On July 31, 2014, John Hardy announced it appointed Robert Hanson as Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Hanson brings more than 25 years of brand development and retail experience to John Hardy, including with American Eagle Outfitters, Inc., where he served as Chief Executive Officer, and Levi Strauss & Co., where he served as Global President of Leviâ€™s. Damien Dernoncourt, who has served as John Hardyâ€™s Chief Executive Officer since 2007, has been named Non-Executive Chairman.
It was also announced that John Hardy was acquired by Catterton, the leading consumer-focused private equity firm. Catterton has partnered with luxury brands including Restoration Hardware, Baccarat, PIRCH, and Frederic Fekkai to name a few.
Mr. Hanson said, â€śJohn Hardy is an iconic luxury brand with a loyal customer following, and I have been impressed with the strength of the brand under Damienâ€™s leadership. I look forward to leading the company and building upon its tradition of creating truly unique, authentic designs and providing outstanding customer service. John Hardy is well known for its distinctive style, extraordinary quality and commitment to handcrafted sustainable luxury. These key pillars will continue to be the cornerstone of our Company and our future success. With Cattertonâ€™s well-established track record for partnering with leading brands to help them capitalize on growth opportunities, I believe that John Hardy has significant potential and a bright future.â€ť
A California native, Mr. Hanson relocated to New York City where he will be based for his new role at John Hardy. He is an avid global traveler, a fitness fanatic, culturally curious, and loves stylish and meaningful things. He and his partner of 23 years, Michael, also have an organic farm near San Francisco.