Webcast Jefferies 2017 Global Consumer Conference
Jun 21, 2017 at 10:30 AM ET

Board of Directors

Seymour Holtzman
Executive Chairman of the Board

Seymour Holtzman

Mr. Holtzman has been involved in the retail business for over 35 years. Since August 2014, Mr. Holtzman has served as our Executive Chairman of the Board. From April 2000 through August 2014, Mr. Holtzman was a director and Chairman of the Board. For many years, he has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of Jewelcor, Incorporated, a former New York Stock Exchange listed company that operated a chain of retail stores. From 1986 to 1988, Mr. Holtzman was Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Gruen Marketing Corporation, an American Stock Exchange listed company involved in the nationwide distribution of watches. For at least the last five years, Mr. Holtzman has served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Jewelcor Management, Inc., a company primarily involved in investment and management services.  Mr. Holtzman is owner and Chief Executive Officer of each of C.D. Peacock, Inc., a Chicago, Illinois retail jewelry establishment, and Homeclick, LLC, a privately held internet retailer specializing in luxury brands for the home. Mr. Holtzman is a successful entrepreneur with extensive experience working with public companies and provides valuable insight to the Board with respect to strategic planning.

Holdings: 4,206,064 shares     View Transactions
John E. Kyees
Lead Independent Director

John Kyees

Mr. Kyees has been a director since May 3, 2010 and was appointed Lead Independent Director on February 2, 2017 .  From February 2, 2014 until May 31, 2014, Mr. Kyees served as Interim Financial Officer of the Company. From 2003 until his retirement in 2010, Mr. Kyees was the Chief Financial Officer of Urban Outfitters, Inc.  Mr. Kyees served as the Chief of Investor Relations for Urban Outfitters in 2010.  Prior to that, from 2002 to 2003, Mr. Kyees was the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Administrative Officer of bebe Stores, Inc. Mr. Kyees is the lead independent director of the Board of Directors of Vera Bradley, Inc., a publicly-traded company, and and serves as Chairman of the Audit Committee.  Mr. Kyees was a member of the Board of Directors of Hot Topic, Inc., a publicly-traded company, and was a member of the Audit Committee.  Mr. Kyees is a member of the Board of Directors of Rackwise, Inc., a publicly-traded company, and is a member of the Audit Committee. In addition, Mr. Kyees is also a member of the Board of Directors and chairman of the audit committee of Arhaus Furniture, a privately-held retailer.

Mr. Kyees brings to the Board extensive executive level retail experience having served as Chief Financial Officer for several prominent retailers.  His insight with respect to merchandising, operational activities and finance is an asset to our Board. Institutional Investor magazine selected Mr. Kyees as a top specialty retail chief financial officer on five separate occasions, evidencing his strong skills in corporate finance, strategic and accounting matters.

Holdings: 7,032 shares     View Transactions
David A. Levin
President, Chief Executive Officer and Director

David Levin

Mr. Levin was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company in April 2000. Mr. Levin has spent the past 30 years in the apparel industry with extensive experience with outlet stores. He was Executive Vice President of eOutlet.com and prior to that was President of both Coleman Company's outlet divisions, Camp Coleman and Revlon, Inc.'s Prestige Fragrance & Cosmetics. In addition, Mr. Levin was President of Parade of Shoes, a division of J. Baker, Inc. Mr. Levin is a member of the Company's Board of Directors. He graduated from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor's of Arts in Sociology and History.  In May 2012, Mr. Levin joined the board of directors of Christopher & Banks Corporation as a director.

Mr. Levin brings to the Board valuable experience in merchandising and marketing initiatives. Since joining the Company, Mr. Levin has been instrumental in transforming the Company from a company which exclusively operated Levi Strauss & Co. branded apparel to the largest specialty retailer of big & tall men’s apparel.    

Holdings: 1,143,549 shares     View Transactions
Jesse H. Choper

Jesse Choper

Mr. Choper has been a director since October 8, 1999. Mr. Choper is the Earl Warren Professor of Public Law at the University of California at Berkeley School of Law, where he has taught since 1965.  From 1960 to 1961, Professor Choper was a law clerk for Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren.  Mr. Choper is a member of the California Horseracing Board.  Mr. Choper was a member of the Board of Directors of George Foreman Enterprises, Inc. (OTCBB: “GFME.PK”) until his resignation in November 2010. 

Mr. Choper provides valuable legal expertise to the Board.  His specific legal background makes him an authority on ethical behavior and he provides valuable insight with respect to corporate governance.  Mr. Choper’s tenure and service as a director for over ten years is also considered a valuable asset to the Board.

Holdings: 110,869 shares     View Transactions
Will Mesdag

Will Mesdag

Mr. Mesdag is the Managing Partner of Red Mountain Capital Partners LLC, the investment adviser for Red Mountain Partners, L.P. The Los Angeles-based fund invests in small cap public companies, and adds value through its constructive engagement with management teams and boards.

Prior to founding Red Mountain in 2005, Mesdag spent 21 years with Goldman Sachs. He became a general partner of the firm in 1990 and worked in New York, London, Frankfurt and Los Angeles in the fixed income and investment banking divisions. Prior to Goldman Sachs, he was a securities lawyer with Ballard, Spahr, Andrews & Ingersoll in Philadelphia. He received his B.A. from Northwestern University in 1974 and his J.D. from the Cornell Law School in 1978.

Mesdag serves on the boards of Encore Capital Group, Inc., a publicly-traded company, and Heidrick & Struggles International, Inc., a publicly-traded company.  He previously served on the boards of  3i Group plc, Nature's Sunshine Products, Cost Plus, Inc. and Skandia Group AB.

Having had an extensive career in international investment banking and finance, Mr. Mesdag brings to the Board significant knowledge and experience related to business and financial issues and corporate governance.

Ward K. Mooney

Ward Mooney

Mr. Mooney has been a director since July 31, 2006.  Mr. Mooney is a founding partner of Crystal Financial LLC and since March 2010 has been the Chief Executive Officer. Prior to that, Mr. Mooney was the President of Bank of America Retail Finance Group and Chief Operating Officer of Back Bay Capital, both of which were formerly Bank of Boston businesses which Mr. Mooney founded.

Mr. Mooney provides the Board with valuable insight with respect to his extensive experience as a lender in the retail industry. The Board has determined that based on Mr. Mooney's extensive knowledge and experience in finance qualifies Mr. Mooney as an "audit committee financial expert."

Holdings: 80,678 shares     View Transactions
George T. Porter Jr.

George Porter

Mr. Porter has been a director since October 28, 1999. Mr. Porter was President of Levi’s USA for Levi Strauss & Co. from 1994 to 1997.  Beginning in 1974, Mr. Porter held various positions at Levi Strauss & Co., including President of Levi’s Men’s Jeans Division. Mr. Porter was also Corporate Vice President and General Manager of Nike USA from 1997 to 1998. 

Mr. Porter provides the Board with extensive merchandising experience having worked at two highly prominent companies.  Mr. Porter’s tenure and service as a director for over ten years is also considered a valuable asset to the Board.

Holdings: 194,869 shares     View Transactions
Mitchell S. Presser

Mitchell Presser

Mitchell S. Presser has been a director since May 1, 2007.  In July 2014, Mr. Presser joined Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer as a partner and the head of U.S. M&A and private equity. From January 2014 until July 2014, Mr. Presser was a senior advisor to Paine & Partners, LLC, a private equity firm.  From November 2006 to December 2013, Mr. Presser was a founding partner of Paine & Partners, LLC.  Prior to that, Mr. Presser was a partner with the law firm of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, specializing in mergers & acquisitions. 

Mr. Presser serves as a director on the boards of several privately-held companies.  Mr. Presser’s extensive experience in private equity and strategic planning provides valuable insight to the Board.

Holdings: 219,694 shares     View Transactions
Ivy Ross

Ivy Ross

Ms. Ross was elected a director of the Company on January 31, 2013. In May 2014, Ms. Ross joined Google X as head of Glass and is currently a vice president and head of Aura. From July 2011 until April 2014, Ms. Ross was the Chief Marketing Officer of Art.com from where she oversaw the company's marketing, branding, merchandising and user-experience functions. Prior to Art.com, from June 2008 to June 2011, Ms. Ross was EVP of Marketing for the Gap brand, and also acted as the Creative Catalyst for all brands within Gap, Inc. Ms. Ross also has held senior creative and product design positions at Disney Stores North America, Mattel, Calvin Klein, Coach, Liz Claiborne, Swatch Watch and Avon. Chosen by Fast Company and BusinessWeek as the new face of leadership, Ross was a contributing author to "The Change Champions Field Guide" and "Best Practices in Leadership Development and Organizational Change." She has also served on Proctor and Gamble's design board since its inception.

With her industry insight and marketing expertise, Ms. Ross provides a valuable perspective to the Board as we continue to build our Destination XL brand.

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