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Eileen Mockus has been our President and Chief Executive Officer since August 2013, when she was also elected to our Board of Directors. A veteran of the industry for more than twenty-five years, Ms. Mockus's strength in fabric and product development was cultivated at brands like PB Teen and Pottery Barn Kids (2000 to 2010), The North Face (1993 to 1996), and Patagonia (1989 to 1991), but was driven in a more sustainability-focused direction by her own commitment to the planet. She represents Coyuchi on the Fiber Council for the Organic Trade Organization and as a member of the Board for Accelerating Circularity, a collaborative industry project formed to establish systems for reducing textile waste. She is also the board chair of the Chetna Coalition, an ethical textile and fashion value chain community that works to organize and align the demand of buyers and manufacturers to support the growth and development of Chetna’s organic farming community. Ms. Mockus earned a B.S. degree in textiles and clothing from the University of California, Davis, and an MSBA from San Francisco State University.
Sejal Solanki joined our company in 2018, and currently serves as our Chief Marketing Officer. A digital executive with over twenty years of experience, she brought her e-commerce and marketing prowess to brands like Charlotte Russe (2012 to 2018) and Philosophy (2008 to 2012), where she honed her expertise for building and leading teams across all functions of e-commerce. An expert in web, mobile & APP strategies, product development, analytics, and user experience, she oversees our e-commerce and marketing operations, with an emphasis on digital marketing, site experience, brand marketing and e-commerce strategy. She uses her knowledge and passion for the evolving world of tech to drive Coyuchi forward. Sejal was drawn to Coyuchi because of her passion for sustainability and the growing opportunity for change in the ecommerce home space. Ms. Solanki earned a B.A. degree in Communication from Arizona State University.
Marcus Chung is our Chief Operating Officer, overseeing supply chain, sourcing strategy, sustainability and IT since May of 2022. His previous work with ThirdLove (2019 to 2022), Stitch Fix (2016 to 2019) and The Children’s Place (2012 to 2016) saw him leading global teams to deliver exceptional product quality, and developing strategies with the broader apparel industry to drive sustainability and protect garment workers' rights in the supply chain. Mr. Chung served as a Trustee for Wesleyan University and served two terms on the board of directors for Net Impact, a non-profit organization whose mission is to mobilize a new generation to use their careers to drive transformational change in their workplaces and the world. Mr. Chung holds a B.A. from Wesleyan University and an MBA from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business.
Farid Naghipour joined our company in 2022 as our Controller. He previously held various controller, consulting and management positions in the advertising, marketing and e-commerce industries in the United States and Canada. At Coyuchi, Mr. Naghipour has spearheaded the company’s innovative solutions for process optimization and automation. He practices transformational leadership and believes in building cross-functional business partnerships to promote teamwork and collaboration to meet organizational objectives. Mr. Naghipour holds a business degree with a concentration in accounting from Ryerson University and maintains an active CPA designation.
Priyadarshi Sinha is the Vice President of Technology for Coyuchi. He assumed his position in September 2021 and is responsible for Coyuchi's near-term engineering priorities and long-term planning, including oversight of the company's IT infrastructure and service delivery. Priyadarshi brings extensive strategic and industry experience to Coyuchi, having served as Director of IT at Matson Navigation. Prior to that, he spent seventeen years at Cisco Systems in product development and technology consulting. At Cisco, his clients included major retail, insurance, and financial institutions, for whom he delivered measurable results over an extended period of time. His primary responsibilities consisted of advising businesses on technology strategies, system modernization, digital marketing and commerce, big data, digital transformation, and information security. He holds a degree in Computer Science and Engineering from University of Marathwada, India.
Whitney Thornburg joined our company in 2019. She previously held a teaching position at California College of the Arts in Fashion Design from 2011-2019 and led design for Isda & Co, a San Francisco clothing label known for beautiful textiles and timeless designs, from 2001-2010 and 2013-2014. During her time at California College of the Arts, Ms. Thornburg developed and taught fashion design curriculum in sustainable practices and creating circular systems to examine the life-cycle of product. Ms. Thornburg studied Fashion Design at Iowa State University.
Margot Lyons joined our company in 2012 and is currently our Director of Sustainability and Sourcing, where she works with our strategic partners to ensure all our company’s product sustainability standards are met. Her work has directly contributed to our company’s goal of reaching full circularity, which we achieved in 2021 with the release of the Full Circle Recycled Cotton Blanket and Throw. Ms. Lyons received a Master of Science degree in textiles and clothing from the University of California, Davis, where she co-founded Aggie Reuse Store, an on-campus resource for creative reuse and upcycling.
Izzie Ali is our Director of Operations, leading both the Logistics and Customer Service divisions of Coyuchi. He comes from a diverse supply chain and logistics background, having led the North American Logistics Operations for his previous company, ThredUp Inc. ( 2021-2022) and the North American and Asia Pacific logistics operations for S.C. Johnson’s Lifestyle division, which includes brands such as Method, Babyganics, Mrs.Meyers, and Ecover (2018-2021). One of his key objectives for each company was to help drive sustainable and eco-friendly business practices in order to reduce GHG emissions in their supply chain. Izzie holds a dual MBA from the University of Manchester in the U.K. and from Indiana University Kelley School of Business.
Julie Wells joined Coyuchi in 2022 as our Brand Marketing Director. She champions brand, design and marketing strategy producing campaigns, narrative-driven content and thoughtful experiences. From her early days at Soho House, GrandLife Hotels and Ian Schrager Company to her role in launching NeueHouse as the Global Marketing & Artistic Director, Julie has always married brand storytelling and design with a drive to build community around innovative services and experiences. Ms. Wells earned a B.A. in Communication Design from Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia.
Silvia Mazzucchelli joined our board of directors as its chairwoman in April 2022. Ms. Mazzucchelli is currently a senior adviser at Boston Consulting Group, Inc., a global management consulting firm, since January 2021, a director of Carbon38, a venture capital-backed company in the performance apparel space, since April 2019, and a director of SleepMe, a KKR portfolio company in the sleep-tech space since April 2022. She previously served as chairwoman of the board of directors of Sequential Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: SQBG), a brand management company with a portfolio of lifestyle brands, from August 2020 to March 2022; as a director of The Collected Group, a KKR portfolio company from October 2018 to November 2021, and its interim Chief Executive Officer during 2021; and as a director of PAS Group Ltd. (ASX: PGR), a leading Australian fashion company operating in wholesale, direct-to-consumer and licensing, from November 2017 to October 2020. Ms. Mazzucchelli’s contributions in strategy development, consumer brands, and digital transformations leverage 25+ years track-record as a consumer and retail business leader and advisor. Most recently, Ms. Mazzucchelli served as interim CEO of the Collected Group, owner of luxury brands Joie, Equipment and Current Elliott, Chief Executive Officer for ModCloth, a Walmart e-commerce portfolio company, from April 2019 to June 2020, and Chief Merchandising and Marketing Officer at American Apparel from January 2016 to April 2019. Prior to that, Ms. Mazzucchelli held a variety of senior executive roles at Gildan Activewear, Toms Shoes, Guess? Inc. and began her career at the Boston Consulting Group. Ms. Mazzucchelli graduated with an MBA from the Anderson School of Management, UCLA and holds a BSBA degree from Bocconi University in Italy and an International Business Diploma from Stockholm School of Economics.
Ms. Mazzucchelli brings extensive brand management expertise to our company and a deep background in the fashion and retail industry. She also brings working experience in corporate controls and governance as a director of other public companies.
Ranjeet Bhatia has been a member of our board of directors since 2009. In 2000, he co-founded and is managing director of Saffron Hill Ventures, a venture capital firm with a focus on technology and cleantech. He currently serves on the board of directors of Agilyx, a pioneer in advanced recycling of post-use plastics, and Optasia Medical, a manufacturer of computer-assisted detection software for medical imaging. Mr.Bhatia earned a B.A. degree in environmental science from Occidental College, an MBA from UCLA’s Anderson School of Business and an M.A. degree in International Relations and Economics from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies.
Mr. Bhatia brings extensive knowledge of the cleantech sector and the broad range of “green” companies in the industry, as well as a deep background in early-stage and growth companies, emerging markets, mergers and acquisitions, and capital market activities.
Jessica E. Smith has been a member of our board of directors since October 2013. Ms. Smith has decades of experience working with environmentally friendly organizations and the arts, and is an advocate for organic and sustainably-grown home products for their value, beauty and responsibility to the environment and the artisans who created them. Ms. Smith is a graduate of Swarthmore College, studied painting at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, the Chautauqua Institution, The Art Students League and The New York Studio School, where she later served as Program Director. Ms. Smith co-founded Artemis IV LLC, The Fund for Sustainable Agriculture and the Jessica E. Smith and Kevin R. Brine Charitable Fund. Ms. Smith currently serves on the board of the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM).
Amber Tarshis has been a member of our board of directors since April 2022. Ms. Tarshis is an accomplished retail and entertainment marketing executive with extensive experience leading the marketing operations of many major brands. She is the Chief Marketing Officer at Jellysmack, a global creator company, where she oversees brand strategy, public relations, experiential marketing, media planning, product & content marketing, and corporate social media. Prior to Jellysmack, Ms. Tarshis led marketing at movie ticketing tech startup Atom Tickets, where she drove brand awareness and customer acquisition through digital marketing campaigns and strategic partnerships with all the major film studios and leading brands, like Amazon, T-Mobile, and JP Morgan Chase. Earlier in her career, she worked on the launch of the Discovery Communications and Hasbro TV Network, and also led brand initiatives at Warner Bros., working globally on film franchises like Harry Potter. In addition to the entertainment industry, Ms. Tarshis has also utilized her direct-to-consumer retail expertise as SVP of Marketing for global fashion brands Victoria’s Secret, head of Marketing for Puma North America, CMO at Guess? Inc. and Pacific Sunwear. Ms. Tarshis holds a B.A. degree from the University of Pennsylvania and is a member of the Television Academy of Arts & Sciences.
Growing up in a household where her mother and five sisters all sewed, Eileen Mockus has been passionate about textiles as long as she can remember. Eileen pursued a bachelor of science in textile and clothing from the University of California, Davis, and a master of science in business administration, with an emphasis on small business and entrepreneurship, from San Francisco State University. Eileen learned about entrepreneurship first-hand while developing new products for the North Face, and honed her business development and branding skills at Pottery Barn Kids and PB Teen. At these and other iconic brands, such as Patagonia, she made use of her deep knowledge of the technical side of the textile business, working in fabric development, materials testing, product development and sourcing. She first became interested in organic cotton and improved processing for textiles while visiting manufacturing facilities in Europe and Asia. The challenge of making high-quality products in a way that is respectful to the people who make them, as well as to the earth, drew her to Coyuchi and helps guide her vision for the company as we grow. Eileen is the board chair of the Chetna Coalition which is an ethical textile and fashion value chain community with the goal to organize and align the demand of buyers and manufacturers to support the growth and development of Chetna’s Organic farming community. Eileen represents Coyuchi on the Fiber Council for the Organic Trade Organization and is an active member of the Textile Exchange.
Sejal Solanki is a digital executive with 16+ years experience driving e-commerce growth through digital experience, technology innovation, marketing and strategy. Sejal credits her unique point-of-view and ability to manage diverse employees and vendors to the many countries she lived in, such as the UK and Africa. Sejal has expertise in building and leading teams across all functions of e-commerce for companies ranging from global to founder-led. An expert in web, mobile & APP strategies, product development, analytics, and user experience, she is enthusiastic about the evolving world of tech and adapting it to drive Coyuchi forward. Sejal was drawn to Coyuchi because of her passion for sustainability and loves being able to walk to the Coyuchi office everyday. When she's not enjoying the commute to work she loves hiking with her dog and continuing to explore new countries.
Kevin R Brine, a father, writer and independent scholar, discovered his passion for the organic farming movement in the early 1970s when he ran a bio-dynamic farm in upstate New York. Trained in soil science at University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Agriculture, he worked as a soil analyst at the UW Soil and Plant Analysis Lab before joining Wall Street in the late 1970s where he served on the Board of Sanford C Bernstein & Co, Inc. from 1985 to 2000. Mr. Brine has served as trustee of New York University, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Spence School and The World Monument Fund; in addition, Mr. Brine co-founded the Children’s Pediatric AIDS Foundation at New York Hospital and served as a Public Overseer of Weill Cornell Medical College. Mr. Brine holds a BA from University of Wisconsin, Madison, an MA in English and American Literature from New York University and a MBA from the Stern School of Business, NYU. With his wife, Jessica E Smith, Mr. Brine co-founded Artemis IV, LLC, The Fund for Sustainable Agriculture and the Jessica E Smith and Kevin R Brine Charitable Fund. His most recent book, Finance in America: An Unfinished Story, co-authored with Mary Poovey, is scheduled to be published by University of Chicago Press this November.
Jessica Smith is a mother, artist, and philanthropist. Like many mothers, her commitment to organic cotton and sustainable agriculture began with the birth of her first child. A supporter of healthy-living choices, Ms. Smith advocates organic and sustainably -grown home products for their value, beauty, and responsibility to the environment and the artisans who created them. Ms. Smith, a graduate of Swarthmore College, studied painting at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, the Chautauqua Institution, The Art Students League and The New York Studio School, where, she later served as Program Director. With her husband Kevin R Brine, Ms. Smith co-founded Artemis IV, LLC, The Fund For Sustainable Agriculture and the Jessica E Smith and Kevin R Brine Charitable Fund. Ms. Smith lives with her husband, Kevin R Brine, and her three boys in Santa Barbara, California and New York City, where she serves on the board of the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM).
Ranjeet Bhatia has had a lifelong interest in environmental issues – a passion that inspired him to pursue a BA in environmental science from Occidental College, positions in the environment and energy consulting groups at Booz-Allen & Hamilton, and Dyncorp-Meridian and an internship in Vice President Al Gore's White House Office on Environmental Policy. Ranjeet earned an MBA from UCLA's Anderson School of Business, as well as an MA in International Relations and Economics from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). He worked as Advisor to the Chairman of Loot Ltd., where he advised on e-commerce strategy and investment, and in a venture capital capacity for Lord Rothschild, evaluating technology venture opportunities. Today he is co-founder and managing director at Saffron Hill Ventures, a London-based venture capital firm with a focus on cleantech, among other cutting-edge sectors. He currently serves on the Board of Agilyx, Image Metrics, Faceware Technologies, and Optasia Medical.
Fashion pioneer Steve Alan knows the power of good design and the limitless potential of textiles. He opened his first retail store in 1994 in New York, stocking the shelves and racks with pieces from an eclectic group of emerging designers, and quickly became known for his keen eye and his subversive take on classics. In 1999, he launched the Steven Alan Collection, his own line of casual wardrobe essentials, winning legions of loyal followers for his modern twists on quintessentially American style. Since then, he has assembled a mini fashion empire, with eponymous stores across the US, a showroom that represents 20 apparel and accessories designers and his collection sold in more than 300 stores worldwide. As a board member since 2013, Steven brings his love of textiles and his formidable retail expertise to bear for Coyuchi.