Ben Kohn is responsible for leading PLBY Group’s global growth strategy and execution. He is focused on delivering sustainable, long-term growth and value creation for PLBY Group’s shareholders.
Mr. Kohn joined Playboy as Chief Executive Officer in January 2018, after having served as interim CEO of Playboy from May 2016 to December 2017. Mr. Kohn has served on Playboy’s Board of Directors since March 2011. From 2004 to December 2018, Mr. Kohn served as a Managing Partner at the private equity firm Rizvi Traverse where he led the successful buyouts of major media and entertainment companies, including taking Playboy private in 2011.
Prior to his time at Rizvi Traverse, Mr. Kohn was a Vice President at Angelo, Gordon & Co., where he focused on private equity and special situations. Mr. Kohn started his career at Cowen & Company in the Mergers and Acquisitions group. Mr. Kohn also serves on the Board of Directors for the performance rights organization, SESAC. He received his Bachelor of Science in Management BSM from Tulane University, and his Master of Business Administration from Columbia University.
Rachel Webber oversees the global consumer experience for the Playboy brand and is responsible for driving PLBY Group’s growth strategies through acquisition, incubation, and investment. In addition, Ms. Webber oversees PLBY Group’s global corporate communications, social impact, and public affairs functions. Previously, Ms. Webber served as Executive Vice President of Digital at National Geographic, and held senior positions at Rovio Entertainment, Tumblr, Fox, and News Corporation. Ms. Webber joined Playboy in 2018.
Lance Barton oversees PLBY Group’s global finance, accounting, investor relations and corporate development functions, and is responsible for driving the company’s overall financial strategy. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Barton spent 13 years in M&A at both Match Group and IAC, most recently serving as head of Corporate Development and Investor Relations for Match Group. Previously, he worked in investment banking at Citi and began his career at Cisco Systems.
Jenny Sade is responsible for overseeing the people operations, talent acquisition, professional development and coaching, retention strategies, and office operations across PLBY Group. Ms. Sade also spearheads the company’s diversity, equity, and inclusion practice, and culture and values work. In her work as Chief of Staff for Mr. Kohn, Ms. Sade is responsible for supporting cohesive ways of working across PLBY Group divisions, and communicating Mr. Kohn’s directives across the organization. Prior to joining Playboy, Ms. Sade served as Vice President of Human Resources and Talent Acquisition at RED Interactive Agency. Ms. Sade joined Playboy in 2018.
Chris Riley is responsible for managing all of PLBY Group’s global legal, compliance and government affairs, including corporate governance, securities, transactions, intellectual property, litigation, and HR matters. Previously, Mr. Riley served as General Counsel of Machinima, Inc., General Counsel and Senior Vice President of Ticketmaster, and General Counsel and Vice President of Match.com. He started his legal career at Sidley Austin, and later joined the corporate group at Gibson Dunn. Mr. Riley joined Playboy in 2019.
Kevin Diamond is responsible for expanding PLBY Group’s global digital commerce business, elevating the Company’s global digital experience, and strengthening its technology infrastructure underpinning. Mr. Diamond previously served as the Head of Global E-Commerce for Forever 21, Chief Technology Officer for The Black Tux, he ran M&A and technology strategy for Nordstrom, and was the CTO for NordstromRack.com
Reena Patel is co-leader of the PLBY Group Playboy-branded global consumer products business. With a focus on business operations excellence, partner integration optimization and overall international strategic planning, Dr. Patel is responsible for Playboy’s brand monetization across licensing, digital commerce and services, and third-party retail. Previously, Dr. Patel served as Vice President, Licensing at IGT, and brings with her experience from roles at Merrill Lynch Investment Managers, Scotiabank, and Sun Life Investments. Dr. Patel joined Playboy in 2016.
Jared Dougherty is co-leader of the PLBY Group Playboy-branded global consumer products business. After his previous tenure as a Managing Director at Mackinac Partners, and his experience working on leading global brands across PepsiCo, Mr. Dougherty is responsible for Playboy’s brand monetization leveraging his experience in global brand repositioning, go-to-marketing planning, consumer marketing and retail experience. Mr. Dougherty joined Playboy in 2017.
Board of Directors
Suhail Rizvi is co-founder and Chief Investment Officer of Rizvi Traverse Management, LLC (“Rizvi Traverse”), a private investment firm founded in 2004. Rizvi Traverse has invested over $3 billion in the last 15 years in a portfolio of private companies in the media & entertainment and technology sectors. The portfolio has included investments in International Creative Management (ICM), Summit Entertainment, Playboy, Facebook, Twitter, Square, SESAC, Flipboard, Snapchat, Vessel, SpaceX, Instacart, Planet Labs and RealD. Mr. Rizvi has served on the Board of Directors of Playboy since March 2011. Mr. Rizvi served on the Executive Board of The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania from October 2006 to October 2019 and the Board of Directors of RealD, Inc. from March 2016 to October 2020. Mr. Rizvi earned his undergraduate degree at The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.
Tracey Edmonds has served as Chief Executive Officer & President of Edmonds Entertainment since July 1996, during which time she has produced groundbreaking and award-winning projects for television, film, music, and digital media. In 2019, Ms. Edmonds also founded the lifestyle, health and wellness media brand, AlrightNow.com, for which she currently serves as Editor. From 2014 to 2017, Ms. Edmonds served as the Co-Host of ExtraTV for which she received an Emmy Award, Gracie Award, and Genie Award. Ms. Edmonds has also served as the Co-Chair for the Producers Guild of America’s annual Produced By Conference for the past six years. Previously, she served on the Board of Governors for the Producers Guild of America, the Board of Trustees for the American Film Institute, and the Board of Trustees for The Recording Industry Association of America®. Ms. Edmonds is also a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. She is a graduate of Stanford University and holds an Honorary Doctorate in Business from Southern University.
James Yaffe is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of TA:DA Holdings, LLC (“TA:DA”), an operational holding company that buys and invests in vocational education and coaching businesses. TA:DA’s current active growth equity investments include Freeletics and Karat. Prior to founding TA:DA, Mr. Yaffe was a co-founder and served as Chief Strategy Officer between November 2011 and January 2019 at J2 Global, Inc. (“J2 Global”), a leading Internet information and services company consisting of a portfolio of brands including IGN, Mashable, Humble Bundle, Speedtest, PCMag, RetailMeNot, Everyday Health and What to Expect. Mr. Yaffe currently serves as Senior Advisor to J2 Global’s Chief Financial Officer. In January 2011, Mr. Yaffe co-founded FUEL:M+C (Media+Commerce), which provides growth equity to later stage companies in digital media, commerce and data verticals, including investments in Maker Studios (sold to The Walt Disney Company), Bureau of Trade (sold to eBay Inc.), Vox, Simply Gum, and Morgenstern’s Ice Cream. From 2008 to January 2011, Mr. Yaffe served as a Managing Partner of Windsor Media, an investment firm focused on early stage technology-enabled media companies including Vice, Square, and Scopely. Mr. Yaffe is currently on the board of directors of Backstage, LLC, Welltok, Inc. and is active on the Advisory Board of The Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. Mr. Yaffe holds a Bachelor of Arts in economics, marketing and communications from the University of Michigan.
Dr. Suying Liu served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Mountain Crest Acquisition Corp (“MCAC”) and as a member of MCAC’s Board since the company’s inception in November 2019. During 2020, Dr. Liu also served as the Head of Corporate Strategy of Hudson Capital Inc. (Nasdaq: HUSN) where he led the company’s strategic development for both general operations and specific growth areas. Previously, Dr. Liu served as the Chief Strategist of Mansion Capital LLC, a privately-held real estate investment firm with brokerage and property management operations serving clients from both North America and Asia for their investments in the U.S. real estate market. Prior to joining Mansion Capital, Dr. Liu was an investment strategist at J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. Dr. Liu began his career in academia, teaching a variety of degree programs at Washington University Olin Business School while completing his doctoral studies, for which he received a PhD in finance in May 2015. Dr. Liu obtained a Master of Science in finance and his Bachelor of Arts in economics and mathematics from Washington University in St. Louis.