Board of Directors

Highlights | Board of Directors
Thomas Smach
Chairman
Thomas Smach has served as a member of our board of directors since April 2005 and stepped into the role of Chairman in late 2010. Mr. Smach is a founder and partner of Riverwood Capital Management. From Janury 2005 to June 2008, Mr. Smach served as the Chief Financial Officer of Flextronics, Inc. April 2000 until December 2004, he served as Senior Vice President, Finance of Flextronics. From 1997 to April 2000, he served as the Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of The Dii Group, Inc. Mr. Smach is a certified public accountant and serves on the board of directors of ADVA AG Optical Networking.

Andrew Rees
President, CEO and Director
Director Since June 2017
Andrew Rees is the President, CEO and Principal Executive Officer of Crocs, Inc., overseeing the brand’s global strategy and operations. Mr. Rees joined Crocs as President in June 2014, and became CEO and joined the Board of Directors in June 2017. Mr. Rees has more than 25 years of experience in the footwear and retail industry. Prior to joining Crocs, Mr. Rees served as Managing Director of L.E.K. Consulting in Boston where he founded and led the firm’s Retail and Consumer Products Practice for 13 years. While at L.E.K., Mr. Rees served as a consultant for Crocs from 2013 to 2014, supporting the development and execution of the company’s strategic growth plan. Previously, Mr. Rees served as Vice President of both Strategic Planning and Retail Operations for Reebok International. He also held a variety of positions at Laura Ashley.

Gregg Ribatt
Director
Director Since January 2014
Mr. Ribatt served as the CEO of Crocs from January 2015 to June 2017. He was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Collective Brands Performance + Lifestyle Group (formerly, The Stride Rite Corporation), from January 2008 to January 2013. The Performance & Lifestyle Group included the Sperry Top-Sider, Saucony, Keds and Stride Rite brands. Before joining Collective Brands, Mr. Ribatt served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Stuart Weitzman Holdings LLC. Mr. Ribatt's prior experience also includes thirteen years with Bennett Footwear Group, where he was Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer. Bennett was a leading women's fashion footwear company, which included the Franco Sarto, Via Spiga, and Etienne Aigner brands. Mr. Ribatt holds a Bachelor of Arts from Wesleyan University and a Masters of Business Administration from The University of Chicago.

Ian Bickley
Director Since April 2015
Mr. Bickley, has served as President, International Group, of Coach, Inc. (“Coach”), a leading New York design house of modern luxury accessories and lifestyle collections, since August 2013. Effective July 2017, Mr. Bickley will serve as President, Global Business Development and Strategic Alliances for Coach. Prior to his current role, Mr. Bickley served as President, Coach International from February 2006 to August 2013, President and Chief Executive Officer, Coach Japan from August 2001 to January 2006, Vice President, Japan from 1997 to 2001 and other successively senior positions since joining Coach in May 1993. Mr. Bickley brings more than 25 years of global retail and brand building experience to the Board. Since joining Coach in 1993, Mr. Bickley has been an important architect in the development and execution of its international businesses, through direct retail, wholesale and distributor-run businesses. Mr. Bickley also oversees development of all new and emerging markets globally for the Coach brand. This experience provides the Board with significant expertise and perspective relating to global retail operations, emerging markets and branding.

Ronald Frasch
Ronald Frasch has served as Vice Chairman and Chief Merchant of Saks Fifth Avenue, a division of Saks, Incorporated, since November 2004. From January 2004 to November 2004, Mr. Frasch was employed by Saks in a non-executive capacity. From April 2000 to January 2004, Mr. Frasch served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Bergdorf Goodman (a subsidiary of Neiman Marcus Group, Inc.) and served as President of GFT North America (a subsidiary of Gruppo GFT, based in Turin, Italy, a global producer, marketer and distributor of fine men’s and women’s clothing, sportswear and furnishings) from 1996 to 2000. Mr. Frasch also served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Escada USA from 1994 to 1996.

Prakash Melwani
Director Since January 2014
Prakash Melwani is a Senior Managing Director at Blackstone. He is Chief Investment Officer of Blackstone's Private Equity Group and chairs each of its Investment Committees. Mr. Melwani serves as a director of Acushnet Company, Kosmos Energy, Performance Food Group, Pinnacle Foods, RGIS Inventory Specialists, and Blackstone strategic partner, Patria. Mr. Melwani received a First Class Honors degree in Economics from Cambridge University, England, and an M.B.A. with High Distinction from the Harvard Business School, where he graduated as a Baker Scholar and a Loeb Rhodes Fellow.

Doreen Wright
Doreen Wright has served as a member of our board of directors since June 2011. Since 2008, Ms. Wright has been retired, having served previously as Campbell Soup Company’s Senior Vice President and Global Chief Information Officer from 2001 until her retirement. Prior to joining Campbell Soup Company, she was the Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Nabisco from 1999 to 2001. From 1995 through 1998, Ms. Wright was Senior Vice President, Operations and System for Prudential Insurance Company’s Prudential Investment Group. Additionally, Ms. Wright brings prior board experience as a current member of the Board of Directors of the Dean Foods Company, Citadel Broadcasting Corporation, and New Hope Arts, Inc.

Jason Giordano
Director Since January 2015

Jason Giordano is a Managing Director at Blackstone. Since joining Blackstone in 2006, Giordano has been involved in the execution of Blackstone’s investments in Crocs, Pinnacle Foods, Birds Eye Foods, Wishbone, Outerstuff, Polymer Group, Fiberweb, and Providenica, and in analyzing investment opportunities across various industries, including Consumer Products, Food & Beverage, Education, Paper & Packaging, Chemicals and Industrials.


Doug Treff
Director Since June 2016
Mr. Treff is the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of World Vision, Inc., an international relief and development organization. He served as Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of Payless Holdings, Inc. from September 2007 to July 2015 and also as its Chief Financial Officer from 2012 to 2015. Mr. Treff served as Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of Sears Canada Inc. from 2006 to 2007, having been seconded to Sears Canada from Sears Holdings. Mr. Treff served as the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Deluxe Corporation from 2000 to 2006. From 1990 to 2000, he held Chief Financial Officer and other leadership roles in finance at Wilsons The Leather Experts Inc., including serving as Vice President, Finance of Wilsons since 1993 and as Chief Financial Officer and Assistant Secretary since 1996.