Model on runway at Rutgers event

Board of Advisors & Corporate Sponsors

Center for Business of Fashion

Rutgers Business School Business of Fashion Programs were launched in 2015. The programs include an undergraduate concentration, an undergraduate Minor, and a Masters of Science program. This is the first program in the nation to create rigorous business education contextualized for the fashion and beauty industries. Courses were designed with the guidance of established fashion firms. Graduates possess a unique combination of business and fashion industry skills to bring to their employers. The academic programs are differentiated in that rigorous academic business education provided across the various disciplines and is geared towards creating executives.

The Center for Business of Fashion at Rutgers Business School was established in 2016 and is supported by a prominent industry Advisory Board of corporate officers and senior executives from major corporations. It is dedicated to the development of leading-edge strategies and practical solutions to problems encountered by the business community relative to the business of fashion. The Center builds upon the strengths of the Rutgers Business School with world-class research, innovative teaching programs in the business of fashion and the integration of inter-functional business disciplines.

With a distinguished faculty, including world-class scholars, and a talented core of MBA and Undergraduate students, the Center offers extensive research and consulting experience in accounting, finance, management, marketing, and supply chain management. The MS in Business of Fashion Program is geared to serve the needs of corporations, creates a new breed of leaders and is an innovative first mover in this space.


Corporate Sponsors

Charney Associates, LLC logo
pvh logo

Current Board Members

  • Beverly Aisenbrey 

    Retired Executive Compensation Consultant, FW Cook; Rutgers Business School Dean's Advisory Board, Former Trustee of Rutgers University (Executive Board)
  • Tzili Charney

    LH Charney Associates (Executive Board)
  • William Gunn

    Chief Procurement Officer, Consumer Group, Johnson & Johnson (Executive Board)
  • Jim Holmes

    Senior Vice President, Corporate Controller, PVH (Executive Board)
  • Suzanne Humbert

    CEO, Escada Americas 
  • Luca Infantino

    Former CFO, Kiton North America
  • Nili Lotan

    CEO and Head Designer, Nili Lotan
  • Anthony Lupo

    Chair, Arent Fox (Executive Board)
  • Rosemary Mancino 

    President, Meridan Brands (Executive Board)
  • Rich Naranjo

    VP Financial Shared Services, Kering Americas (Executive Board)
  • Eduardo Perez 

    Chief Operating Officer, Saint Laurent Americas
  • Andrea Pini

    CFO, Gucci North America (Executive Board)
  • Tavy Ronen

    Director, Center for Business of Fashion and Director of Business of Fashion Programs and Associate Professor of Finance, Rutgers Business School; Vice-Director, Whitcomb Center for Research and Financial Services (Executive Board)
  • Melissa Stone

    Assistant Corporate Controller, PVH, Advisory Level Board Member
  • Carla Varino

    SVP of Sales & Planning, Kasper Group (Executive Board)
  • Sophie Weitzman

    SVP Strategy, Data & Analytics, PVH Supply Chain (Executive Board)

Global Academic Affiliates

University of Manchester, represented by Elizabeth Barnes, Vice Dean, Faculty of Science and Engineering; Senior Lecturer and Manager of the Design & Fashion Business subject groups at Manchester University, & Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of Fashion Marketing and Management

Environmental Finance Center at Macquarie University, Sidney, Australia, represented by Philomena Leung, Associate Dean and Professor of Accounting and Finance; Corporate Engagement and International Faculty of Business and Economics, and Tom Smith, Head of Department and Professor of Finance; Applied Finance & Actuarial Studies, Faculty of Business and Economics

National Taiwan University, represented by Shu-hsing Li, Executive Vice President for Finance Affairs & Professor of Accounting

Bocconi University MAFED, represented by Emanuela Prandelli, Director, Master in Fashion Experience & Design Management at Bocconi University, & LVMH Professor of Marketing

Jay and Patty Baker School of Business and Technology, Fashion Institute of Technology

Yeshiva University - Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law (FAME Center)

Academic Research Affiliates

Rutgers Business School:

Accounting and Information Systems Research

Dan Palmon, Professor & Department Chair, William J. von Minden Chair

Miklos Vasarhelyi, KPMG Distinguished Professor of Accounting & Information Systems

Finance and Economics

Farrokh Langdana, Professor of Finance and Economics & Director, Executive MBA Program

Tavy Ronen, Associate Professor of Finance and Economics; MSBF Core Faculty Member

Ben Sopranzetti, Professor of Finance and Economics

Supply Chain Management

Arash Azadegan, Associate Professor of Supply Chain Management; Director, MS in SCM; MSBF Core Faculty Member

Kevin Kolben, Associate Professor of Supply Chain Management; MSBF Core Faculty Member

Rudolph Leuchner, Assistant Professor of Supply Chain Management and Curriculum Coordinator of MBA Supply Chain Management

Marketing/Management & Global Business Research Affiliates

Ted Baker, Professor of Management and Global Business & George F. Farris Chair in Entrepreneurship & Director of RAISED (Rutgers Advanced Institute for the Study of Entrepreneurship and Development)

Loubna Erraji-Benchekroun, Executive MBA Faculty; Director of Executive Career Management; MSBF Core Faculty Member

Dimitri Koumbis, Instructor of Marketing; MSBF Core Faculty Member

Arnold Pollack, Instructor of Professional Practice, Marketing; MSBF Core Faculty Member

Domestic External Academic Affiliates

Peter Chan, Professor in Clothing and Textiles Department, FIT

Barbara Kolsun: Director and Professor at FAME Center, Cardozo Law School, Yeshiva University