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Beauty Brands recruits Palladin Capital’s Lerner for CEO post

Beauty Brands LLC, a provider of salon and retail beauty products, has named Caryn Lerner as CEO. Lyn Kirby, the company’s current chairman and CEO, will remain chairman of the board. Previously, Lerner worked at Palladin Capital Group where she served as an operating partner.


Kansas City, MO – February 16, 2017 – Beauty Brands, LLC announced today that it has named Caryn Lerner Chief Executive Officer. Current Chairman and CEO, Lyn Kirby, will remain Chairman of the Board.

Lerner has almost four decades of retail experience. Prior to joining Beauty Brands, she was an Operating Partner at Palladin Capital Group, LLC, where she sourced investment opportunities for the luxury, retail and consumer product categories. Previously, Lerner served as President and CEO of Holt Renfrew, LTD, and President and Chief Marketing Officer of Escada, U.S.A.

“We are thrilled to have Caryn lead the Beauty Brands team going forward,” said Hadley Mullin, a member of the Beauty Brands Board. “She is an accomplished retail executive who is 100% dedicated to an excellent customer experience. Caryn is also a proven leader with a track record of turning that customer focus into significant top and bottom line growth. Her strategic thinking and strong business acumen will further strengthen the Beauty Brands platform.”

Lerner commented, “I am honored by the opportunity to be a part of such an incredible and growing organization. Beauty Brands is in a very strong position right now, with a loyal customer base, talented team, and high-quality offering including a wide selection of beauty products from famous brands to indie labels, together with highly attractive salon and spa services. I look forward to leveraging those advantages to bring the Company into its next phase of growth.”

Kirby said, “This management transition to a CEO resident in Kansas City has been our ambition since the time of our initial investment in Beauty Brands, and I am delighted that, in Caryn, we have found an experienced CEO who can lead the Company through its growth phase.”

Mullin added, “Lyn has brought key leadership and vision to the Company in its early phase, and we are very happy that she will continue in her role as Chairman and a key investor in Beauty Brands.”

Caryn Lerner Biography
Caryn Lerner has almost forty years of retail experience, including as a consultant and a company executive. Since 2013, she served as an Operating Partner at Palladin Capital Group, LLC, where she sourced investment opportunities for the luxury, retail and consumer product categories. She was also responsible for the due diligence and company assessment processes, including business strategy, financial reporting and planning, management, operations, marketing, human resources, and merchandising. Prior to Palladin Capital, she served as a Senior Retail Advisor for Boston Consulting Group since 2012, providing retail luxury brand opinion and expertise for strategic research and analysis projects.

Between 2011 and 2012, Lerner served as President and CEO of Daffy’s. The first CEO outside of the founding family in the 50-year history of the company, she reset the vision and strategy for the company. From 2004 to 2010, she served as President and CEO of Holt Renfrew, LTD, growing revenue significantly and establishing the company as an employer of choice in the city of Toronto. Between 1998 and 2003, Lerner was President and CMO of Escada, U.S.A., following two years as the Division President of Escada Sport. In addition, Lerner previously held positions with QVC Networks, Jones New York, Barney’s and Bloomingdale’s. Lerner graduated from NYU with a B.F.A. in Theatre.

About Beauty Brands
Beauty Brands is your one-stop-shop for anything and everything beauty, with a focus on quality and value. Beauty Brands offers thousands of salon- and prestige-brand retail products with the convenience of a full service spa and salon, all under one roof. Knowledgeable Associates and Salon & Spa Professionals are always available to help each customer find the tools and products they need to look and feel fabulous from head to toe. Customers can also shop online for all their beauty needs at