Matt Rubel joined the MidOcean Executive Board in June 2018 and currently serves as Chairman. In this role, Mr. Rubel leads the Executive Board’s efforts to provide industry insights to our investment teams and to MidOcean’s portfolio companies.

Matt Rubel is a renowned retail and brand CEO, having led many successful global brands and businesses. Most recently, Rubel served as CEO, President, and Board Member of Varsity Brands, the leader in sport, spirit and achievement products which he strategically focused and integrated, while bringing it to record profits and sales. Previously, Rubel served as Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of Collective Brands, Inc., (NYSE: PSS) which included Payless ShoeSource, Sperry Topsider, Saucony, Stride Rite and Keds. Prior to Collective Brands, he was Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of Cole Haan LLC from February 1999 to July 2005, transforming the company into a global lifestyle brand celebrating American luxury while more than doubling the business. Before Cole Haan, he served as an Executive Vice President of J. Crew Group. Early in his career, he served as President of the Specialty Division of Revlon and Executive Vice President of Murjani International Ltd., where he was in charge of the Tommy Hilfiger businesses.

Mr. Rubel currently serves as Executive Chairman of MidOcean portfolio company KidKraft, is an Independent Director at Hudson’s Bay Company, Tree house Foods and The Joint Chiropractic, and became a Presidential Appointee to the House Advisory Council on Trade Policy Negotiation in 2010, a service he continues to fulfill today. Previously, Mr. Rubel served on the Board of HSNi, the holding company of HSN and Cornerstone Brands, was an Independent Director at SUPERVALU and a Board Member at ELF Cosmetics and Furniture Brands.

  • Ohio University, B.S.
  • University of Miami, M.B.A.

Current and Prior MidOcean Boards

Matt Rubel
Chairman, Executive Board

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