Matthew E. Rubel

Matthew E. Rubel, age 61, was elected as a Director on February 21, 2018. Mr. Rubel most recently served as the Chief Executive Officer of Varsity Brands.  He currently serves as Executive Chairman of the Board at KidKraft, Inc. and as the Lead Independent Director of The Joint Corporation.  He is also an Independent Director at Hudson's Bay Company.  In 2010, Mr. Rubel became a Presidential Appointee to the White House Advisory Council on Trade Policy Negotiation.


Mr. Rubel has extensive private equity, as well as executive experience. He has served as a Senior Advisor to both TPG Capital, L.P. and TPG Growth, as well as Roark Capital Group. Prior to his advisory roles, Mr. Rubel served as Chief Executive Officer and President of Collective Brands, Inc. from 2005 to 2011, including his time as Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and President of Payless Inc. which saw the acquisition of brands including Sperry Topsider, Saucony, Stride Rite and Keds.  From February 1999 to July 2005, he served as the Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of Cole Haan. Mr. Rubel has been an executive and director of numerous multi-national retail and consumer branded companies, including Supervalu from 2010 to 2016 and HSNi from 2012 to 2017.


Mr. Rubel earned his Bachelor of Science in journalism from Ohio University and holds an MBA from the University of Miami.  Mr. Rubel is a member of the Audit Committee of our Board of Directors.