Mr. William Sweedler
Mr. William Sweedler is presently Founder, Chairman & CEO of Windsong Brands, a diversified brand development and investment company that specializes in the acquisition, growth, licensing, and comprehensive management of consumer branded intellectual property and businesses. Mr. Sweedler has over 20 years of experience in the consumer sector as an operator and strategic investor. Current portfolio companies and investments include Ellen Tracy, Joe’s Jeans, Field & Stream, Caribbean Joe, Atlantis Weathergear, Carlos Falchi, Sharper Image, Cloudveil, and Design Within Reach.
Prior to founding Windsong Brands, he was president & CEO of JOE BOXER, a wholly owned division of the Iconix Brand Group (NASDAQ: ICON) of which he was Executive Vice President and Director. Iconix owns a diversified portfolio of highly recognized consumer brands that are licensed to leading retailers around the world and represent in excess of ten billion at retail annually.
Prior to Mr. Sweedler joining Iconix Brand Group, he was a founder of Windsong Allegiance Group, a diverse apparel marketer and brand manager. At Windsong Allegiance Group, he recognized an emerging industry trend that brought brands directly in partnership with retailers in the form of direct retail licensing agreements. While CEO, he led the acquisition and restructuring of Joe Boxer, Hathaway Shirt Company, Como Sport, and New Frontier. He was responsible for licensing the JOE BOXER brand to Kmart, now Sears Holding Corporation, and Hathaway to Costco.
Mr. Sweedler also led the merger, re-structure, and sale of the Joe Boxer, Hathaway, and New Frontier divisions of WAG. He has been lauded for his success and has received an award from the M&A Advisor, a critical read for mergers and acquisitions professionals, by awarding JOE BOXER the 2005 Consumer Products Deal of the Year.
He is frequently asked to speak at a variety of industry conferences and is an expert source for the licensing and branding industry. He has served as a director to Iconix Brand Group (NASDAQ: ICON) and Bank of Westport (Nasdaq: BWST), and Talon Corporation (AMEX:TLN). He is currently Chairman of Ellen Tracy, Caribbean Joe, Carlos Falchi, and Cloudveil. Mr. Sweedler is a director and board member at Field & Stream, Skip Barber Racing, and Design Within Reach (OTC: DWR).
He graduated from Babson College with a BS in Finance and Investments and joined Polo Ralph Lauren for four years prior to co-founding the predecessor to Windsong Allegiance Group. Mr. Sweedler is a member of the Young Presidents Organization and donates his time to local charities.