Chief Executive Officer, Chief Creative Officer, Director, Chairwoman
Ms. Hochman is a renowned designer and sleepwear pioneer. She is considered one of the single most influential women in the intimate apparel and sleepwear business in the United States. She has been creating intimate apparel for more than 30 years and was the driving force behind the Carole Hochman Design Group for which she served as Chief Creative Officer until her departure in November, 2013 and for which she was previously CEO from September, 1992 until its acquisition by Komar in 2010. Under Ms. Hochman's leadership, Carole Hochman Design Group manufactured Carole Hochman brand of sleepwear, loungewear and daywear and numerous sleepwear collections including Christian Dior, Oscar de la Renta, Ralph Lauren, Jockey, Donna Karan, Tommy Bahama and Betsey Johnson. Ms. Hochman excels in translating brand identity into intimate apparel and has an innate ability to identify opportunities and trends and forecast successful endeavors that the rest of the industry quickly follows. She was one of the first designers to embrace the concept of QVC, recognizing the power of the home shopper, a customer who has proved loyal to her from the start.
President, Secretary, Director
Since June 2012, Joel Primus has severed as President and a director of our company and was previously the President, CEO, founder and a director of Naked since its inception in 2010. Mr. Primus also served as our Chief Executive Officer until Ms. Hochman's appointment to such office in June 2014 and as interim Chief Financial Officer until Mr. Flanagan's appointment to such office in June 2014. Mr. Primus preceded his business activities with a successful athletic career. During his amateur running career, Mr. Primus was selected for three national teams and represented Canada at the World Youth Championships. Mr. Primus was also an Athlete Liaison to Canadian Sport Centre Pacific in addition to sitting on the board with Volunteer Abbotsford. He was awarded a full scholarship to High Point University in North Carolina where he made the Dean's list and won the student athlete award. When an unfortunate accident ended Mr. Primus' running career, international travel in Central and South America inspired Mr. Primus to form the Project World Citizen Society, a non-profit society that aims to assist communities in the developing world that are struggling with social injustices. The organization currently works out of Ghana and Mr. Primus sits as the Co-Chair on its board of directors. Mr. Primus' travels in South America inspired him to found Naked. In promotion of Naked, Mr. Primus has appeared on CBC's Dragons Den three times in addition to Entertainment Tonight Canada, E Talk Daily Canada, Urban Rush, Shaw's The Express and The Fanny Kiefer Show. During the start-up phase for Naked, which started in September 2008, Mr. Primus worked as an advertising consultant for the Black Press Group Ltd. (the Abbotsford News), a Canadian privately owned publisher of newspapers, from November 2009 to April 2010. From April 2010 to June 2010, Mr. Primus was employed at Altitude Search Marketing where he handled business development. From September 2008 to October 2009, Mr. Primus operated the Sapera magazine.
Mr. Hayes, a certified public accountant, has been the Vice President Finance for Parfums de Coeur Ltd, a beauty and wellness products concern, since September 2014. From October 2013 to August 2014 he was an independent consultant providing advice to a range of companies in the areas of financial reporting, systems implementation, risk management, and compliance. Through September 2013 and for more than five years previous he was with The Warnaco Group, Inc. in several roles of financial leadership, most recently as the Chief Financial Officer for the European region.
Ms. Olson has a proven track record over her 30 year career of growing global, iconic brands such as Calvin Klein Underwear and Ralph Lauren Intimates while delivering superior stockholder returns. As a Warnaco Corporate Officer from 2004 through 2013 and the Group President of Calvin Klein Underwear Global and the Heritage Brands (Speedo, Chaps and Core Intimates Divisions) from 2010 through 2013, the businesses she had responsibility for grew to $1.4 billion and contributed 70% of Warnaco's Operating Income. Calvin Klein Underwear revenue grew at an annualized compound rate of 8%. She has strong global expertise in general management, operations, commercial execution and marketing across a wide range of industries.
Mr. Cole is an accomplished financier and CEO of Haute Hippie, a popular women's contemporary apparel brand. Prior to joining Haute Hippie as CEO in 2012, Mr. Cole was founder and Chief Operator of Schonfeld IBS, a financial services company, from 2005 to 2009. Schonfeld IBS grew into a multi-million dollar business. Mr. Cole then joined Merlin Institutional from 2009 to September, 2012 where he developed the institutional research sales and trading division as a senior partner. Mr. Cole also serves as a member of the board of directors for the Ronald McDonald House.
Mr. Hanson has served as Principal at Global Partners Fund, a private equity fund investing in asset backed businesses, since 2009. Prior to this, he was Director at Babcock & Brown (UK) Ltd, focused on Private Equity and real estate. Mr. Hanson currently serves on the Board of Directors of Nasdaq-listed Long Island Iced Tea Corp., and is also currently a Director of London-based investment companies Corviglia Capital Limited and Haka Capital Limited. Previously, he was a member of Cullen Agricultural Holding Corp. Mr. Hanson holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Auckland in New Zealand.