Connected.
Experienced.
Skilled.
Passionate.

Connected.
Experienced.
Skilled.
Passionate.

Meet Our Team

We’re a lean team of experts across key functional areas. We’re hands-on thinkers and doers, united by our vision to be the global leader in direct-to-consumer fashion. From start-ups to Fortune 500s, we provide a depth of knowledge, experience, skill, and passion as we advise our Founders and manage our platform.

 

CIARAN LONG, Interim CEO and CFO

Ciarán Long joined a.k.a. Brands as Chief Financial Officer in April 2021. Long is a strategic leader with over 20 years of experience developing and managing high performance, cross-functional teams geared toward driving organizational growth and change. Prior to joining a.k.a. Brands, Long served as Chief Financial Officer eCommerce & Vice President of Finance for Membership, Marketing and Supply Chain at SamsClub, a division of Walmart. Here he led the teams responsible for FP&A-eCommerce, merchandising finance, supply chain finance, membership marketing finance, and add spend. During his seven-year tenure at Walmart, Inc. he held numerous leadership positions within Walmart’s eCommerce division including Vice President Finance – Retail, Vice President Finance – Merchandising, and Vice President of Finance – Supply Chain, Customer Care and Payments. Long joined Walmart after Co-founding CleanGrow, a company that developed new sensor technology to measure key water quality parameters.

CIARAN LONG
Interim CEO and CFO

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Michael Trembley, CIO & SVP of Operations

Michael joined a.k.a. Brands in September 2020 as CIO & SVP of Operations. Michael brings more than 20 years of experience in leveraging technology platforms and leading operations in ecommerce, retail and digital consumer services. Prior to joining a.k.a., Michael served as Vice President of Product Management at Macy’s where he led the evolution and scaling of merchant and vendor technology platforms and was the business and operations owner for drop-ship and marketplace businesses. Before Macy’s he served as the Vice President of Marketplace and Partner Services for Walmart, he led the strategy, platform development, and operations of the third-party marketplace and drop-ship businesses. Michael serves as Board Advisor to Brand3P, helping leading brands deploy ecommerce and marketplaces retail strategies.

Michael Trembley
Cio & svp of ops

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John Gonneville, VP of Strategy + M&A

John has been a part of the a.k.a. Brands team since 2018 as a member of the co-founding team at Summit Partners. In July 2020, he joined the platform full-time as VP of Strategy and M&A. As an investor at Summit Partners, he focused on consumer and eCommerce and deployed over $300 million of equity in proprietary deals. John played an integral role in the formation of a.k.a brands including identifying and executing the investments in Princess Polly, Petal + Pup and Rebdolls. Before joining Summit, John began his career at Barclays Investment Bank, where he advised on capital raising and M&A transactions.

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John Gonneville
VP of Strategy + M&A

EMILY GOLDBERG, HEAD OF CORP. COMMUNICATIONS

Emily joined a.k.a. Brands as the Head of Corporate Communications in May 2021. Emily is an experienced strategic communications professional and has worked both in-house and at global agencies. Emily joined a.k.a Brands from Prosek Partners, where she was an Associate Vice President focused on corporate communications and public relations strategies for complex and special situations. Prior to Prosek, Emily was a Manager of Financial Communications at Macy’s, Inc. where she was responsible for executive communications, investor messaging and corporate public relations. Before Macy’s, Emily worked at Brunswick Group, where she advised clients on communications strategies for M&A transactions, financial communications and IPOs in the retail, consumer and financial services sectors.
EMILY GOLDBERG HEAD OF CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS

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EMILY GOLDBERG
HEAD OF CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS

Kenneth (“KC”) White, CLO & Head of People

Kenneth (“K.C.”) White joined a.k.a. Brands as Head of Legal in June 2022. K.C. is a strategic leader with over 15 years of experience providing legal, operational and strategic advice to business leaders and colleagues. Prior to joining a.k.a. Brands, K.C. served as Vice President, Legal at Viant, a publicly traded digital advertising company. At Viant, he was responsible for providing business and legal guidance on a wide variety of subject matters, including commercial transactions, IP portfolio management and enforcement, and labor and employment strategies and issues. Before Viant, K.C. served as VP, Business & Legal Affairs at Ethika, a leading San Clemente-based lifestyle brand. At Ethika, K.C. drove complex commercial transactions and operations that advanced critical corporate goals during a period of rapid company growth. Prior to Ethika, K.C. served as VP, Associate General Counsel at Allianz Asset Management of America, the parent company of PIMCO, one of the largest asset managers in the world, and provided business and legal advice on various corporate governance, finance, investments, insurance and marketing and advertising matters.

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Kenneth ("KC") White
CLO & Head of People

Our Board

A seasoned and exceptionally accomplished team of advisors, our Board brings both a depth of experience and a breadth of perspective on how to grow companies successfully. Together, they represent an eclectic mix of Beauty, Fashion, Retail, Financial, and Gaming. Talk about a dream team.

 

Myles McCormick
Board Member

Kelly Thompson
Board Member

Christopher Dean
Board Member

MATTHEW HAMILTON
BOARD MEMBER

Wez Bryett
Board Member

Ilene Eskenazi
Board Member

Sourav Ghosh
Board Member

Jill Ramsey
Board Member

Our Brand Leaders

The diversity of our brands is a reflection of the extraordinary group of leaders and teams behind them. Varied in the style, voice, and story, they all have big social followings, high customer loyalty, low acquisition costs, and efficient direct marketing.

 

Wez Bryett & Eirin Bryett, Founders Princess Polly

 

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Wez Bryett & Eirin Bryett
Founders Princess Polly

Simon Beard & Tah-nee Beard Founders Culture Kings

 

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Simon & Tah-nee Beard

Simon Beard & Tah-nee Beard
Founders Culture Kings

Victoria Perry, president Petal & Pup

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Victoria Perry
President Petal & Pup

Nick Bowersox, President mnml

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Nick Bowersox
President mnml

Grisel Paula, Founder Rebdolls

 

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Grisel Paula
Founder Rebdolls