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.
Jill Ramsey, CEO
Jill joined a.k.a. Brands as CEO in May of 2020. Jill’s experience in leading business and product teams in ecommerce extends 20 years with a focus on merchandising, multichannel retail and 3rd party marketplaces. Prior to joining a.k.a. Brands, Jill served as Chief Product and Digital Revenue Officer at Macy’s, Inc. where she led macys.com and the Macy’s mobile app. During her tenure, she drove a transformational change toward a more digital, agile, data and customer centric culture. Prior to Macy’s, she served as a VP at eBay, where she led all eBay vertical businesses (excluding automotive) and merchandising support functions. Jill spent 15 years at Walmart in e-commerce, leading merchandising across various categories. Jill serves on the Board of Directors for Flexco, a leading, global manufacturer of conveyor belt products. She also serves on their Governance and Compensation Committees.
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CIARAN LONG, 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.
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Michael Trembley, CIO & SVP of OperationsMichael 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.
Cio & svp of ops
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Jonathan Harvey, SVP & Head of PeopleJonathan joined a.k.a. Brands as SVP & Head of People in June 2019. He has global experience spanning multiple formats with overall accountability for: human resources strategy, employee relations, union avoidance/relations programs, training design & implementation, leadership development, performance management, talent acquisition & retention (all levels), compensation planning, benefits administration, change management, executive coaching, human resource information systems, and global human resources support. Previously, he served as Vice President of Human Resources and Customer Care at Fashion Nova. He helped the organization scale from less than 100 employees to over 1,200. Jonathan experience extends over 15 years, which included progressive HR leadership roles at various brands and retailers, including Bluestem Brands/Orchard Brands, Body Central, Forever 21, CVS/Long Drugs, and Target.
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SVP & Head of People
John Gonneville, VP of Strategy + M&AJohn 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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VP of Strategy + M&A
EMILY GOLDBERG, HEAD OF CORP. COMMUNICATIONSEmily 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.
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HEAD OF CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS
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.
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
Wez Bryett & Eirin Bryett
Founders Princess Polly
Simon Beard & Tah-nee Beard Founders Culture Kings
Simon Beard & Tah-nee Beard
Founders Culture Kings
Tiffany Henry, Founder Petal & Pup
Founder Petal & Pup
Grisel Paula, Founder Rebdolls