Lizanne Kindler, a Class B director, is Chief Executive Officer of Talbots, an omni-channel retailer of women’s apparel, shoes and accessories that was established in Hingham, Massachusetts in 1947. Ms. Kindler returned to Talbots as President in August of 2012 when the company was purchased by private equity firm, Sycamore Partners. She was promoted to CEO nine months later. In January 2021, Ms. Kindler was also named Executive Chair and Interim CEO of Ann Taylor, LOFT, Lou & Grey and Lane Bryant, collectively known as Ascena. These brands are also part of the Sycamore Partners portfolio.
Ms. Kindler is a well-respected leader in the industry and in the community. In 2018 and 2019, Talbots was named as one of the Top 10 Women-Led Businesses in Massachusetts by The Commonwealth Institute and the Globe Magazine. She has been instrumental in cementing Talbots status as a brand with purpose by leading the brand’s partnership with Dress for Success, which has raised nearly $7 million since its inception in 2014. Ms. Kindler is in her third year as an Expert-In-Residence for Babson College’s WIN (Women Innovating Now) Lab, an accelerator for women entrepreneurs. She has been on the Advisory Board of the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University for the last two years. And in January of 2020 was named to the Board of Directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.
A native of Denmark, Ms. Kindler graduated from the Copenhagen Business School with a BA in Economics.