Matthew Rubel is the former President and CEO of Varsity Brands, where he served from 2016 to 2017. Previously, Mr. Rubel was a senior advisor to leading private equity firms, TPG Capital and TPG Growth as well as Roark Capital until 2016. Mr. Rubel was the Chairman, CEO and President of Collective Brands, Inc. where he served from 2005 to June 2011. Prior to joining Collective Brands, Inc., Mr. Rubel was the Chairman, President and CEO of Cole Haan. He has led multiple other retail and trend related consumer brands globally.
He currently serves as Executive Chairman of the board of directors at KidKraft, Inc. and as the Lead Independent Director of The Joint Corporation. Mr. Rubel also serves on the board of directors of TreeHouse Foods, Inc. and as a Presidential Appointee to the White House Advisory Council on Trade Policy Negotiation. In the area of Digital Technology, Mr Rubel is a Senior Advisor to Retail Next, Celect and First Insight. Mr. Rubel is active in several industry and civic organizations, including the Jay H. Baker Initiative at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, the Young Presidents’ Organization, the American Ballet Theatre and President’s Council at the University of Miami as well as the Board of the University of Miami Business School.
Mr. Rubel graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Ohio University and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Miami.