Church Hill Advisors consult to the retail and wholesale apparel, accessories, cosmetics, and broader consumer goods industries.
Richard T. Krantz, is an accomplished global retail and consumer goods executive with a track record for driving profitable growth. With extensive retail management experience as a senior executive, CEO, strategic corporate advisor and consultant, he is known for his merchandising and operational strengths.
Early in his career, Richard was fast-tracked through increasingly senior roles with Federated Department Stores and Macy’s New York where he became one of the youngest Merchandise Vice-Presidents.
In 1984, recognizing an opportunity in the U.S. retail market, Richard bought the U.S. rights for London’s Warehouse brand and founded one of the first private label vertical fashion retailers in America. As CEO, he achieved several revolutionary retail ‘firsts’ and the chain was one of the highest dollars per square foot performers, carving a unique market niche in the Northeast.
In 2006 Richard joined New York and Co. the billion-dollar retailer as Executive Vice-President of Accessories, and was a member of their executive committee.
In 2007, Richard founded Church Hill Advisors, where he brings an entrepreneur’s perspective as well as his vast corporate experience. Richard helps emerging growth companies position themselves for expansion and investment. He advises retail and consumer companies on strategy often working with the principles of the brands and sometimes as an interim CEO. He also does due diligence for private equity and venture funds.
With over 35 years in the industry, Richard has a multi-layered perspective of the retail landscape from London’s High Street to downtown NYC. With his expertise across most aspects of business operations from marketing and branding to real estate, he brings an extraordinary combination of knowledge and skill to help position companies for success.
Richard graduated Magna Cum Laude from Boston University’s School of Management. He is a mentor and seed panel judge for Columbia Business School’s Lang Entrepreneurship Center.