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Mr. Arnold H. Aronson

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Managing Director of Retail Strat...

Phone: (212) ***-****  HQ Phone
Kurt Salmon Associates Inc
650 Fifth Ave.
New York, New York 10019
United States

Company Description: Kurt Salmon Associates (KSA) is the premier global solutions provider focused exclusively on the retail, consumer products, and health care industries. Celebrating...   more
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Employment History

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Education

  • Master of Business Administration
    Columbia University
  • bachelor's degree cum laude
    Harvard College
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Corporate Governance - Corporate Overview - Ralph Lauren Investor Relations
phx.corporate-ir.net, 30 Sept 2014 [cached]
Arnold H.  Aronson Corporate Governance - Corporate Overview - Ralph Lauren Investor Relations
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Arnold H.  Aronson Managing Director, Retail Strategies
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Mr. Aronson has been a director of the Company since November 2001. He has been a Managing Director, Retail Strategies at Kurt Salmon, a global management consulting firm specializing in services to retail and consumer products companies, since 1997. In his career, he served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Saks Fifth Avenue, Inc., The Batus Retail Group (the then parent entity of, among others, Saks Fifth Avenue, Marshall Fields and Kohl’s) and subsequently, Woodward & Lothrop/John Wanamaker. Mr. Aronson currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees and its Executive Committee of The New School University and is a member of the Board of Governors and former Chairman of its Parsons School of Design.
Experience, Qualifications, Attributes and Skills
Mr. Aronson has substantial business and retail industry experience. His experiences as a consultant in a global management consulting firm specializing in retail and consumer products companies and as a chief executive officer of major retail companies provides our Board with valuable insight into operational and strategic issues related to the retail industry. As a former chief executive officer of several major retail entities, including Saks Fifth Avenue, Inc., Mr. Aronson has intimate knowledge in the areas of marketing, financial reporting and merchandising. In addition, his service on the boards of academic institutions provides our Board with valuable understanding of governance matters.
Corporate Governance - Corporate Overview - Ralph Lauren Investor Relations
phx.corporate-ir.net, 9 July 2014 [cached]
Arnold H.  Aronson Managing Director, Retail Strategies
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Mr. Aronson has been a director of the Company since November 2001. He has been a Managing Director, Retail Strategies at Kurt Salmon, a global management consulting firm specializing in services to retail and consumer products companies, since 1997. In his career, he served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Saks Fifth Avenue, Inc., The Batus Retail Group (the then parent entity of, among others, Saks Fifth Avenue, Marshall Fields and Kohl’s) and subsequently, Woodward & Lothrop/John... 
"The more selling days you have ...
www.ksalab.com, 29 May 2013 [cached]
"The more selling days you have between Thanksgiving and Christmas, the better off you are," said Kurt Salmon retail strategist Arnold Aronson in the article. "Pre-Christmas selling has always been more valuable than post-holiday selling.
Ralph Lauren, Roger N. Farah, ...
www.sec.gov, 3 July 2013 [cached]
Ralph Lauren, Roger N. Farah, Jackwyn L. Nemerov, David Lauren, John R. Alchin, Arnold H. Aronson, Joyce F. Brown, Judith A. McHale and Robert C. Wright have been nominated for election as Class B Directors.
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Arnold H. Aronson
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Mr. Aronson has been a director of the Company since November 2001. He has been a Managing Director, Retail Strategies at Kurt Salmon, a global management consulting firm specializing in services to retail and consumer products companies, since 1997. In his career, he served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Saks Fifth Avenue, Inc., The Batus Retail Group (the then parent entity of, among others, Saks Fifth Avenue, Marshall Fields and Kohl’s) and subsequently, Woodward & Lothrop/John Wanamaker. Mr. Aronson currently serves as a member of the board of trustees of The New School University, as Chairman of the board of governors of its Eugene Lang College and is a member of the board of governors and former Chairman of its Parsons School of Design.
Experience, Qualifications, Attributes and Skills
Mr. Aronson has substantial business and retail industry experience. His experiences as a consultant in a global management consulting firm specializing in retail and consumer products companies and as a chief executive officer of major retail companies provides our Board of Directors with valuable insight into operational and strategic issues related to the retail industry. As a former chief executive officer of several major retail entities, including Saks Fifth Avenue, Inc., Mr. Aronson has intimate knowledge in the areas of marketing, financial reporting and merchandising. In addition, his service on the boards of academic institutions provides our Board of Directors with valuable understanding of governance matters.
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Our Board of Directors believes that a majority of our directors should be independent, and has determined that all of our non-management directors, John R. Alchin, Arnold H. Aronson, Frank A. Bennack, Jr., Dr. Joyce F. Brown, Joel L. Fleishman, Hubert Joly, Judith A. McHale, Steven P. Murphy and Robert C. Wright, are independent.
Polo Ralph Lauren Corporation Investor Relations
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Polo Ralph Lauren Announces Appointment of Arnold H. Aronson to Board of DirectorsPolo Ralph Lauren Corporation Investor Relations
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Polo Ralph Lauren Announces Appointment of Arnold H. Aronson to Board of Directors
NEW YORK, Nov. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Polo Ralph Lauren Corporation (NYSE: RL) announced the appointment of Arnold H. Aronson to the Company's Board of Directors.He replaces Allen Questrom who recently resigned from the board.
"I have known Arnold personally and professionally for over 20 years and I am very pleased that he has joined our Board of Directors.I have a deep respect for Arnold's experience as one of the industry's top merchants.His thoughtful and well-rounded approach, and his knowledge of the men's, women's and retail businesses will be an asset to Polo Ralph Lauren as we continue to expand our global brand," said Ralph Lauren, chairman and chief executive officer.
Arnold H. Aronson is currently a senior advisor to Kurt Salmon Associates (KSA), a global management consulting firm specializing in services to retail and consumer products companies.Mr. Aronson has spent over 30 years in the retail industry, highlighted by his roles as chairman and chief executive officer of Bullocks, Saks Fifth Avenue, the Batus Retail Group and Woodward & Lothrop/John Wanamaker.
Mr. Aronson began his retail career at Bloomingdales in 1959, rising to the position of divisional merchandise manager.He left Bloomingdales in 1969 to become executive vice president and general merchandise manager of the May Company.In 1972, Mr. Aronson joined Bullocks (now Macy's West, a division of Federated Department Stores) as president, and was later appointed to the position of chairman and chief executive officer.
Mr. Aronson became the chairman and chief executive officer of Saks Fifth Avenue in 1979.In 1983, he was named president, and later assumed the role of chairman and chief executive officer, of the Batus Retail Group, previously the parent entity of Saks Fifth Avenue, Marshall Field's, Kohl's, Gimbels, Ivey's, Frederick & Nelson, Crescent and Breuner's.Mr. Aronson formed his own investment firm in 1987, specializing in leveraged buyouts of retail businesses, and subsequently purchased an equity position in Woodward & Lothrop/John Wanamaker.In 1989, he became the company's chairman and chief executive officer.Immediately prior to joining Kurt Salmon Associates, Mr. Aronson served as partner in charge of management consulting at Levy-Kerson-Aronson & Associates, Inc.
Mr. Aronson currently serves as chairman of the Board of Governors of the Parsons School of Design and as vice chairman of the Board of Trustees of New School University in New York City.He received his bachelor's degree cum laude from Harvard College and his Master of Business Administration from Columbia University.
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