New York, NY, February 10, 2018 --(PR.com
)-- Mela Artisans Inc., a socially conscious luxury lifestyle brand with offices in New York City and Boca Raton, announced the addition of two respected, and highly experienced individuals to their board: Frank Guzzetta, former President of the Ralph Lauren Home Collection, and William M. Smith, Managing Partner at Global Reach Capital, LLC.
Frank Guzzetta comes with a legacy of retail expertise as a 30-year veteran of retail management. His past leadership experiences include leading Ralph Lauren Home as President, Macy's North as Chairman and CEO and Marshall Fields as President and CEO in addition to senior positions in buying and merchandising roles across multiple product categories within major department stores. Frank began his career working in India as part of a Small Business Development program for the Peace Corp and has continued his commitment of social responsibility by serving on various boards to lend his wealth of knowledge throughout his career. He brings a unique knowledge of building brands through social mission, holding positions on the Board of Directors with companies such as 10,000 Villages. Frank brings a wealth of experience in building businesses with a keen aesthetic eye to the Mela team.
William M. Smith has advised hundreds of apparel, retail, and consumer products companies on general strategic initiatives, M&A strategy, and capital structure. Mr. Smith is one of the leading investment bankers over the past twenty years focused exclusively on the consumer products and retail industry and is acknowledged as a market expert frequently cited for his vast financial and industry knowledge. He was the President of Financo, Inc, as well as Managing Director and Head of Kidder Peabody's retail investment banking group. He founded Global Reach Capital, LLC an early stage private equity firm investing in the consumer space. His knowledge of the intricacies and trends occurring in the consumer space will be a valuable resource to the Mela team.
“Their global experience and expertise in strategic business management, global brand building, and personal commitment to social enterprises will strengthen Mela Artisans ability to take innovation to scale and increase our impact around the world. We’re delighted to have their input and vision added to our board,” stated Navroze Mehta, Founder and CEO of Mela Artisans.
For more information on the Mela Artisans collections and the artisan communities, please visit www.melaartisans.com.
About Mela Artisans
Mela Artisans is a design driven luxury lifestyle brand that contemporizes traditional handcrafted techniques and celebrates local artisanal skills, along with fostering entrepreneurship and sustainable social uplift in the communities in which it does business. Co-Founded in August 2010 by entrepreneur, Navroze S. Mehta and his daughter Sonali Mehta-Rao, Mela has launched collections with Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, Bloomingdales, Holt Renfrew and other fine boutiques in the U.S., Europe, India and Latin America and online at www.melaartisans.com.