Key skills and experience
Fran has over 30 years’ of apparel merchandising, product innovation and branding experience having spent the majority of her career at the US retailer LL Bean.
Other current appointments
Fran is currently a Non-Executive Director of a number of US companies including Vera Bradley Inc., the accessories brand; Regent Holding, a home décor designer and importer; and an industry executive for Freeman Spogli, a US private equity firm specialising in retail and consumer brands.
Previous relevant experience
Fran worked for several specialty chains such as The Gap, Williams –Sonoma and The Nature Company. She joined LL Bean in 1994 as Director of Product Development, Home Furnishings and went on to hold a number of roles including Vice President, Affiliated Brands, before becoming Chief Merchandising Officer in 2002 until she retired in 2011. She was previously a Non-Executive Director of Totes Isotoner, the accessories manufacturer.
Fran has a degree in English and Sociology from Bowdoin College, Maine, and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.