Jeff Branman

Jeff Branman

Managing Director
Hilco Brands

Jeff Branman is a founding member of the Hilco Brands team and has more than 30 years of deal-making, business operations and strategic planning experience.  During his career, Jeff has completed more than $20 billion of merger, acquisition, private equity and venture capital transactions within the retailing, apparel, branded consumer products and internet commerce industries. He has acted both as a principal and as an investment banker.

Prior to joining Hilco, Jeff served as President and founder of Interactive Technology Partners (“ITP”), a private equity and venture capital joint venture of Comcast Corporation, the leading U.S. operator of broadband cable networks, and its subsidiary, QVC, Inc., the leading U.S. television home shopping network.  Jeff invested over $200 million on behalf of ITP, realizing a top quartile internal rate of return.  Portfolio companies included GSI Commerce, Inc. (sold to eBay Inc.). The Knot, Inc. [NASDAQ:KNOT], Scene7, Inc. (sold to Adobe Systems Inc.) and Commerce Technologies, Inc. During this period, he also served as Executive Vice President of Business Development for QVC.

Previously, Jeff was Senior Vice President Corporate Development of Foot Locker, Inc. (formerly Woolworth Corporation), a retailer of athletic footwear and apparel, and Chief Executive Officer of, the Internet and direct marketing subsidiary of Foot Locker.  He is credited with leading the successful restructuring of Woolworth Corporation’s worldwide portfolio of businesses, completing 25 divestitures and four acquisitions in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Australia and Mexico.  He is also credited with building the business from an internal start-up to over $200 million of revenues.

Earlier, Jeff was an investment banker with Financo, Inc., where he served as Partner, and with CS First Boston, where he was head of the Retail Industry Mergers & Acquisitions Group.  Additionally, he served as Vice President of Strategic Planning for The May Department Stores Company and as a strategy consultant with The Boston Consulting Group.