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Ron Frasch

Operating Partner, Castanea Partners

The merchandising guru deftly led Saks Fifth Avenue through the recession with multiple revamps and digital investment before announcing his departure.

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Biography

Formerly president and chief merchandising officer of Saks Fifth Avenue, Ron Frasch left the company in November 2013, following the closing of its takeover by Canadian retailer Hudson's Bay Co. Since his appointment to the role in February 2007, Frasch has overseen the opening of the store’s highly publicised 10022 Shoe — a shoe department so large it has its own postal code — and the exclusive ‘Wear Now’ department, both located in Saks’ Manhattan flagship on Fifth Avenue.

An instrumental force behind the development of Saks’ private label collections, Frasch has also overseen the introduction of exclusive designer ranges such as Rivemonte by Brunello Cucinelli and La Vie 18 by Piazzia Sempione. Prior to joining Saks in a non-executive capacity in 2004, Frasch held a number of senior positions at competing luxury retailers, including chief executive officer at Bergdorf Goodman and senior vice president and general merchandising manager at Neiman Marcus.

An alumnus of the University of Albany, Frasch initially sold mutual funds before moving into retail with a position at Bloomingdales in New York. Frash has also worked as president and CEO of Escada USA and president of GFT USA. The retail executive serves as a director for the Volunteers of America in Greater New York.

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