Palladin-backed Aerosoles hires EVP of retail

Footwear maker Aerosoles, which is owned by Palladin Consumer Retail Partners, has named Kevin Mead as executive vice president of retail. Mead is the former SVP and director of stores for The Children’s Place.


EDISON, N.J., July 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Kevin Mead, the former SVP, Director of Stores for The Children’s Place, has joined the Senior team at Aerosoles as Executive Vice President, Retail reporting directly to CEO Jules Schneider. Mead will lead the strategic direction, ongoing expansion and operations of Aerosoles retail and outlet locations.

Aerosoles recently announced the partnership with Palladin Consumer Retail Partners (PCRP). PCRP and the Aerosoles team are developing plans to achieve the next level of growth for the business. Mead has been brought in to spearhead the strategies for the Retail Division.

“Kevin has demonstrated outstanding leadership in retail,” said Jules Schneider, CEO of AEROSOLES®. “He brings deep expertise in creating strategies for an unmatched customer experience in stores and developing growth initiatives to drive business forward.”

At The Children’s Place, Mead was responsible for 1000 stores and over $1.3 billion in annual sales overseeing the planning, development, and execution of sales and service strategies, visual merchandising, operating structure and development of talent.

“I am very excited to join AEROSOLES® and lead the retail team,” said Mead. “AEROSOLES® is such a strong brand, and I look forward to building the team to accelerate the growth of our retail network.”

Prior to the Children’s Place, Mead held Senior Level Store Operating positions at Ralph Lauren, Aura Science, Victoria’s Secret Beauty, Old Navy and Macy’s.

About Aerosoles
Aerosoles is the leading footwear innovator featuring exclusive comfort technologies that offer women a wide range of stylish shoes, boots and sandals for all occasions. AEROSOLES are sold in 30 different countries, 4,000 doors globally and, in the United States, in major retailers, online at and 122 retail and outlet locations. AEROSOLES brands include AEROSOLES, A2, AEROLOGY and What’s What.

About Palladin
Palladin Consumer Retail Partners, is a private equity firm with extensive experience investing in and building leading retail and consumer brands. Founded in 1998, the firm prides itself on working closely with management teams to create value through strategic and operational initiatives. Its principals have previously held CEO and other senior executive roles at several wholesale, retail, and related companies including Arnotts (Ireland), Gordon Brothers, Nine West, Jones, Holt Renfrew, Escada, QVC Networks and Bloomingdale’s. Palladin is investing out of its current fund which was closed in April 2012. Current and former investments include InMotion Entertainment, Nic + Zoe, J. McLaughlin, KT Tape, Things Remembered, Restoration Hardware, Spencer Gifts, Andrew Marc, and Party America.