Marla is a Partner at Fireman Capital and joined the firm in 2009. She is a member of the Firm’s Investment Committee and works as a strategic advisor to the portfolio companies. Additionally, she is actively involved in the sourcing of potential acquisitions and in exit goal and strategy.
Prior to joining FCP and since 2006, Marla was the Founder of Sabo Strategic Partners, a firm providing advisory work both pre- and post- transaction in the private equity industry. Marla brings a wealth of operating experience to her career in finance, having served as President of Christian Dior Americas from 2001-2006. She was responsible for the strategic growth and brand development during that period, a time when the business quintupled in revenue and became firmly placed as one of the top luxury brands in the world today. Prior to her role at Dior she held various senior executive positions in the industry, including the Senior Vice-President position at Hermes Americas reporting to the President, and Vice-President and Chief Merchant for all of the European and American Designer Ready-to-Wear areas at Saks Fifth Avenue. Her New York City career began at Bergdorf-Goodman where she started as a Buyer.
Marla completed a Bachelor of Science in French/Secondary Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1979 and also completed Continuing Masters Studies at the Universite de Paris-Sorbonne in Paris, France in 1984. She currently serves as Chairman of the Board for Skip Hop Inc. as well as serving on the Board of Oskar Blues Brewery Holdings, LLC and Board Member for Newton Running. Previously, she was the Vice-Chairman, Board of Directors at Hudson Clothing, LLC and is active in several not-for-profit organizations. She is a Founder and Board member of the Luxury Education Foundation, which supports interdisciplinary work between Columbia University and Parsons School of Design; she is Secretary of the Board of the New York Landmarks Conservancy; she has served on the Board of the Foundation for IUP, which manages the university endowment investment strategy; and she has raised significant funding for women’s health issues and cancer.