Melanie Cox

Mrs. Cox is an experienced merchant CEO and Private Equity Operations Executive with a strong track record in developing and implementing sound business strategies that meet or exceed financial goals. Her client list includes Apax Partners, Versa Capital Management, Guardian Capital Partners, CD&R, Hitachi Consulting, UBS, Investcorp, and AEA.. She has held interim CEO roles in the skincare and medical device industries in addition to the fashion retail and wholesale segments.

Most recently she held the Interim CEO role at rue21, a national fast fashion retailer with 758 stores. Formerly, she was President and CEO at Wet Seal, Scoop NYC, and Rave Stores. She has more than 25 years of firsthand retail experience and has held senior level positions at Urban Outfitters, and Gymboree. She was also an Operating Executive at notable Private Equity firms including Cerberus Capital Management, Versa Capital Management, and Prentice Capital Management.

Her diversified background includes driving significant revenue and profit growth, the completion of two mergers, as well as the recruitment of multiple senior management teams. Her specialties include merchandising, marketing, product development, sourcing, operations, logistics, business development, and real estate. She is a veteran in all sectors of the retail industry from discount to luxury, and in women’s, men’s, children’s, accessories, home, beauty, gifts, and toys.