Howard Kahn, Executive Chairman
Howard Kahn took the helm of Kahn Lucas in 2000 – the fourth generation family leader of the company – and quickly guided the 127-year-old organization through a complete transformation of its supply chain and production capacities. He also conceived and oversaw the launch of the company’s first direct to consumer brand, Dollie & Me in 2008. In 2012 Howard led the company in its strategic acquisition of the historic Madame Alexander Doll Company.
Prior to Kahn Lucas, Howard started his career at Wal*Mart Stores in 1991. He began as a member of the Store Manager Training Program at Store 1352 in Wallace, NC and then in Information Technology designing decision support systems in Bentonville, AR. Howard holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania.
An active philanthropist, Howard is the creator of Patterns for Progress, a joint initiative in Africa with C.A.R.E. He is a member of the Academy at the University of Pennsylvania, YPO (Young Presidents Association), a Board member of the Jay H. Baker Retailing Center at the Wharton School, a General Board and Audit Committee member of the Toy Industry Association, an Executive Committee Board member of K.I.D.S. (Kids in Distressed Situations)/Fashion Delivers, a scholarship provider at the Fashion Institute of Technology and an active donor to The Child Life Center at Mt. Sinai Hospital.
Dor Sela, CEO
Dor Sela joined Kahn Lucas in February 2015 with the mission of bringing the voice of the customer to the forefront of the company’s focus. He is a seasoned marketer with an unrelenting passion for consumer insight and understanding.
Dor is the former head the global consumer marketing operations for MasterCard. Dor started his professional career while founding a company during his B.A studies in Tel-Aviv University. He later sold the company and joined P&G in the brand management function. Worked for almost a decade in P&G in various global marketing and managerial positions across 3 continents. He moved in 2004 to Reckitt Benckiser to turnaround the Near East business as a GM. In 2010, Dor moved to Paris, France to become a member of the executive committee of Carrefour – the world 2nd largest retailer. In Carrefour he managed the multibillion Euro Global Own label and helped transition the company form a purely buying focused operation to a consumer goods one.
Jamie Cygielman, General Manager / EVP, Madame Alexander Doll Company
Jamie Cygielman was named the General Manager and EVP of Madame Alexander Doll Company, LLC., in May 2015. Currently, Jamie is leading the 93 year old heritage brand through a 2016 relaunch phase, working to refine their product portfolio across the Collector, Play, and Baby categories, with attention to quality and cultural relevance. Among her signature accomplishments, she has successfully launched a new exclusive Middleton Baby Doll line with Toys “R” Us and will soon be launching a new line of play dolls based on a popular online content platform.
For the past 25 years, Jamie has led, developed, and grown global businesses across the Fashion, Beauty, Entertainment and Toy categories. Working on iconic brands such as Barbie, Revlon, The Radio City Rockettes, and Jones New York, she became a proven leader with a diverse perspective, understanding customer insights and experienced in developing effective content and communication platforms.
Jamie holds an MBA from NYU Stern School of Business and a BA from The University of Michigan.