Ken Ohashi is Chief Executive Officer of Brooks Brothers, the iconic 204-year-old brand with $800M in global sales across 600-plus retail doors worldwide. Ohashi has led Brooks Brothers’ highly publicized acquisition and transformed the company to profitability in less than two years.
Ohashi previously served as President of International and Global Retail for Authentic Brands Group (ABG), leading the brand management, business development and marketing of ABG’s $4 billion portfolio of brands outside the U.S. Additionally, Ohashi oversaw the formation of SPARC Group, a joint venture between ABG and Simon Property Group that supports 4,000-plus retail doors and shop-in-shops, a leading e-commerce platform and $4.7 billion in global retail sales annually. Ohashi previously served as Senior Vice President of International and Global Licensing for Aéropostale, where he oversaw the brand’s business development, merchandising, planning, corporate and store operations.
Ohashi’s work has been recognized by some of the nation’s most prestigious institutions, including Institutional Investor Magazine, Bloomberg, Investor Relations Magazine, the Asian American Business Development Center, and Outstanding, an initiative of Yahoo Finance U.K.
An advocate for equity and the right to education, Ohashi has formed partnerships between Brooks Brothers and Braven, an organization that helps first-generation students gain college readiness skills, GLSEN, an organization that ensures LGBTQ+ students a school environment free from bullying, and Gold House, an organization that elevates Asians and Pacific Islanders to lead and thrive through investment opportunities and promotion. Ohashi is a member of YPO, the worldwide organization for CEOs under 45, and an active member of the group’s LGBTQ+ CEO network. He lives in Brooklyn with his husband, Adam Freed, and their two children.