Irving Place Capital, a middle-market private equity firm, has added Michelle Pearlman as senior advisor. She joins from Sears Holding Corp., where she was a senior vice president and president of the jewelry business unit. Previously, Pearlman worked as an executive vice president with Ann Taylor Inc. At Irving Place, she will help the firm’s portfolio companies with consumer marketing, retail operations, merchandising, e-commerce and digital and social media strategies.
Irving Place Capital, a middle-market private equity firm, announced that it has appointed Michelle Pearlman as Senior Advisor. Ms. Pearlman has more than 20 years of experience in senior operational and management consulting roles for leading retail and consumer companies.
Prior to joining Irving Place Capital, Ms. Pearlman was with Sears Holding Corporation, where she was a Senior Vice President and President of the jewelry business unit. Previously, Ms. Pearlman was an Executive Vice President with Ann Taylor, Inc. At Ann Taylor, Ms. Pearlman was responsible for the company’s e-commerce and direct marketing businesses. Prior to Ann Taylor, she was an Associate Principal with McKinsey & Company.
At Irving Place Capital, Ms. Pearlman will work with the firm’s portfolio companies to help them with their consumer marketing, retail operations, merchandising, e-commerce, and digital and social media strategies.
“I am excited to join Irving Place Capital and help IPC’s portfolio companies grow and optimize their businesses,” said Ms. Pearlman. “I am looking forward to serving as a resource to help effect change and foster improvement.”
“Michelle’s great retail mind is a valuable addition to our team,” said John Howard, Chief Executive Officer of Irving Place Capital. “Our portfolio companies and their executive teams will benefit from her deep understanding of retail and consumer businesses and what it takes to succeed as the retail industry continues its transformation driven by the evolution of digital and social media and new opportunities to engage directly with consumers and create loyalty.”
Ms. Pearlman’s expertise complements the operational services and resources that IPC has established to help its portfolio companies drive incremental value in a competitive environment. This includes IPC’s Strategic Services, which consists of a dedicated team of operations professionals that focus on due diligence, sharing best practices, and driving post acquisition value creation across IPC’s portfolio.
Ms. Pearlman holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business and a B.A. degree from Stanford University. She was also named one of Crain’s Chicago Business “40 under 40” in 2009.
About Irving Place Capital
Irving Place Capital invests private equity capital in compelling buyouts, recapitalizations, and growth capital opportunities alongside superior management teams. Irving Place Capital focuses on making control or entrepreneur-driven investments. Since its formation in 1997, Irving Place Capital has been an investor in more than 55 companies and has raised over $4 billion of equity capital, including its current $2.7 billion institutional fund.