Cole Haan taps former Kate Spade exec Tom Linko as new CFO
Cole Haan has appointed Tom Linko as its newest Chief Financial Officer. Linko comes most recently from the CFO role at Kate Spade & Co and has decades of apparel industry finance experience.
Linko's role as CFO will be to lead global finance which includes accounting, reporting, treasury, tax, internal audit, FP&A and global planning. Cole Haan's CEO Jack Boys said Linko's pedigree and work experience make him a great fit for Cole Haan as it enters a growth period.
Boys said, "His experience in growth-oriented, multi-channel, global fashion and lifestyle brands will serve a vital role on our management team at a time when Cole Haan is gaining marketshare and expanding globally."
Prior to Kate Spade, Linko was CFO/COO at Juicy Couture for two years. He was CFO at Delta Galil, and SVP of Finance for Tommy Hilfiger.
Linko said he is looking forward to bringing his "experience in the fashion industry to a growth brand such as Cole Haan."
Cole Haan is headquartered in New Hampshire. In February 2013, Apex Partners acquired it from Nike for $570 million, making it private for the first time in 25 years. It continues to expand through global distribution agreements and partnerships in expanded markets including Asia and the Middle East.
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