Nicole Ostoya has served as the President and Chief Executive Officer and a director of Boldface Licensing + Branding (“BLB”) since May 2012 and was appointed as Boldface Group, Inc.’s (BGI) President and Chief Executive Officer and a Director effective as of July 12, 2012. Since the addition of Mr. LaBonty as of March 21st, 2014 she has transitioned to the Chief Marketing Officer of the company. She co-founded BOLDFACE Licensing + Branding in April 2012 to focus on top tier entertainment and designer brands for opportunities in the beauty market. In 2010, Ms. Ostoya co-founded, along with her partner Robin Coe-Hutshing, Santa Monica-based Gold Grenade, LLC, a product development, strategic marketing, comprehensive brand management company that specializes in beauty, cosmetics and personal care. From its inception through the present, Ms. Ostoya has served as the Chief Executive Officer for Gold Grenade, LLC. From 2008 to 2010, Ms. Ostoya served as the Chief Executive Officer of Studio Beautymix at Fred Segal where she managed the retail operation and brought several brands to market with Ms. Coe–Hutshing, the founder of Studio Beautymix. From 1987 to 2006, Ms. Ostoya held many executive roles at Nordstrom, Inc., including full line store manager where she was responsible for operations, P&L management, sales and merchandising for the store. Additionally, she held various executive positions in the beauty division, including merchandise manager for cosmetics for Orange County and Los Angeles County, and west coast merchandise manager for fragrances. In 2006, LVMH recruited Ms. Ostoya to open new channels of distribution for its brand Benefit Cosmetics. There she oversaw the company’s Sephora business, launched the brand on QVC, as well as put together an operational structure to take their boutique concepts on the road. Ms. Ostoya has an AA degree from The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, graduating with honors in 1987.
Emil Rensing has been a director of Boldface Group, Inc. since November 21, 2012. Mr. Rensing is the Chief Digital Officer of EPIX, an American hybrid premium television channel and subscription video-on-demand service that is operated by Studio 3 Partners, a joint venture between Paramount Pictures, Lions Gate Entertainment and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. He joined EPIX in January 2009. Prior to that, Mr. Rensing co-founded Next New Networks, a leading independent producer of online television networks, with Fred Siebert, Herb Scannell, Timothy Shey and Jed Simmons in October 2006. Next New Networks was subsequently acquired by Google in February 2011. Prior to co-founding Next New Networks, Mr. Rensing was a partner in Frederator Studios, a business dedicated to packaging and developing media properties, serving AOL Time-Warner, Victoria’s Secret Pink, Ziff-Davis, Avon, the WWE and other major clients. Previously, he was a part of MTV’s product strategy team which focused on the development of MTVi, the online division of the MTV Networks, and held various engineering and product strategy positions with AOL. Mr. Rensing has been instrumental in the early success of AOL, MTV Networks Online, Frederator Studios and Next New Networks.
Mr. Pat Collins, 38, has been with JH Partners since 2002 and is currently a partner with the firm. Mr. Collins is responsible for originating, executing and monitoring private equity investments. Mr. Collins works in all consumer sectors, but has a particular expertise and focus in emerging markets, beauty and direct marketing. He also plays a key role in managing partner company financings and is the primary point of contact for lenders. Mr. Collins’ operating experience primarily consists of working with management teams to effect key strategic initiatives and operational improvements. Mr. Collins currently serves on the board of Neutral Duty Free Shops. He is also actively engaged with AmeriMark, RLJ Entertainment, Bell Automotive and Studio Moderna and was previously involved with Jurlique, Bare Escentuals, Country Home Products and Walter Drake. Prior to joining JH Partners, Mr. Collins worked at Behrman Capital, a private equity firm with $1.8 billion under management. Prior to Behrman Capital, Mr. Collins was an investment banker at Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc. in New York. Mr. Collins received an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from Yale University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.
Ashumi Kothary has been the Chief Financial Officer of BLB since June 18, 2012 and was appointed as BGI’s Chief Financial Officer effective as of July 12, 2012. She has an extensive background in transactional, operational and private equity matters. Previously, Ms. Kothary was with Growthink, a consulting and investment banking firm, from March 2010 to June 2012. At Growthink, she was an Engagement Partner with the firm from December 2010 to June 2012, where she led investment banking and consulting engagements for the firm and sat on the company’s advisory board. From December 2007 to January 2010, Ms. Kothary was an associate at the consumer products focused private equity fund VMG Partners, in due diligence, acquisition advisory and portfolio management capacities. From November 2006 to November 2007, Ms. Kothary worked for fashion house BCBG MaxAzria, where she managed the retail financial performance of the company’s domestic business, the post-merger integration/restructuring of the “tween” Rave/G&G line, as well as the launch of the company’s e-commerce site. From July 2003 to July 2006, she served at Los Angeles-based investment bank Houlihan Lokey Howard & Zukin advising on sell-side and buy-side engagements, as well as valuations, fairness opinions and solvency assignments. Ms. Kothary graduated from Claremont McKenna College with Honors in 2003, majoring in History and Economics.
Robin Coe-Hutshing has an innate skill for innovation, trend and product success, having consulting with and advised hundreds of nascent brands, including Victoria’s Secret, Stila, Origins, Bath and Body Works, Estee Lauder and others.After selling a rich catalogue of IP to a major cosmetic company in 2010, product and brand development has taken center stage for Ms. Coe-Hutshing, who now focuses on ideation, implementation and development of new brand concepts, strategies. Her reputation for designing brands and products, which reflects a unique DNA, have been rewarded by multiple nominations and awards.Previously, Ms. Coe-Hutshing was Owner/Founder of Studio Beauty Mix at Fred Segal. In this role, she revolutionized the beauty retail landscape with the first open sell apothecary format, preceding Sephora, The Body Shop, and all others in niche beauty with a global market approach to beauty shopping.Boldface Licensing + Branding will benefit from Robin’s creative imprimatur as they come to life.