Advisory Committee

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Terry Lundgren:

Chairman, President and CEO, Macy's, Inc.

Fashion is an industry that thrives on a constant flow of new ideas, techniques and perspectives. Through the NYC Fashion Fellows program, designers, brands and retailers based in our city can have ready access to the very best up-and-coming talent. We can be exposed to emerging innovation from across the country and around the world. Likewise, our Fashion Fellows enjoy unprecedented access to the industry leaders here in the global center for fashion, design and retail management. This interaction will help New York City keep its edge, while providing a competitive advantage to the high-potential individuals who will lead the fashion industry in the future. – Terry Lundgren
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Fern Mallis

President, Fern Mallis LLC

They say if you can make it here in New York, you can make it anywhere. I’m delighted to be a part of NYC Fashion Fellows because it helps make that saying come true for the talented young business leaders in our Fashion Capitol by mentoring, advising and inspiring them. New York will maintain its preeminent position on the global fashion stage thanks to this initiative, which provides the best, brightest and most promising rising stars access to leaders in all aspects of this uniquely creative and dynamic industry. – Fern Mallis
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Kevin Ryan

Kevin Ryan

Founder, Gilt Groupe

Kevin P. Ryan is an American Internet entrepreneur in the United States who has founded several New York-based businesses, including Gilt Groupe, Business Insider, and MongoDB, and helped build DoubleClick from 1996 to 2005, first as president and later as CEO. He fostered DoubleClick’s growth from a 20-person startup to a global leader with over 1,500 employees. Ryan built DoubleClick into a multi-billion dollar global industry leader. Under his direction, DoubleClick was awarded the title of “New York Company of the Year” by Silicon Alley Reporter.

DoubleClick was sold in 2005 for $1.1 billion to Hellman and Friedman LLC, and Ryan stepped down as CEO shortly thereafter. DoubleClick was acquired by Google for $3.1 billion in March 2008. After leaving DoubleClick, Ryan, along with former DoubleClick CTO and co-founder, Dwight Merriman, founded AlleyCorp, a network of three affiliated Internet companies of which he is Chairman and CEO.

Ryan was named one of the “50 Most Influential Business People” by Crain’s New York Business, and was included in Vanity Fair’s 2011 New Establishment List.

Currently, Kevin serves on the board of Human Rights WatchYale University, the NYC Investment Fund and INSEAD, and is a member of the Yale International Council and the Council on Foreign Relations. He holds a B.A. from Yale University and an M.B.A. from INSEAD.

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Andrew Rosen

CEO, Theory

By recognizing and supporting rising stars in fashion management, NYC Fashion Fellows ensures that the City’s fashion industry continues to be served by the best leadership talent in the decades to come, in turn preserving New York City’s position as the fashion capital of the world. I am thrilled and honored to partner with the City and my fellow industry leaders in supporting this initiative.” – Andrew Rosen
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Diane von Furstenberg

Chairman and Founder, Diane von Furstenberg Studio L.P., and President, Council of Fashion Designers of America

Diane von Furstenberg, is a Belgian-born American fashion designer best known for her iconic wrap dress. She initially rose to prominence when she married into the German princely House of Fürstenberg, as the wife of Prince Egon of Fürstenberg. Following their divorce in 1972, she has continued to use his family name, although she is no longer entitled to use the title princess following her divorce and subsequent remarriage in 2001.

She re-launched her fashion company, Diane von Furstenberg (DVF), in 1997, with the reintroduction of her famous wrap dress.[3] The company is now a global luxury lifestyle brand offering four complete collections a year. DVF is available in over 70 countries and 45 free-standing shops worldwide. The company’s headquarters and flagship boutique are located in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District.[4]

In 2005, the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) awarded her the Lifetime Achievement Award[2] and the following year named her as their president, a position she has held since 2006. As of 2014, she is listed as the 68th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes,[5] and her company has 85 stores worldwide.[6]