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Building and Leading Top Brands in a Post-Pandemic World


Please join us for the next Mitsui USA Lunchtime Forum with speaker David Conn, CEO, Raleigh Denim.

David Conn is a visionary, entrepreneurial CEO with expertise in driving transformative growth. He is passionate about building brands that connect with consumers. David is a seasoned leader with a broad skill set including marketing, strategy, retail, ecommerce, finance, and business development. He assembles and leads superstar teams that execute quickly. Currently, David is the CEO of Raleigh Denim, a purveyor of luxury, handcrafted jeans and other apparel. After meeting the founder and making a custom pair of jeans together in the company's factory in North Carolina, David was hooked. Six months later, he joined as CEO with a mission to grow the business. That includes building out the management team, raising capital, and further developing the Raleigh brand and distribution strategy. Before that, David played leadership roles for multiple apparel and consumer brands. He served as CEO of the publicly-held Sequential Brands Group, which owned a portfolio including Gaiam, Jessica Simpson, and Joe's Jeans. Earlier, he played a significant role in acquiring FAO Schwarz and Sharper Image, which became ThreeSixty Brands, with $200 million in global annual sales. As CEO, David introduced an experiential, award-winning, FAO Schwarz NYC flagship store. He also oversaw its franchises worldwide, an e-commerce platform, and licensing agreements. Before that, David played a critical role in acquiring denim and sportswear retailer True Religion. He became CEO of this $500 million global enterprise with over 2,000 employees and 180 stores. At VF Corporation, an $11 billion apparel company, David led the acquisition of Rock & Republic. As its president, he grew this premium denim brand from zero to $200 million. Earlier, as co-founder of the publicly held Iconix Brand Group, David pioneered an innovative business model that drove growth of the company's market capitalization from $60 million to $2 billion.