Harvey Kanter is the President, Chief Executive Officer and a director of the Company. Harvey joined the Company on February 19, 2019, in a transition role as Advisor to the Acting CEO and assumed the role of President and Chief Executive Officer and a director of the Company on April 1, 2019. Harvey has over 30 years of business experience, with an extensive background in the retail industry having served from March 2012 until June 2017 as the president and chief executive officer of Blue Nile, Inc., a leading online retailer of high-quality diamonds and fine jewelry. Since March 2012, Harvey has also served as a member of the board of directors of Blue Nile, Inc. and, since January 2014, he has served as its chairman. From January 2009 to March 2012, Harvey was the chief executive officer and president of Moosejaw Mountaineering and Backcountry Travel, Inc., a leading multi-channel retailer of premium outdoor apparel and gear. From April 2003 to June 2008, Harvey served in various executive positions at Michaels Stores, Inc. Harvey served as a director and a member of the compensation committee of Potbelly Corporation, a publicly-traded company from August 2015 until May 2019. He is also a brand ambassador for the Fred Hutch Cancer Research Institute and is an advisory board member to the Seattle University Executive MBA Program. Harvey received his M.B.A. in Marketing from Babson College and his undergraduate degree with a B.S. in Marketing from Arizona State University.
Peter Stratton was promoted to Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer in November 2017. Peter was appointed Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer in June 2014. Prior to that, he was Senior Vice President of Finance, Corporate Controller, and Chief Accounting Officer since August 2009. Peter joined the Company in June 2009 as Vice President of Finance. From May 2007 to June 2009, he served as Senior Director of Corporate Accounting at BearingPoint, Inc. Prior to May 2007, Mr. Stratton held various finance and accounting leadership positions at Legal Sea Foods, Inc., Shaw's Supermarkets, Inc., and Cintas Corporation. Peter holds a B.S. in Accounting from Babson College and an M.B.A. in Finance from Miami University.
Erica W. Thompson joined the Company on October 29, 2019, as its Chief Marketing Officer. Erica brings over 20 years of marketing leadership experience with a particular focus on customer relationship marketing, digital marketing and e-commerce. Since August 2012, Erica has been the President and owner of ACIRE Consulting Group, which specializes in developing and executing Marketing strategies for retail and e-commerce clients. She has assisted clients with loyalty, CRM, digital and e-commerce programs specific to their needs, including supporting client leadership to manage implementation of these programs. Prior to this, Erica held senior marketing positions at Stride Rite, PetSmart, New York & Company and HSN. Erica is a member of the Advisory Board of CRMC. Erica received a Bachelor of Arts in Marketing from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Francis Chane has been our Senior Vice President of Supply Chain and Customer Fulfillment since April 2018 and had served as our Senior Vice President of Distribution, Logistics and Facilities since 2011. Mr. Chane joined DXL in 2008 as Vice President of Distribution and Logistics. Mr. Chane has worked in retail and catalog for over 25 years having worked for Redcats US, a division of the French multi-national company PPR, as Vice President of Operations and Facilities from 1999-2008. Prior to Redcats USA, Mr. Chane worked for WearGuard Corporation, a division of Aramark Corporation, where he held various operational leadership positions.
He received his undergraduate degree from University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and an MS from Lesley University.
Anthony Gaeta was promoted to Senior Vice President of Store Sales and Operations in November 2017. Tony has over 25 years of retail sales management experience. He joined the Company in April 2010 as a Zone Vice President and was promoted to Vice President of Store Operations and Training in November 2013. Prior to joining the Company, Tony was a regional manager for Men’s Wearhouse from September 2007 until April 2011 and, prior to that, a regional vice president for After Hours Formalwear from March 2006 until September 2007.
Robert Molloy was appointed Senior Vice President and General Counsel effective April 2010 and Secretary effective May 2014 and Chief Administrative Officer effective May 2018. Bob joined the Company in February 2008 as Vice President and General Counsel. Previously, Bob served as Vice President, Assistant General Counsel at Staples, Inc. where he provided expert legal advice to all areas of retail operations, marketing, sales, and distribution, as well as managed a team overseeing litigation, labor and employment law, IS/IT, and intellectual property. Prior to his career at Staples, Bob was a trial attorney for the distinguished law firms of Edwards & Angell, LLP and Cooley, Manion, Moore & Jones, LLP. Bob holds a J.D. degree from Boston University School of Law, a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and he completed an accelerated MBA program at Boston University.
Allison has been our Senior Vice President and General Merchandise Manager since May 2018. Allison joined the Company in May 2006 as an Associate Planner and, in June 2008 she transitioned into Merchandising as an Associate Buyer for Branded Collections. From October 2010 to January 2014, she was the Buyer of Traditional Branded Collections and then the Buyer of Private Label Sportshirts and Outerwear. In January 2014, she was promoted to Senior Buyer of Private Label Sportshirts and Outerwear until September 2016 when she was promoted to Vice President Merchandise Manager of Private Label, Active, Young Men's and Outerwear. Prior to joining the Company, Allison was a planner for TJX from June 2003 until May 2006.