David Conn is a visionary, entrepreneurial CEO with expertise in driving transformative growth. He is passionate about building brands that connect with consumers. David is a seasoned leader with a broad skill set including marketing, strategy, retail, ecommerce, finance, and business development. He assembles and leads superstar teams that execute quickly.
Most recently, David served as CEO and a board member of the public company Sequential Brands Group. Sequential is a brand management business that owns a large portfolio of apparel brands including Avia, And1, Gaiam, Jessica Simpson, Joe’s Jeans, and Ellen Tracy.
Before that, David played a significant role in acquiring and relaunching the iconic FAO Schwarz and Sharper Image brands. They became a part of a new company he helped to create, ThreeSixty Brands; he was subsequently appointed CEO. Leveraging his broad expertise, he introduced an omni-channel strategy including an experiential, award winning, FAO Schwarz NYC flagship store. He also oversaw franchised locations worldwide, an e-commerce platform, and licensing agreements, resulting in over $200 million global annual sales.
A major private equity firm retained David to perform due diligence and play a critical role in acquiring True Religion, a denim and sportswear retailer. Post-acquisition, as CEO and board member of this $500 million global enterprise with over 2,000 employees and 180 stores, David led the development and rollout of an innovative new omni-channel store format. He also introduced an e-commerce platform that increased online sales from $15 million to over $50 million.
At VF Corporation, an $11 billion apparel company, David led the acquisition of premium denim brand Rock & Republic. As its brand president, he relaunched Rock & Republic, growing it from zero into a $200 million enterprise. He achieved this through strategic partnerships, improved Asian sourcing, expanded product development, and extensive licensing.
As co-founder of Iconix Brand Group, a publicly held company, David was instrumental in pioneering an innovative new business model that changed the industry. He drove growth of the company’s market capitalization from $60 million to $2 billion, share price from $2 to $25, and profitability from breakeven to over $125 million in EBITDA.
David earned a B.A. from Boston University. He currently resides in NYC.