Premium denim label Hudson Jeans has tapped Marla Sabo as the company’s vice chairman.
Sabo has been serving as an adviser for private equity groups working with global companies on branding and retail development. Prior to that, she served as president and chief executive officer of fine jewelry firm Fragments. She is best known for her five-year stint as president and chief operating officer of Christian Dior’s North American arm, a position she left in April 2006. Her résumé also includes work at Hermès, Saks Fifth Avenue and Bergdorf Goodman.
“I really bring a broader operating experience and can be there as a support to Peter,” said Sabo, referring to Hudson chief executive Peter Kim.
Sabo said she hopes to be able to help the company capitalize on its success by implementing better operating structures, bringing in managerial talent and crafting and developing marketing strategies. The company’s board of directors held a meeting last week, and Sabo said management was working on establishing a strategy for expansion.
In March, Hudson received a majority investment from former Reebok ceo Paul Fireman, Fireman Capital Partners and Webster Capital. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed, but The Wall Street Journal reported the investment to be about $30 million.
At the time, Hudson was said to be generating sales of more than $60 million after being in business for seven years.
Dan Fireman, Paul Fireman’s son who runs the namesake firm as managing general partner, was named Hudson’s chairman and David Lowe, an operating partner at Fireman Capital who was a co-owner of Stacy’s Pita Chip Co. Inc., was named a director. Also named to the board at that time from Webster was managing partner Don Steiner and Doug Williams, who used to be head of licensing at Polo Ralph Lauren Corp. and is now ceo of HMX LLC.
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