Erica Berthou is a senior partner with Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Born in Sweden, she is a dual Swedish - American citizen and a graduate of Stockholm University, King's College London and New York University School of Law. Erica is widely recognized as one of the country’s leading attorneys in the field of private investment fund formation, and represents many premier global alternative asset management firms, including Blackstone Alternative Asset Management, The Carlyle Group, EQT Partners and Oaktree Capital Management. Most recently, Erica was selected as a “2018 Distinguished Leader” by the New York Law Journal—Erica was the only fund formation attorney to be so recognized. A competitive cyclist, Erica is also a member of the board of directors of USA Cycling Foundation. Erica lives in New York City with her husband and their two sons.
As head and architect of the Corporate Marketing function, Georgia is responsible for further building the Company’s competitive advantage and achieving marketing excellence across its portfolio of more than 30 brands. At the Estée Lauder Companies Georgia is a member of the Executive Leadership Team.
Prior to joining ELC, Georgia was with Johnson and Johnson for 26 years and held various assignments spanning seven countries (USA, Greece, Belguim, France, U.K., Switzerland, Italy), including Global President of Beauty business unit of Johnson & Johnson in Europe, Africa, Middle East. Georgia has been the creator of the French affiliate of J&J Consumer and architect of J&J’s Beauty business unit– today exceeding 4 billion.
Georgia is an elected member of at the Almirall Pharmaceuticals Board of Directors based in Barcelona, Spain, and previously was at the Bacardi Limited Board of Directors, based in Bermuda. She also serves at the MIT Sloan Executive Board, the Board for The Wharton Future of Advertising Project, the Philadelphia Museum Marketing Initiative, and she is an advisor on the Young Women’s Leadership Foundation (YWLF). Georgia holds a Mechanical Engineering degree with concentration in Nuclear Engineering, and an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management, where she was a Fulbright grantee.
Georgia is Greek. She is an avid photographer and amateur painter and lives in New York with her husband Philippe who is French and commutes to Paris, France for his business. They have two children, Alessandro, a Management Consultant and Columbia college graduate who works and lives in Philadelphia, and Laura-India, an Architect and Cornell college graduate who works and lives in New York.
Mr. Rhee is an impact-focused entrepreneur, investor, operator and educator. As both CEO and investment firm founder, Mr. Rhee has generated market-leading returns by creating bespoke capital and operational solutions through the contemporaneous application of algorithmic, technological and cultural change. At Ashley Stewart, as Chairman & CEO & Owner, Mr. Rhee has authored and executed upon an innovative complement of CRM, digital and organizational changes that have transformed a twice bankrupt, unprofitable retailer with decades of operating losses into an industry leader founded upon a values-based, social commerce paradigm. FirePine Group, the investment firm he founded in 2009, invests the capital of some of the world’s most sophisticated investors to fuel transformative and impactful change in multiple enterprises, including Ashley Stewart.
Prior to this, Mr. Rhee was a senior investment professional at two leading, Boston-based private equity firms (growth and distressed), stewarding billions of dollars of enterprise value.
Mr. Rhee is a visiting lecturer at Duke Law School and teaches his proprietary money/happiness class at leading educational institutions and professional organizations. Awards include: regional 2016 E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year Award winner; 2016 NRF Power Player Award; 2017 Black Retail Action Group Business Achievement Award, 2018 Temple Fox School of Business IT Innovator Award; and Essex County Urban League Centennial William M. Ashby Community Builder Award. He is a member of the NRF Board. His story has been chronicled in the world’s leading publications and media outlets, including the Good Business Issue of Bloomberg Businessweek, Harvard Business Review, Boston Globe, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, CNN, ABC, Thrive Global, Forbes + USA Today.
Mr. Rhee received his AB with honors from Harvard College and his JD with honors from Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of Harvard Law Review.