Frances P. Philip
From 1994 to 2011, Ms. Philip held positions of increasing responsibility at L.L. Bean, Inc., a privately-held outdoor apparel and equipment retailer based in Freeport, Maine, including Chief Merchandising Officer from 2002 to 2011. Prior to working at L.L. Bean, Ms. Philip was one of three principals who launched the innovative fresh flower catalog, Calyx & Corolla, and she served in a variety of roles with other specialty retailers, including The Nature Company, Williams-Sonoma and The Gap. Ms. Philip also serves on the boards of Coats Group plc., a UK-based leading supplier of premium and high-performance threads and yarn to a wide range of industries with securities traded on the London Stock Exchange; Sea Bags, a privately-held manufacturer and retailer of handcrafted tote bags and accessories made from recycled sails; Totes-Isotoner Corporation, a privately-held international umbrella, footwear and cold-weather accessory supplier; and Regent Holdings, a privately-held designer, importer and wholesaler of home décor. She also serves as an Industry Executive for Freeman-Spogli, a private equity company specializing in retail, consumer brands, restaurants and distribution services.
Ms. Philip brings to our Board of Directors extensive experience in product design and development, multi-channel merchandising and the retail and consumer products industry.