Richard Golden - Chairman & Interim CEORichard Golden is currently a private investor in a number of emerging companies and takes an active role in overseeing the investments. From 2007 to mid-2010, he was a Managing Director of Alumni Capital Network, a private equity firm specializing in buying and building small to mid-sized businesses. He managed the fund-raising for the firm's $68 million fund and served on the Board of the company. Previously, he spent 28 years with Accenture in various executive management roles as well as managed large-scaled business improvement projects for Global 1000 companies, concentrating on airlines, manufacturers and retailers. His management positions included Country Managing Director - Sweden and Finland; Managing Director of the Retail Industry in Europe and Africa; Chief Operating Officer for the Products Market Unit; and Corporate Chief of Staff where he helped manage the transition of Accenture from a global partnership to an international corporation. Mr. Golden's contribution to our Company is his vast experience in leadership roles and fund-raising activities that have made him a critical member of our Board.
Bob GraysonKnown as a visionary, strategist, team builder, merchant and operator, Bob Grayson currently heads the Grayson Company, a consulting and executive search firm that services the retail industry. Consulting clients include Perry Ellis, Tommy Hilfiger, AnnTaylor , Estee Lauder, Kenneth Cole and Liz Claiborne; search clients include the NBA, Donna Karan, Sony, Guess?, Target and Brookstone. Grayson spent 22 years with The Limited, helping company founder Leslie Wexner grow the business from five stores and $2 million in revenue to more than 4,000 stores and $7 billion in revenue. He retired in 1992 as president and CEO of Limited Stores and Lerner New York, the two largest divisions of the company. A consulting opportunity that followed with Tommy Hilfiger Corp. evolved into roles as a director, chairman of Tommy Hilfiger Retail Inc. and vice chairman of the parent company. He currently serves as a director of AnnTaylor Corp., Kenneth Cole, and Lillian August. Grayson is a graduate of Indiana University with Bachelor of Arts degrees in Economics and Comparative Religion.
Mark A. GiresiMark Giresi serves as Executive Vice President, International for Limited Brands, Inc. He is on the Executive Committee of the Company, responsible for its strategy and the overall business performance of its branded specialty retail businesses. Mr. Giresi joined Limited Brands in February, 2000 as Vice President of Store Operations and in August, 2001 was promoted to Senior Vice President, Chief Stores Officer for the Company's almost 4,000 retail stores. Prior to joining Limited Brands, he was Senior Vice President of U.S. Franchise Operations and Development for Burger King Corporation, responsible for the operation and support to almost 8,000 franchisee-owned and operated stores together with all real estate investments in the U.S. business. Mr. Giresi currently serves on the Board of Directors of Fiduciary Trust International of the South, Retaligent Solutions, Inc., and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Columbus, Ohio. He is an attorney at law of the State of New Jersey and earned a law degree from Seton Hall University and a B.S. degree Villanova University.
Keith MuellerKeith Mueller currently serves as Advisor to BookKeeping Express, the only national franchise providing book keeping services to small and medium-sized businesses. He also held a number of management roles during his 27 years at Accenture and focused on large clients in the Utility Industry. Some of experiences include leading the Utilities practice in North America that had over $800 million in revenues and 1,000 people and building a startup outsourcing practice from start-up to over $500 million in revenue in four years with over 4,000 individuals.