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Authentic Brands Group appoints ex-Warner Media exec as CFO

Chloe Burney
18 January 2023

Jessica Holscott, a former Warner Media Executive, will succeed Kevin Clarke as CFO of Authentic Brands Group (Authentic) as he steps into a new role as Executive Vice Chairman.

In her new role, Holscott will lead the finance teams at Authentic, the owners of Reebok, Ted Baker and Forever 21. She will be based in the New York City headquarters, reporting directly to Founder, Chairman, and CEO Jamie Salter.

She previously held several leadership roles, including EVP and CFO at HBO, SVP and CFO of GE Asset Management at GE Capital.

Commenting on her new appointment, Holscott said: “I am excited to join the Authentic team and enhance the company’s strategic expansion and growth plans.

"Authentic has a strong market position with significant global opportunities. I look forward to working with Jamie, the executive group, and the finance team in their collective efforts to execute market-specific initiatives and enhance value for all shareholders.”

Salter added: “We are thrilled to welcome Jessica to Authentic… Jessica has a proven track record of driving revenue and profitability at scale with the industry’s most formidable companies. Her financial acumen, strategic mindset and operational experience will be a valuable asset as we continue to grow our portfolio and drive business around the world.”

Jessica succeeds Kevin Clarke, who takes on a new role at Authentic as Executive Vice Chairman. Clarke joined the company after it was founded by Salter in 2010. In his new role, Clarke will work on new acquisitions and strategic business matters.

Salter said: "A devoted and strategic leader, Kevin has been instrumental in the evolution of the Authentic platform, including several transformative acquisitions and private equity partnerships that were made possible by our financial discipline. I look forward to working with Kevin in his new capacity as Executive Vice Chairman."

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