Retail Federation Foundation and the GRMA Advisory Board.
Jeffrey Kuster is the President of Cornerstone and an Executive Officer of HSNi. Cornerstone is an interactive, direct-to-consumer business that distributes more than 320 million catalogs annually, and operates eight unique ecommerce sites and 11 retail stores.
In his new role as President of Cornerstone, Kuster will assume responsibility for HSNi’s portfolio of aspirational home and apparel lifestyle brands that include Frontgate, Ballard Designs, Garnet Hill, Grandin Road, Chasing Fireflies, Improvements, and TravelSmith. He will lead the strategic vision, drive growth and expand Cornerstone’s digital presence to continue to increase customer acquisition and overall profitability.
Kuster has held various leadership positions in apparel, fashion and retail, most recently at Berkshire Hathaway’s Fruit of the Loom, as the Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing and Strategy Officer. In this role, Mr. Kuster developed and implemented a corporate transformation strategy, driving change from manufacturing heritage to a consumer-centric and brand-driven culture. He managed a portfolio of iconic brands including Fruit of the Loom, Vanity Fair, Spalding, and Russell Athletic. In particular, he had marketing and merchandising responsibility for Fruit of the Loom and Vanity Fair, and led strategy for the corporation.
Prior to this role, Kuster held a number of positions of increasing responsibility in Europe, where he was based for eight years. He served as the company’s CEO for EMEA and India, which followed four years as President of Vanity Fair Brands Europe. Fluent in French and Spanish, Mr. Kuster brings global experience and perspective to his new role. He joined VF Corporation in 2001 after four years at McKinsey & Company. From 1988 to 1995, he served in a variety of public sector and NGO roles at the World Bank, Doctors without Borders, the Bureau of Labor Statistics and The Peace Corps.
Mr. Kuster holds a B.A. in Economics and International Relations from Beloit College, and an MBA and MPP from the University of Chicago’s Graduate School of Business and the Harris School of Public Policy Studies.
As Chief Legal Officer and Secretary for HSNi, Greg Henchel oversees all legal matters for the company’s $3.4 billion retail portfolio, including regulatory issues, litigation, employment, commercial, corporate governance, securities and intellectual property. He manages HSNi's legal team of more than 25 professionals.
Prior to joining HSNi in 2010, Greg served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Tween Brands, Inc., operator of the Limited Too and Justice retail brands, where he managed and directed all non-real-estate legal affairs for the company. Prior to Tween Brands, he was Assistant General Counsel at Cardinal Health, Inc. and a litigation associate at Jones Day.
Greg graduated cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School and received his bachelor of arts degree from the University of Michigan. He is a member of the Bar of the State of Ohio and State of Illinois, as well as a member of the Board of Directors for the Electronic Retailing Association.
Maria Martinez serves as Chief Human Resources Officer for HSN, Inc. (HSNi). In this role, she is responsible for talent acquisition and assessment, succession planning, leadership development, employee engagement, performance management, total rewards, and wellness programs across the entire HSNi brand portfolio. An innovative and results oriented leader, Ms. Martinez has developed and spearheaded a number of internal initiatives that have made an impact across HSNi.
Ms. Martinez has more than twenty years of experience in strategic planning, organizational development and team building. She formerly held the role of Senior Vice President overseeing the talent management function for HSN and human resources and talent development for the Cornerstone brands. She also played a vital role in the integration of the Chasing Fireflies brand into HSNi. She first joined HSN in 1995 as Manager, HR Subsidiaries, advancing to Vice President by 2005.
Previously, she was Vice President, Human Resources for the Laser Spine Institute where she established the company’s human resources function and supported the expansion of the organization’s business to multiple sites. She has also held several senior-level positions in human resources for Bausch & Lomb and Darden Restaurants.
She serves as Vice President of the Board of Girls Inc. of Pinellas. Ms. Martinez has served as a mentor through the USF Corporate Mentor Program, and she and her son regularly volunteer their time at Metropolitan Ministries in Tampa.
Ms. Martinez earned dual Bachelor of Arts degrees in French and Psychology from the University of South Florida and a Master of Science in Industrial Organizational Psychology from the Florida Institute of Technology.
Andy Sheldon is Chief Creative Officer and GM of HSN Productions for HSN, Inc., a position he has held since March 2013. In this role, Andy is responsible for overseeing and expanding HSN's live music and entertainment business and providing creative vision and strategy for the company’s large-scale events and experiences.
A leader in the radio and television industry for more than 20 years, Andy joined HSN in 2007 as Executive Vice President of Television and Executive Creative Director. He was promoted to EVP of Television, Live Events & Creative in 2012.
Andy’s unique approach to the development and distribution of creative content has enabled HSN to lead in an era where immersive experiences drive engagement and technology allows new ways of reaching consumers. A prime example is his creation of the HSN Live concert series, which features live performances and launch events from today's top recording artists, with content streamed simultaneously across platforms TV, mobile, tablet and web platforms. Tony Bennett, Rod Stewart and Lionel Richie are just a few of the entertainers who have chosen to debut their latest releases on HSN Live, typically breaking sales records in the process.
Prior to joining HSN, Inc. Andy served as Head of Broadcasting for London-based iBuy TV, an interactive, multi-format auction television channel that he created. Previously, he held the same role for Auction World.tv, and was an on-air announcer with top U.K. television and radio outlets including Shop!, Heart 106.2, Capital Radio and Power FM. In the mid-1980s, Andy was a household name throughout England and parts of Europe as the highly engaging host for "Fun Factory," a top-rated children's Saturday morning TV show broadcast via SKY Channel.
Andy received his Bachelor’s of Arts degree from the Trinity College of Music in the UK.
As Chief Information Officer for HSN, Inc., Karen Etzkorn oversees all aspects of information technology, providing the vision and direction needed to support the company’s numerous strategic and business objectives.
A highly respected leader within the technology and IT industry for more than 25 years, Karen joined HSNi in January 2013. She is a driving force behind the multi-year systems transformation of core processes and technologies currently under way – which will not only increase efficiency but create a truly seamless integrated experience for customers. Karen also plays an integral role in the ongoing development and execution of a comprehensive technology roadmap across all of HSNi’s digital platforms.
Before joining HSNi, Karen served as Senior Vice President and CIO at Ascena Retail, Inc., where she was credited with integrating the IT functions of three brands and consolidating the company’s data centers. Previously, she was Senior Vice President and CIO at Tween Brands, Inc. and held senior technology positions at retailers such as The Home Depot, Williams-Sonoma, Inc., Gap, Inc., and Limited, Inc.
Karen received her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Ohio State University.
Michael J. Attinella is Chief Financial Officer of HSN and Chief Accounting Officer of HSN, Inc. As CFO of HSN, Mike is charged with oversight of all financial matters, including strategic planning, financial reporting and analysis, accounting, tax, credit and risk management. As Chief Accounting Officer of HSN, Inc., he is responsible for internal and external financial reporting for the company.
Mike joined HSN in 2001 as Vice President and Controller. Prior to assuming his current role in May 2013, he served as Senior Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer and Corporate Controller of HSN, Inc. since the company’s formation as a publicly listed company in 2008.
Mike previously served as Vice President and Controller of Catalina Marketing Group, a publicly traded marketing services firm, and as Chief Operating Officer for CMB Capital, LLC, a private equity/venture capital firm. Earlier, he held positions of increasing financial and operational responsibility at Tech Data Corporation, a multinational publicly traded distribution company, rising to Vice President of Mergers, Acquisition and Corporate Performance. Mike began his career at Arthur Andersen, an international public accounting firm. He received his bachelor of science in accounting from Pennsylvania State University.
Mike serves on the boards of directors for Junior Achievement of Greater Tampa Bay, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Pinellas County.
Rob Solomon is Executive Vice President, Customer Care and Operations Administration for HSN, Inc. In this role, Rob oversees all aspects of customer sales and service operations for HSN and the Cornerstone Brands portfolio.
Previously, Rob served as Executive Vice President of Operations for HSN from 2009. He joined HSN as Senior Vice President of Customer Care in 2003 and is credited with raising customer service levels to best-in-class status for the millions of customers who watch and shop HSN across multiple platforms. Under Rob’s leadership, HSN established new industry standards for a flexible workforce through its innovative Work-at-Home program, which eliminated the need for offshore call centers and greatly improved the overall customer experience.
Prior to joining HSN, Rob worked at Ticketmaster as Executive Vice President of Contact Centers and Retail Locations. In this role, he was responsible for the successful integration of call center operations across the company’s diverse array of businesses. Rob began his tenure with Ticketmaster as Vice President of Call Center Operations, where he was responsible for 13 U.S. call centers with more than 3,000 teleservice representatives.
Rob is from New York and graduated with a bachelor of science degree in Management from Pepperdine University.
Robert Monti is the Executive Vice President of Supply Chain & Logistics for HSN, Inc. In this role, Bob is charged with overseeing all distribution and fulfillment activities for HSN and the Cornerstone Brands portfolio of catalogs, retail stores and e-commerce sites. Bob is responsible for creating company-wide centers of excellence within Supply Chain and operational support functions. This includes providing strategic oversight for Transportation, Fulfillment, Vendor-Managed Inventory Programs, Process Engineering, Quality Assurance and Product Information for millions of products a year.
Bob has accumulated 28 years of progressive leadership experience within retail supply chain operations. He joined HSN in 1998 as the Vice President of Transportation, and has steadily risen throughout the organization by successfully integrating the remaining Supply Chain functions. Prior to his current appointment in May 2013, he served as Senior Vice President of Supply Chain Operations for HSN.
Prior to joining HSN, Bob began his career with Bloomingdale’s, serving in a multitude of operational support services. He assumed a corporate position within the Macy’s Logistics Group and was instrumental in shaping a consolidated distribution network fueled by enabling technologies and the standardization of common best practices.
Bob grew up on Long Island and earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Pace University in New York City.
A leader in the consumer packaged goods and retail industry for more than 25 years, Anne Martin-Vachon joined HSN in May 2012 as Chief Merchandising Officer. In this role, Anne is responsible for the overall merchandising strategy for HSN brands across all product categories as well as the development of new product offerings and brand partners, planning and programming.
Prior to joining HSN, Anne served as Chief Marketing Officer for Nordstrom, Inc., responsible for marketing strategy and plans, marketing operations and visual merchandising for Nordstrom, Nordstrom.com and Nordstrom Rack. In that role, she was credited with growing Nordstrom's new and total customer file, launching a new branded campaign for Nordstrom Rack and helping fuel the growth of Nordstrom.com.
Previously, Anne was President and CEO of the international beauty and skincare company Lise Watier Cosmetiques, Inc. and Chief Marketing Officer at Bath & Body Works, LLC. Anne began her career at Procter & Gamble, where she spent more than 20 years and held a variety of leadership positions across P&G’s portfolio of beauty, personal care and household brands.
Anne has been recognized for many achievements throughout her career including the Harley Procter Marketer award in 2003 and the Cosmetic Executive Women’s (CEW) Achiever Award in 2002.
She is on the Board of Directors for Gildan Activewear, Inc. She is also on the Board of Governor’s for Cosmetic Executive Women.
Anne earned an MBA in Marketing and International Business from McGill University and a bachelor degree from the University of Quebec in Trois-Rivieres.
Jennifer Cotter is the Executive Vice President of Television and Content for HSN and a member of the executive team. She oversees all touch points of HSN’s live 24-hour/day broadcast including programming, talent relations, host development, production and engineering. She is also responsible for the HSN’s YouTube channel and video commerce strategy across all platforms.
Ms. Cotter joined HSN in 2005 as Vice President and was promoted to Senior Vice President, Television & Content in 2008. Under her leadership, Ms. Cotter and her team have developed highly engaging cross-platform content and executed all launches and partnerships, including: HSN’s signature HSN Live concert series; movie partnerships and brand launches for celebrities and industry influencers. She has been instrumental in developing successful fixed programming for HSN such as The Beauty Report, HSN Today and the The List with Colleen Lopez. She recently launched HSN’s first turnkey studio space called The Loft dedicated to creating digital-first video content. Her passion for employee development is reflected in the strong and dedicated team she has built that brings the HSN experience to life 24/7.
Prior to joining HSN as a Vice President in 2005, Ms. Cotter served as a Senior Vice President of Development for Oxygen Media where she oversaw talent procurement, program development and production for all original programming for eight years. At Oxygen, she created the highly-popular shows Girls Behaving Badly and Snapped for the network. She also did award-winning work with The Late Show with David Letterman where she won an Emmy.
She has been recognized by CableFAX magazine as one of their Most Powerful Women in Cable in 2012. Under her leadership, her team has won close to 20 Telly Awards for outstanding programs in 2013.
Ms. Cotter serves on the executive cabinet of Tampa Bay’s American Red Cross Heartwalk. She is an active member of the Global Retail Marketing Association, Women in Cable Telecommunications and part of the fundraising committee for All Children’s Hospital.
Ms. Cotter grew up in New Jersey but now lives in Tampa, Florida. She has been married for 13 years and has two sons. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Television and Communications from Seton Hall University.
A leader in the cable television industry for over 25 years, Peter Ruben oversees cable and satellite distribution for HSN. In this role, he has been instrumental in launching and leading distribution efforts for HSN Shop by Remote®, the first and only 24-hour interactive TV service in the U.S. Peter also has led initiatives to launch and distribute HSN in high definition, as well as the launch of the HSN2 television shopping channel. He was involved in the development of HSN on Demand®, which allows consumers to view multiple video product presentations.
Peter joined HSN in 1994 from IAC/InteractiveCorp, where he started as Vice President of National Accounts at the former USA Networks, Inc. He was subsequently promoted to Senior Vice President of National Accounts and the Western Region, and also served as Executive Vice President of Affiliate Relations. Prior to IAC, Mr. Ruben had various sales and marketing roles at Paragon Cable, a partnership between Houston Industries and ATC (now Time Warner Cable).
Peter has won several Mark Awards for Excellence from CTAM, the Cable & Telecommunications Association for Marketing. In 2011, he was selected for the CableFAX Sales Hall of Fame. And in 2010, the HSN Affiliate Relations team, led by Peter, received the CableFax Launch Team of the Year Award for their introduction of HSN HD.
Peter earned his MBA from UCLA's Anderson School of Business and has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Rutgers University.
Joy Mangano is the president and founder of Ingenious Designs LLC (IDL), a wholly-owned subsidiary of HSNi, a $3 billion interactive multichannel retailer with strong direct-to-consumer expertise among its two operating segments, HSN and Cornerstone Brands. A knack for inventing and designing sensational products and marketing them through electronic retailing has catapulted Ms. Mangano to business stardom. Her first hit was the self-wringing Miracle Mop® in 1992 selling millions at a time, and now her famous Huggable Hangers® remain HSN's #1 selling product with over 320 million sold.
Ms. Mangano's live appearances are notoriously successful. She is chiefly responsible for the success of products such as My Little Steamer®, Clothes It All® luggage system, Elevations® oven with adjustable heating elements, Comfort & Joy® bedding, ClothesDrier™, the Designer Drop Bag™ collection and SHADES reading glasses (with over one million sold). In addition, she is responsible for the phenomenal sales of Forever Fragrant® (a revolutionary odor eliminating home product with a subtle scent) and made history by selling over 180,000 sets in a single day. In January 2011, Ms. Mangano launched her Tru Perfection Bleach and Cosmetic resistant towels and sold out, achieving success in another product category for HSN.
Ms. Mangano's success as an electronic retailing personality is significant. She was named one of Fast Company's "Most Creative People of 2009." In addition, she has appeared on 20/20, NBC's Today Show, ABC's The View, and The Ellen DeGeneres Show and her products have been profiled in Newsday, USA Today, Investors Business Daily, People, Entrepreneur, Glamour, Lucky, InStyle, Good Housekeeping, Town & Country, Redbook, and O, The Oprah Magazine.
Beyond inventing and selling her own brand, Ms. Mangano has become a brand-building mogul creating an empire of iconic brands. She develops and manages five other celebrities, including: supermodel IMAN, Chef Todd English, tennis star Serena Williams, fitness expert Frank Sepe, and author and personality Bruce Lubin. Joy has shared the stage with her fellow brand Chef Todd English as they launched GreenPan™ cookware, with Thermolon™ ceramic non-stick technology, creating a breakthrough in the cooking industry. GreenPan™ made HSN history, breaking all cookware sales records on TV!
A leader in the retail industry with 35 years of Department, Specialty and Direct to Consumer experiences, H.R. Harvey joined Frontgate/Grandinroad in 2005 and in November 2013 became President of Frontgate and Grandinroad. In this role, he is responsible for the development of the strategic direction of the brands, and leads all functional aspects of the businesses including Merchandising, Product Development/Design, Creative, Marketing, Inventory Planning, Digital and Retail. Additionally, as part of HSNi, he works with HSNi leadership to develop the vision and direction to support brand objectives by leveraging HSNi-wide resources.
H.R. assumed the President role in November 2013, having previously served as VP Merchandising/GMM for Frontgate and Grandinroad since 2006. His accomplishments as GMM include leading both brands through periods of exponential growth, building significant proprietary product development/design capability, and developing a robust worldwide sourcing network.
Prior to joining the organization, H.R. was the SVP/GMM Kirkland during their IPO and transition to being a public company, and similar leadership positions at Homeplace of America, Saks Department Store Group, and Luria. H.R. began his career at Federated Department Stores, where he spent over 15 years and held a variety of leadership positions.
H.R. earned a Bachelor of Science/Finance from the University of Florida.
Ryan McKelvey is President of Ballard Designs, a multi-channel retailer of exclusive and timeless home furnishings of exceptional quality and value.
A leader in retail and product development for nearly 25 years, Ryan joined Ballard Designs in 2000 as Director of Quality and Sourcing and rose to the level of Sr. Vice President of Sourcing and Operations. He was promoted in 2005 to President of Improvements, he then returned to Ballard Designs as President in 2008. Under Ryan’s leadership, Ballard Designs has enjoyed accelerated growth for over five years.
Ryan began his career with L.L. Bean and served in many roles of increasing responsibility. He was the Business analyst on many systems development projects in various functional areas within the company. Additionally, he was the Project Manager for the L.L. Bean’s Japan retail expansion and the Product Development Manager in L.L. Bean’s manufacturing division. Following L.L. Bean, Ryan served as the President of L&A Molding, a manufacturer of injection molded footwear components.
Ryan graduated in 1991 from the University of Georgia with a BBA in Finance.
Claire Spofford is the President of Garnet Hill, Inc., assuming the role in April 2014. Claire is response for overseeing the entire brand, ensuring Garnet Hill has the strategic direction for future profitability and growth.
Over the past 20 years, Claire has had extensive experience in leadership roles with mature/profitable brands, turnaround brands as well as new business launches. Claire excels at leading and developing diverse teams to deliver superior operating results.
Claire’s management experience in the retail industry includes leadership roles at Timberland, Orchard Brands, and J. Jill Group. Before joining Garnet Hill she was Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at J. Jill Group, where she successfully led the company’s direct marketing business, including web, catalog, customer relationship management, and contact center.
Claire graduated from the University of Vermont and has an MBA from Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts.
David Niggli has over 30 years of retail merchandising experience. Prior to joining Chasing Fireflies as President, he was the Chief Merchandising Officer at Totsy.com a private sale site featuring family driven products and services. He has worked as a Merchandising Consultant for such clients as Direct TV, Juno Baby and Wicked where he helped clients establish and optimize their merchandising programs. Prior to Totsy.com he worked at FAO Schwarz for 22 years starting as a Vice President and Buyer. Over the years he was promoted to several executive positions which include SVP, President and EVP of Merchandising to finally the President and Chief Merchandising Officer. His merchandising creativity and ability to connect to with partners, licensors and the entertainment studios gave FAO Schwarz many successful events and partnerships that made the store a must see destination and shopping experience. David holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York.
Upon joining Improvements in October, 2010, Charlie Pellenberg quickly used his nearly 30 years of experience in direct marketing to provide a new focus and direction to the Improvements business. Leveraging his expertise in merchandising, he identified opportunities that enabled the business to redefine its mission of providing value-conscious products aimed at making life easier, more comfortable and more enjoyable for today’s families/home owners. In 2011, under his leadership and vision, Improvements attained profitability for the first time since joining the Cornerstone Brands group. Partnering with the HSN team, Charlie is working to generate incremental sales, efficiencies, customer engagement and brand awareness—all while bringing the Improvements brand to life…On Air.
Before joining Improvements, Charlie most notably founded the Domestications Catalog in 1983, and later created the Brylane Home Catalog in 1997. Charlie received his B.A. degree from Long Island University in Brooklyn, NY.
Charlie was twice honored as Retailer of the Year by the National Bed, Bath & Linen Association, and was also the recipient of the NFL's Golden Helmet Award for excellence in retailing.
A native of Brooklyn, NY, Charlie and his wife Diane have lived in New Jersey for the past 29 years. He has two sons, Daniel and Michael. Daniel and his wife Jacqueline reside in Manhattan, while Michael lives in the D.C. area. Charlie enjoys an occasional lousy round of golf as well as relaxing with family and friends at their vacation home on the Jersey Shore.
Johnny Lin is the President of TravelSmith, a position he has held since January 2014. In this role, Johnny is responsible for all aspects of the business including Merchandising, Inventory, Creative, Marketing, eCommerce and Product Development.
Johnny brings close to 20 years of leadership experience that crosses over public, private equity and start-up companies. Early in his career, his experience included financial and strategy consulting at Price Waterhouse Coopers, Prophet Brand Strategy and Kurt Salmon and Associates. He successfully launched his marketing career at Williams-Sonoma where he managed both the Marketing and eCommerce teams across a number of the Williams-Sonoma brands. He then moved to Target in 2006 as Senior Merchant in their Home Improvement business.
Johnny originally joined the Executive team at TravelSmith in 2008 as the VP of Marketing, eCommerce and Customer Care. During his tenure, Johnny drove positive results and increased both sales and profitability. In 2010, Johnny left TravelSmith for an opportunity to lead the Cycle Gear brand and be part of the team that grew their multi-channel business through rapid store expansion as well as significant online growth.
Johnny is a California native, originally from the Bay Area. He has been married for 15 years and has three boys. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Economics from UC Berkeley in addition to earning an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management (Northwestern University).
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Patrick Vonderhaar is Chief Financial Officer of Cornerstone Brands, a subsidiary of HSN, Inc. In his role, he oversees all financial matters including strategic planning, financial reporting and analysis, corporate shared services and application of internal controls for the lifestyle brands of Ballard Designs, Frontgate, Grandin Road, Chasing Fireflies, Garnet Hill, Improvements and Travelsmith.
Pat was promoted to the CFO position in March 2013. Prior to assuming his current role, he was Vice President and Corporate Controller for Cornerstone Brands, a position he had held since joining the company in 2009. During this time, Pat was instrumental in managing the upgrade of financial systems and internal processes to achieve improved efficiencies across the portfolio of brands. He also played a prominent role in the Cornerstone Brands portfolio rationalization, including the acquisition and subsequent integration of Chasing Fireflies in 2012.
Previously, Pat was the CFO at Clopay Corporation, a $1B publicly held leading manufacturer of residential garage doors and international supplier of specialty plastic films. During his thirteen year tenure at Clopay, and prior to his promotion to CFO, he held several of the key financial leadership positions responsible for strategic planning, acquisitions, financial reporting and analysis, internal controls and international expansion opportunities for the business.
Pat received his bachelor of science in Accounting and Finance from the Ohio State University and is a current member of Financial Executives International.