Carol Hochman is currently President of RHH Capital & Consulting. Her consulting business specializes in working with managements in strategizing for new and existing businesses in the retail, apparel and licensing fields. Current projects include: crafting a licensing/merchandising strategy for a fashion and beauty media company, advising a private equity fund on the acquisition of an apparel related company and assisting several entrepreneurs on business strategy and strategic alliances.
Ms. Hochman joined Danskin in 1999 as President and CEO, a position she held for ten years. Carol's challenge when she joined Danskin was to strategize the future for a 125 year old brand and lead it into the twenty-first century as a vital part of the dance and activewear industries. This goal was achieved through the extension of the core businesses into diffusion brands that reached out to other classes of the retail trade. This approach allowed Danskin to sell its intellectual properties in 2007, while maintaining a license to continue operating its core business. At this time the corporate entity changed its name back to the name under which it was founded in 1882, Triumph Apparel, of which Ms. Hochman continued as the President and CEO. In 2009 Triumph Apparel had a successful refinancing and change of control. As CEO of Triumph Brands, Carol took on the temporary assignment to help the new management team develop new business strategies, new retail concepts and review potential acquisitions for the parent company.
Prior to joining Danskin, Ms. Hochman held the position of Group President for Accessories at Liz Claiborne Inc. She co- founded this business as a licensee in 1980, as a division of Kayser-Roth, which was then owned by Gulf and Western. This division was bought by Liz Claiborne in 1986 and Ms Hochman shepherded the growth of this business until 1999 when she left. Upon departure this business covered 8 brands and 9 different classifications of business. For the six years prior to Liz Claiborne Ms. Hochman worked in the International Division of May Department Stores. Her time there was devoted to developing and running their import programs in accessories. During that period she spent a year in Hong Kong as a trouble shooter for the company.
Ms. Hochman serves as Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the American Apparel and Footwear Association, is a member of the Board of the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association, and a founding member of the Accessory Council, the accessory industries major trade association. Carol also serves on the Board of Blyth Inc. (NYSE) a leader in the home décor industry, and in an advisory capacity for Solera Capital, a private equity fund.
Ms. Hochman is a Trustee of the Queens College Foundation-CUNY, of which she is an alumna, and a board member of W.O.M.E.N for America, a mentoring program for young women in business.
She is married to Richard Hochman, chairman of a private investment partnership. They reside in Manhattan with their two sons.