Kevin Diamond Joins PLBY Group as Chief Digital Officer
E-Commerce & Technology Veteran Joins Management Team
LOS ANGELES, Feb. 22, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- PLBY Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: PLBY) (the “Company”), a leading pleasure and leisure lifestyle company and owner of Playboy, one of the most recognizable and iconic brands in the world, today announced the appointment of Kevin Diamond to newly created role of Chief Digital Officer, reporting directly to Ben Kohn, Chief Executive Officer. In his new role, which begins on February 24, 2021, Mr. Diamond will be 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 joins PLBY Group from Forever 21, where he served as the Head of Global E-Commerce, responsible for the company’s more than $700 million global digital commerce business, its product and technology function, and all digital marketing and commerce operations. Previously, Mr. Diamond served as Chief Technology Officer of The Black Tux from September 2015 through February 2018, where he helped the company achieve rapid revenue growth and valuation expansion. Prior to that, Mr. Diamond ran M&A and technology strategy for Nordstrom, and was the CTO for NordstromRack.com. Kevin joined Nordstrom through the acquisition of the company he co-founded, HauteLook. Under Kevin’s leadership, HauteLook and NordstromRack.com achieved over $750M in gross sales annually during his tenure. At HauteLook, Mr. Diamond oversaw the digital commerce business, and its product and technology function.
“Kevin brings a phenomenal track record building superior digital commerce businesses that drive enormous consumer engagement and rapid revenue growth, and we are thrilled to bring him on board to supercharge our global digital commerce and direct-to-consumer ambitions,” said Ben Kohn, CEO of PLBY Group. “Kevin’s unique experience managing global digital commerce operations, developing scalable technology platforms, and generating huge consumer engagement growth perfectly position him to spearhead many of our organic and inorganic growth plans that will drive immediate and long-term shareholder value.”
“I can’t wait to get started as the new Chief Digital Officer role at PLBY Group at such an exciting time for the Company,” said Mr. Diamond. “The opportunity to build upon the Company’s recent rapid digital commerce expansion, and to connect to consumers with one of the world’s most iconic lifestyle brands is enormous and thrilling. In addition, the Company’s massive global reach creates unmatched growth potential. I look forward to working alongside Ben and the exceptional PLBY team.”
On February 11, 2021, the Company began trading on Nasdaq Global Market after completing its business combination with Mountain Crest Acquisition Corp. (“MCAC”), a special purpose acquisition company. Upon completing the merger, Mountain Crest Acquisition Corp changed its name to PLBY Group, Inc. and the Company closed the transaction with more than $100 million in unrestricted cash and a newly flexible cap structure. Playboy’s return to the public markets as PLBY Group presents a transformed, streamlined, and high-growth business, including its iconic brand contracted licensing business, owned-and-operated sexual wellness products available for sale on its owned digital commerce platforms in major retail stores in the US, and a growing variety of clothing and branded lifestyle and digital gaming products, including one of the leading men’s apparel businesses in China. The Company also recently announced the expansion of its direct-to-consumer and retail store reach with a deal to acquire a leading sexual wellness omni-channel retailer. The deal is expected to close in the first quarter of 2021.
About PLBY Group, Inc.
PLBY Group, Inc. (“PLBY Group”) connects consumers around the world with products, services, and experiences to help them look good, feel good, and have fun. PLBY Group serves consumers in four major categories: Sexual Wellness, Style & Apparel, Gaming & Lifestyle, and Beauty & Grooming. PLBY Group’s flagship consumer brand, Playboy, is one of the most recognizable, iconic brands in the world, driving more than $3 billion in global consumer spend annually across 180 countries. Learn more at http://www.plbygroup.com.
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