Officers & Directors

Officers & Directors

Senior Management

Joseph B. Megibow
Chief Executive Officer
Before joining Purple as Chief Executive Officer, Joe Megibow served as Senior Vice President and Chief Digital Officer at American Eagle Outfitters, Inc. where he oversaw the transformation and growth of American Eagle’s $550+ million direct-to-consumer business between 2012 and 2015. In this role, he built out a global omni-channel strategy and infrastructure, and led all digital marketing, customer operations, engineering and product management efforts. Prior to that, Megibow held several senior roles with Expedia, Inc., including VP and General Manager of Expedia.com, the $10B+ US online travel business. Megibow most recently served as an independent consultant to Advent International, the $41 billion global private equity firm, helping its portfolio companies develop world-class digital capabilities. Megibow earned an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University.
Terry V. Pearce
Founder and Co-Director of Research & Development
Terry V. Pearce is a co-founder of Purple and has served as a Manager of Purple since its inception in 2010 as WonderGel, LLC. Prior to founding Purple, Mr. Pearce was a manager of various technology companies owned by Mr. Pearce and his brother Tony Pearce, including EdiZONE, LLC, focused on developing advanced cushioning technology. Mr. Pearce holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Utah. As a co-founder of Purple, Mr. Pearce brings to the Board his extensive knowledge of Purple and its products.
Tony Marion Pearce
Founder and Co-Director of Research & Development
Tony M. Pearce is a co-founder of Purple and has served as a Manager of Purple since its inception in 2010 as WonderGel, LLC. Prior to founding Purple, Mr. Pearce was a manager of various technology companies owned by Mr. Pearce and his brother Terry Pearce, including EdiZONE, LLC, focused on developing advanced cushioning technology. Mr. Pearce holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Brigham Young University and a Master’s of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. As a co-founder of Purple, Mr. Pearce brings to the Board his extensive knowledge of Purple and its products.
Casey K. McGarvey
Chief Legal Officer
Casey K. McGarvey has served as the Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel of Purple since its inception in 2010 as WonderGel, LLC. He also has served as General Counsel of various technology companies owned by Terry and Tony Pearce, including EdiZONE, LLC, focused on developing advanced cushioning technology. Prior to joining Purple and EdiZONE, Mr. McGarvey was a shareholder, partner or of counsel at several law firms. Mr. McGarvey has a Bachelor’s of Arts in political science, a Juris Doctor and an Executive Master’s of Business Administration, each from the University of Utah.
Mark Anderson Watkins
Chief Financial Officer
Mark Watkins has served as Chief Financial Officer since November 2017. Prior to joining Purple, Mr. Watkins served as the Chief Financial Officer at Traeger Grills, a post he held from March 2015 through October 2017. From 2002 through March 2015, he held various positions at Nu Skin Enterprises, Inc. (NYSE: NUS), including Vice President of Sales Operations and Vice President of Finance. Prior to joining Nu Skin, Mr. Watkins worked at the accounting firm of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, where he performed financial statement audits. Mr. Watkins holds a Master’s and a Bachelor’s in Accounting from Brigham Young University.

Board of Directors

Terry V. Pearce
Terry V. Pearce is a co-founder of Purple and has served as a Manager of Purple since its inception in 2010 as WonderGel, LLC. Prior to founding Purple, Mr. Pearce was a manager of various technology companies owned by Mr. Pearce and his brother Tony Pearce, including EdiZONE, LLC, focused on developing advanced cushioning technology. Mr. Pearce holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Utah. As a co-founder of Purple, Mr. Pearce brings to the Board his extensive knowledge of Purple and its products.
Gary T. DiCamillo
Gary T. DiCamillo served as one of GPAC’s directors since GPAC’s initial public offering. Since June 2017, he has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Universal Trailer Corporation, a manufacturer of leading lifestyle and utility trailer brands. Since January 2010, Mr. DiCamillo has been the managing partner of Eaglepoint Advisors, LLC, a privately held advisor to boards and chief executive officers in matters of strategy, organization and the management of business transition issues. Prior to that he was the former president and chief executive officer of Advantage Resourcing (formerly known as RADIA International), a group of privately held technical, professional and commercial staffing companies based in Dedham, Massachusetts, from 2002 until August 2009. Previously, he was chairman and chief executive officer at the Polaroid Corporation from 1996 to 2002. He also has served as president of Worldwide Power Tools and Accessories at Black & Decker Corporation from 1986 to 1996 and before that as vice president/general manager for Culligan U.S.A., a division of Beatrice Corporation. He began his career in brand management at Procter & Gamble Co., followed by several years as a manager at McKinsey & Company. Mr. DiCamillo was elected as a director of Whirlpool Corporation (NYSE:WHR) in 1997 and served as chairman of its audit committee from April 2013 to April 2017. He continues to serve as a director of Whirlpool Corporation. He also served as a board member of The Sheridan Group, Inc., a digital and analog printing company, from May 1989 until February 2017; a board member of Pella Corp., a window and door manufacturer, from 1993 until 2007, then again from May 2010 until the present, where he has chaired the compensation committee since May 2015; a board member of Berkshire Manufactured Products Corp., a manufacturer of aircraft engine parts, from February 2011 to September 2015, where he chaired the audit committee from May 2012 to September 2015; a board member of Universal Trailer Corp., a manufacturer of horse, livestock and cargo trailers for farm, recreational, and commercial markets, since March 2011 and a board member of Select Staffing Corp., a commercial and specialty contract staffing company, from May 2014 to August 2016, where he has chaired the compensation committee. He serves on the boards of trustees at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the Museum of Science in Boston, Spoleto Festival USA and Spoleto Festival, USA and previously served as a board member of the Massachusetts Business Roundtable. Mr. DiCamillo is a graduate of Harvard Business School where he earned an MBA. He also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Mr. DiCamillo is a member of GPAC’s Sponsor. He is well-qualified to serve on our board of directors due to his extensive operational, financial and management background.
Pano Anthos
Pano Anthos served as one of GPAC’s directors since GPAC’s initial public offering. Since August 2015, Mr. Anthos has been the Managing Director of XRC Labs and XRC Fund, a retail and consumer goods technology accelerator based in New York City and co-sponsored by Parsons School of Design and Kurt Salmon. Since October 2011, Mr. Anthos has been a partner of Eaglepoint, running their digital transformation practice. He has over 25 years of technology Chief Executive Officer and founder experience, having built new businesses in B2B and B2C markets across Web, social, mobile and gaming platforms. Since November 2012, Mr. Anthos has also been a co-founder of GatherEducation, a virtual reality classroom platform that recreates the physical classroom online to enable great teachers to teach students on low bandwidth, 3G networks. From September 2010 to October 2011, Mr. Anthos founded and ran Guided Launch, an advisory firm that incubated startups in the media and advertising spaces. From 2007 to August 2010, Mr. Anthos founded Hangout Industries, the first virtual reality gaming platform on Facebook, leveraging real world fashion brands and partners such as Conde Nast, Steve Madden and Paige Denim to generate brand experiences for over its players. From 2003 to 2006, Mr. Anthos founded Pantero, a semantic web integration platform that major telecom and insurance companies use to integrate multiple disparate systems. From 1984 to 2001, Mr. Anthos co-founded and built Clearcross, a global logistics platform to manage cross border shipments for global manufacturers and e-commerce companies in over 20 countries. Mr. Anthos also served on the board of directors of FCA International. Mr. Anthos holds an MIA from Columbia University, was an International Fellow and holds a BA from the University of Delaware. Mr. Anthos is a member of the Sponsor. He is well-qualified to serve on our board of directors due to his extensive operational and management background.
Gary A. Kiedaisch
Gary A. Kiedaisch was appointed to our board of directors immediately following the closing of the Business Combination. Mr. Kiedaisch has over thirty years of experience in managing international consumer products companies specializing in sports and outdoor recreation. He has served as the Executive Chairman of BigMouth Inc. since 2016. Through 2015 and 2016, Mr. Kiedaisch partnered with CID Capital Partners to identify BigMouth, Inc. as an acquisition target and negotiate the transaction. Upon the closing of CID Capital Partners’ acquisition of BigMouth, Inc., Mr. Kiedaisch assumed the role of Executive Chairman. From 2008 to 2014, Mr. Kiedaisch was the Chairman and CEO of Igloo Products Corporation. From 2004 to 2007, Mr. Kiedaisch served as the President and CEO of The Coleman Company, Inc. Earlier in his career, Mr. Kiedaisch also served as the CEO for multiple other consumer products and outdoor recreation companies, including Nike Bauer Hockey, Bolle Eyewear and Stowe Mountain Resort. We believe that Mr. Kiedaisch is well-qualified to serve on our board of directors due to his extensive operational and management background with consumer product companies, as well as his prior experience serving as a director for other consumer products companies.
Claudia Hollingsworth
Claudia Hollingsworth was appointed to our board of directors immediately following the closing of the Business Combination. Ms. Hollingsworth has thirty years of experience in managing manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers of consumer products. Since November 2016, she has served as Chief Executive Officer of i2CEO, a c-level consulting company. From July 2012 to October 2016 she served as Chief Executive Officer of Gump’s San Francisco, a luxury home furnishing apparel and jewelry multi-channel retailer. From May 2011 to June 2012, Ms. Hollingsworth served as Chief Executive Officer of i2CEO. Prior to that, she served as of president of H.D. Buttercup from July 2007 to May 2011 and CEO and president of GBH, Inc. from March 2004 to July 2007. Earlier in her career she held various executive management positions with Michael Anthony Jewelers, M.Z. Berger and OroAmerica.
Adam Gray
Adam Gray was appointed to our board of directors immediately following the closing of the Business Combination. Mr. Gray is a co-founder and managing partner of Coliseum Capital Management, LLC, a private firm that makes long-term investments in both public and private companies, since December 2005. Mr. Gray has served as non-executive Chairman of Redflex Holdings Limited (since February 2014 and as a director since December 2013) and of the Pas Group Limited (since August 2017 and as a director since February 2016), and on the board of directors of New Flyer Industries, Inc. since March 2012. Mr. Gray served on the board of directors of Blue Bird Corporation from February 2015 through September 2017, DEI Holdings, Inc. from February 2009 until its sale in June 2011, and Benihana Inc. from September 2010 until its sale in August 2012. From January 2005 to November 2005, Mr. Gray was a consultant for a private investment firm. From 2003 to 2004, Mr. Gray served as Executive Vice President, Strategic Projects and Capital Management at Burger King Corp, and from 1993 to 2003, held several executive positions with the Metromedia Restaurant Group, comprised of S&A Restaurant Corp. and Metromedia Steakhouses Company, LP, which included the Bennigan’s, Steak & Ale, Ponderosa and Bonanza restaurant concepts. Prior to that time, Mr. Gray served as an Associate at Kluge & Co. and an analyst within Morgan Stanley’s Merchant Banking Group. Mr. Gray holds both a BSE in Finance from the Wharton School of Business and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the School of Engineering & Applied Science at the University of Pennsylvania.
Tony Marion Pearce
Tony M. Pearce is a co-founder of Purple and has served as a Manager of Purple since its inception in 2010 as WonderGel, LLC. Prior to founding Purple, Mr. Pearce was a manager of various technology companies owned by Mr. Pearce and his brother Terry Pearce, including EdiZONE, LLC, focused on developing advanced cushioning technology. Mr. Pearce holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Brigham Young University and a Master’s of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. As a co-founder of Purple, Mr. Pearce brings to the Board his extensive knowledge of Purple and its products.
Joseph B. Megibow
Before joining Purple as Chief Executive Officer, Joe Megibow served as Senior Vice President and Chief Digital Officer at American Eagle Outfitters, Inc. where he oversaw the transformation and growth of American Eagle’s $550+ million direct-to-consumer business between 2012 and 2015. In this role, he built out a global omni-channel strategy and infrastructure, and led all digital marketing, customer operations, engineering and product management efforts. Prior to that, Megibow held several senior roles with Expedia, Inc., including VP and General Manager of Expedia.com, the $10B+ US online travel business. Megibow most recently served as an independent consultant to Advent International, the $41 billion global private equity firm, helping its portfolio companies develop world-class digital capabilities. Megibow earned an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University.