Alex and Ani has announced that Cindy DiPietrantonio will now be acting as its president. In her new role, DiPietrantonio will drive the company’s business strategy and lead daily operations. She will report to CEO, founder and chief creative officer Carolyn Rafaelian.
DiPietrantonio joined the company in July 2016 as interim COO. The transition to president was only “natural,” says the company.
“Cindy’s ability to lead and inspire speaks for itself,” says Rafaelian. “As we continue our journey as a global brand, she is helping to position the company for future growth, refining our go to market strategy. We welcome Cindy to the Alex and Ani family with full confidence, and love.”
DiPietrantonio brings more than 30 years of leadership experience to the company, most recently serving as interim president of SHEEX Performance Bed Sheets and Sleepwear from 2014-2016. While at SHEEX, she built an effective, high-performance management team and strategically paired the company with a major retailer, resulting in a sales increase of over 400 per cent.
Prior to her position at SHEEX, DiPietrantonio was COO for The Jones Group, a leading diversified apparel and footwear company housing nationally recognized brands, including Jones New York, Nine West, Anne Klein, Gloria Vanderbilt, Enzo Angiolini and Stuart Weitzman.
In addition to her corporate responsibilities, DiPietrantonio served as a member of GS1, a neutral, not-for-profit, international organization that develops and maintains standards for supply and demand chains across multiple sectors. Additionally, she was a member of the J.H. Baker Retail Center at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. In 2014, she received the GS1 US Apparel and General Merchandise Roger Milliken Achievement Award—the first living female to receive that award. DiPietrantonio is an active member of Fortune’s Most Powerful Women in Business and currently volunteers in several charitable and non-profit programs.
DiPietrantonio will operate out of the Company’s global headquarters in Cranston, Rhode Island.