Matthew E. Rubel

Senior Advisor


Matthew E. Rubel joined PJ SOLOMON as a Senior Advisor in 2018. Mr. Rubel is a renowned retail and brand CEO and influencer, having led many successful global brands and businesses. He currently serves as Executive Chairman of KidKraft.

Most recently, Mr. Rubel served as CEO, President, and Board Member of Varsity Brands, the leader in sport, spirit and achievement products which he strategically focused and integrated, while bringing it to record profits and sales. Previously, Mr. Rubel served as Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of Collective Brands, Inc., (NYSE PSS) which included Payless ShoeSource Inc., and other brands including Sperry Top-sider, Saucony, Stride Rite and Keds.

Prior to Collective Brands, he was Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of Cole Haan LLC from February 1999 to July 2005, where he transformed the company into a global lifestyle brand celebrating American luxury, while more than doubling the business. Before joining Cole Haan, he served as an Executive Vice President of J. Crew Group and Chief Executive Officer of Popular Club Plan.

Early in his career, Mr. Rubel served as President of the Specialty Division of Revlon, managing Revlon Inc.’s prestige cosmetic brands globally and Executive Vice President of Murjani International Ltd., where he was in charge of the Tommy Hilfiger businesses.


Mr. Rubel holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Ohio University and an MBA from University of Miami.

Professional Affiliations

  • Independent Director, Hudson’s Bay Company
  • Independent Director, TreeHouse Foods
  • Lead Independent Director, The Joint Chiropractic

Previous Professional Affiliations

  • Independent Director, SUPERVALU
  • Board Member, ELF Cosmetics
  • Board Member, Furniture Brands