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Management and Directors

Management and Directors

Management and Leadership
William Sweedler
Executive Chairman

Mr. William Sweedler is presently Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Tengram Capital Partners, a consumer private equity firm formed to invest in the consumer and retail sectors. He is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Windsong Global, a diversified consumer and digital investment firm that has helps founders, entrepreneurs, and investors take their vision and goals, and brings them to fruition through Windsong’s expertise in all aspects of building exceptional brands, teams, and overall businesses.  His current and prior investments have aggregate retail sales more than $10 billon.  He is a pioneer in the brand management sector leading the acquisitions of iconic brands such as Martha Stewart, Emeril Lagasse, Jessica Simpson, Gaiam Yoga, Robert Graham, Franklin Mint, Nest Fragrances, Design Within Reach, and many others.  Mr. Sweedler has over 25 years of experience in the consumer sector as an operator and strategic investor.

Mr. William Sweedler has served as a director to various public entities and is currently Executive Chairman of Sequential Brands Group (NASDAQ:SQBG).  He also holds director positions for several privately owned businesses including investments in Tengram’s and Windsong’s health, wellness, beauty and fashion investments.

Prior to founding both Tengram Capital Partners and Windsong Brands, he was president & CEO of Joe Boxer, a wholly owned division of the Iconix Brand Group (NASDAQ: ICON) of which he was also Executive Vice President and Director. 

Prior to Mr. Sweedler joining Iconix Brand Group, he was a founder of Windsong Allegiance Group, a diverse consumer marketer and brand manager. At Windsong Allegiance Group, he recognized an emerging industry trend that brought brands directly in partnership with retailers in the form of direct retail licensing agreements. While CEO, he led the acquisition, restructuring, and sale of the Joe Boxer, Hathaway, and various other branded companies at Windsong Allegiance Group. He has been lauded for his success and has received several awards and accolades from various industry organizations.

He graduated from Babson College with a Bachelor of Science in Finance and Investments and joined Polo Ralph Lauren for four years prior to co-founding Windsong.  He resides in Fairfield County with his wife and three children. Mr. Sweedler is a member of the Young President's Organization and donates his time to local charities.

Chad Wagenheim
President

Chad Wagenheim has over 15 years of executive level business, finance, and operations experience with well-known consumer brands, ranging from launching high-profile early stage start-ups to growing larger scale public companies across the licensing, retail, wholesale, home, beauty, fashion, media, and Internet industries.

Prior to Sequential, Chad was SVP Finance & Operations for Aerin Lauder's luxury lifestyle brand - AERIN where he established and implemented its strategic & financial business plans, successfully executed the brand's launch (Fall 2012), and drove key initiatives across the company's licensing, wholesale, ecommerce, and retail brick & mortar platforms - with categories focused in the Beauty, Fashion Accessories, and Home Furnishings market segments.

Previously Chad held a similar role in leading all financial and licensing efforts for Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia's Retail Merchandising Division (NYSE:MSO). During his nearly 10 years with MSLO, the company successfully diversified the brand's licensing portfolio through a combination of organic growth and new acquisitions, which ultimately lead to the company growing its distribution to over 20,000 doors worldwide, and achieving annual retail sales of over $1 billion.

Earlier in his career, Chad held various finance and business management related positions with LivePerson Inc. (NASDAQ:LPSN), Prudential Financial, and the United States Department of Defense. Chad holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from Monmouth University.

Eric Gul
General Counsel

For nearly 20 years, Eric Gul has provided legal advice to a variety of public and private companies in the consumer products and services industry. 

Prior to joining Sequential as General Counsel, Eric served as Senior Vice President & Corporate Counsel at Global Brands Group (GBG), one of the world’s leading distributors of branded apparel, accessories, footwear, and home goods.  While at GBG, Eric spearheaded the company’s legal efforts on all licensing matters for a high profile roster of partners including Calvin Klein, Coach, Disney, Jennifer Lopez, Kate Spade, Michael Kors, Quiksilver, Tommy Hilfiger, and Under Armour. 

Throughout his legal career, Eric has worked closely with CEOs, CFOs, other members of executive management, and the Board of Directors on matters relating to licensing, brand management, intellectual property, marketing, acquisitions, joint ventures, finance, corporate governance/SEC compliance, human resources, contracts, and litigation.

Prior to GBG, Eric held senior legal positions at Tommy Hilfiger and TD Waterhouse (now TD Ameritrade).

Mr. Gul holds a J.D. from New York University and a B.A., magna cum laude, from UCLA.  He lives in Englewood, New Jersey with his wife and two children.

Eddie Esses
Division President, Active

Prior to joining Sequential Brands Group as Active Division President, Eddie Esses was Co-Founder & CEO of Galaxy Brands Holdings.  Prior to Galaxy, he served for more than 10 years as President of ES Originals (“ESO”), one of the largest privately held footwear companies in the world.

During his time at ESO, Eddie proved to be an innovator in the branded business.  In 1990, he introduced brands into the mass market, starting with Voit.  By its second full year, Voit was generating over $200 million in retail sales positioning it in the top 10 athletic brands in the country.  Expanding on its success, Eddie took the concept into such brands as Gitano, Sasson and McGregor, among others, making ESO a one-stop shop for footwear.  Eddie also has extensive experience with Direct-to-Retail partnerships with retailers including, Herman Survivors and Starter at Walmart, and Champion at Payless.

Utilizing his talents for defining “retail white space” and customized brand building, Eddie left ESO in 2011 to form the brand acquisition and management company Galaxy Brands. The company initially acquired the brand AND1 and shortly followed with Avia, Nevados and Linens ‘N Things. With product placement in both Sporting Goods Specialty Stores as well as Mass Market both domestically and internationally these brand generate close to $1 Billion in retail sales annually.

Eddie also dedicates a large portion of his time, effort and passion to his community and philanthropic activities. He has served in leadership roles in educational institutions as well as local Community Service organizations.

Educated in private schools and Brooklyn College in New York, Eddie first began his career in 1980 in sales, focusing on Brand Building and Niche Marketing.

Eddie lives with his wife, children and grandchildren in Brooklyn, NY.

Lorraine DiSanto
CFO

Lorraine DiSanto has over 30 years of accounting, finance, and operations experience. Before joining Sequential Brands, she was the CFO of Herman Miller Group’s retail segment (Nasdaq: MLHR); and prior to the Herman Miller acquisition in 2014, she was CFO of Design Within Reach Inc, the largest retailer of authentic modern furniture. Lorraine held CFO/COO roles at Totsy.com, a children’s apparel and accessories retailer, as well as at V2V Holdings Inc., a portfolio of marketing services businesses. In addition to leading finance teams, Lorraine has managed IT, Real Estate, Data Analytics and Logistics organizations. She has an MBA in Finance and Information Systems and a BBA in Accounting and Information Systems from Pace University.

Dan Hanbridge
SVP of Finance

Dan Hanbridge, CPA, has 20 years of experience in finance. Prior to joining Sequential Brands Group, Dan served as VP, Controller of AdvantageCare Physicians. There he was responsible for the monthly financial close, entity-wide budgeting and forecasting for 50+ departments, supporting the annual external audit, and overall entity-wide financial reporting and analysis. Prior to AdvantageCare Physicians, Dan was VP, Head of Technical Accounting and SEC Reporting for Cowen Group, Inc, where he prepared and reviewed the Company’s filings and various other financial reporting activities.

Earlier in his career, Dan was a Senior Accountant, Financial Reporting for L-3 Communications and a Supervisory Senior Associate in the Consumer Products Division at KPMG LLP. Dan holds a Bachelor in Science in Accounting from Lehigh University.

Board of Directors
William Sweedler
Executive Chairman

Mr. William Sweedler is presently Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Tengram Capital Partners, a consumer private equity firm formed to invest in the consumer and retail sectors. He is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Windsong Global, a diversified consumer and digital investment firm that has helps founders, entrepreneurs, and investors take their vision and goals, and brings them to fruition through Windsong’s expertise in all aspects of building exceptional brands, teams, and overall businesses.  His current and prior investments have aggregate retail sales more than $10 billon.  He is a pioneer in the brand management sector leading the acquisitions of iconic brands such as Martha Stewart, Emeril Lagasse, Jessica Simpson, Gaiam Yoga, Robert Graham, Franklin Mint, Nest Fragrances, Design Within Reach, and many others.  Mr. Sweedler has over 25 years of experience in the consumer sector as an operator and strategic investor.

Mr. William Sweedler has served as a director to various public entities and is currently Executive Chairman of Sequential Brands Group (NASDAQ:SQBG).  He also holds director positions for several privately owned businesses including investments in Tengram’s and Windsong’s health, wellness, beauty and fashion investments.

Prior to founding both Tengram Capital Partners and Windsong Brands, he was president & CEO of Joe Boxer, a wholly owned division of the Iconix Brand Group (NASDAQ: ICON) of which he was also Executive Vice President and Director. 

Prior to Mr. Sweedler joining Iconix Brand Group, he was a founder of Windsong Allegiance Group, a diverse consumer marketer and brand manager. At Windsong Allegiance Group, he recognized an emerging industry trend that brought brands directly in partnership with retailers in the form of direct retail licensing agreements. While CEO, he led the acquisition, restructuring, and sale of the Joe Boxer, Hathaway, and various other branded companies at Windsong Allegiance Group. He has been lauded for his success and has received several awards and accolades from various industry organizations.

He graduated from Babson College with a Bachelor of Science in Finance and Investments and joined Polo Ralph Lauren for four years prior to co-founding Windsong.  He resides in Fairfield County with his wife and three children. Mr. Sweedler is a member of the Young President's Organization and donates his time to local charities.

John Dionne
Director

Mr. Dionne has served as a Senior Advisor to the Blackstone Group L.P., an investment firm, since July 2013 and a Senior Lecturer in the Finance Unit at the Harvard Business School since January 2014. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Caesars Entertainment, Cengage Learning Holdings II, Inc., Momentive Performance Materials, Inc. and Pelmorex Media, Inc. Until he retired from his position as a Senior Managing Director of Blackstone in 2013, Mr. Dionne was most recently Global Head of its Private Equity Business Development and Investor Relations Groups and served as a member of Blackstone’s Private Equity and Valuation Committees. Mr. Dionne originally joined Blackstone in 2004 as the Founder and Chief Investment Officer of the Blackstone Distressed Securities Fund. Mr. Dionne began his career with Price Waterhouse. He graduated with an MBA from the Harvard Business School and holds a BS from the University of Scranton.

Aaron Hollander
Director

Mr. Hollander is currently Chairman, CEO and President of First Aviation Services Inc., a leading worldwide provider of maintenance, repair and overhaul services to the aerospace industry. From December 2001 to July 2009, Mr. Hollander also served as CEO of Skip Barber Racing School LLC and from 1993 until February 2012 served as Chairman and CEO of Imtek, LLC., an agency that provides direct marketing, printing, fulfillment, and location intelligence services to clients across a variety of industries. Earlier, Mr. Hollander co-founded First Equity Group, advising the aerospace and defense industries on significant transactions impacting those sectors. Prior to co-founding First Equity, Mr. Hollander worked for the Boston Consulting Group, and as a CPA and CMA with Arthur Young & Company (now Ernst & Young). Mr. Hollander received his B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and earned an MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School.

Silvia Mazzucchelli
Director

Silvia Mazzucchelli currently serves on various boards including as a Non-Executive Director on the Board of The Collected Group, a KKR portfolio company that owns luxury brands, such as Joie, Equipment and Current/Elliot. She also serves on the Board of Carbon38, a VC-backed company in performance apparel space. Most recently, Ms. Mazzucchelli served as the CEO for ModCloth, a Walmart e-commerce portfolio company. She also served as the Board Advisor and Chief Merchandising and Marketing Officer at American Apparel. Prior to her time at American Apparel, Ms. Mazzucchelli served as the Chief Merchandising Officer at TOMS Shoes, the VP of Corporate Strategy at Guess? and began her career at the Boston Consulting Group. Ms. Mazzucchelli graduated with an MBA from the Anderson School of Management, UCLA and holds a BSBA from Bocconi University in Italy and an International Business Diploma from the Stockholm School of Economics.