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David’s Bridal’s new board is dominated by women

BY Marianne Wilson

David’s Bridal picked a fitting day — International Women’s Day — to recognize its new board of directors. The group of six include five women. The retailer noted that its customer base is nearly all female and that its employee base is 96% female, making the movement towards gender equity and women’s representation all the more important.

“David’s Bridal is transitioning to position itself for growth and to execute on a strategy of delighting customers with its service, product and digital-first mindset,” said Christine Pope, board chair. “As a member of the newly appointed board, I know our new directors’ complementary skills and experiences will bring valuable perspectives as the company enters its next chapter.”

David’s Bridal, which emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy earlier this year, has gone through a major shift in leadership. Last week, it reported that CEO Scott Key and former CFO Joan Hilson had stepped down from their respective roles at the company. Tom Lynch, former chairman and CEO of Frederick’s of Hollywood, is serving as interim CEO and Curt Kroll, most recently interim chief revenue officer and CFO at National Stores, is acting as interim CFO.

In a statement, David’s Bridal said that its new board brings “a wealth of knowledge across multiple categories, including digital, customer insights, finance, innovation, new business and more.

David’s Bridal new board is made up of:
• Christine Pope, a senior VP at Oaktree Capital Management;
• Christine Barton, senior partner and managing director at Boston Consulting Group;
• Venita Fields, partner at Pelham S2K Managers LCC;
• Jeff Kuster, group president of Ralph Lauren;
• Katherine Rice, operating partner at Altamont Capital Partners; and
• Ilana Stern, founder and former CEO of Weddington Way.

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