Shamaila Khan is Director of AB’s Emerging Market Debt strategies, responsible for the management and strategy implementation of all portfolios within the Emerging Market Debt platform. She had shared responsibility for management and oversight of the firm’s hard- and local-currency emerging-market sovereign-debt strategies with Paul DeNoon until 2018, when she was named sole Director, reporting directly to AB’s Co-Heads of Fixed Income, Gershon Distenfeld and Scott DiMaggio. Khan also serves as a member of the Emerging Markets Multi-Asset Portfolio team. Given her involvement managing global credit and equities, she brings an established view of fundamental success factors on both sides of the spectrum. Khan joined AB in 2011 as a senior vice president and portfolio manager, focusing on emerging-market corporate and quasi-sovereign issuers across all of the firm’s Emerging Market Debt and Credit strategies. She has been actively managing and evaluating corporate and sovereign emerging-market debt issuance since 1997, and has participated in a number of emerging-market panels at investment conferences worldwide. Prior to joining AB, Khan served as managing director of emerging-market debt for TIAA-CREF. She is the author of several published papers and blogs, and has appeared in a wide range of global financial publications, including Barron’s, Citywire, Financial Times and Seeking Alpha, among others. Khan is also a trusted guest commentator on financial television programs, and has appeared on Bloomberg TV to discuss headlines affecting emerging markets, from Turkey’s political crisis and Russian sanctions to Venezuela’s economy and geopolitics in developing nations. She holds a BBA from Quaid-i-Azam University, Pakistan, and an MBA (with honors) from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University.
As head and architect of the Corporate Marketing function, Georgia is responsible for further building the Company’s competitive advantage and achieving marketing excellence across its portfolio of more than 30 brands. At the Estée Lauder Companies Georgia is a member of the Executive Leadership Team.
Prior to joining ELC, Georgia was with Johnson and Johnson for 26 years and held various assignments spanning seven countries (USA, Greece, Belguim, France, U.K., Switzerland, Italy), including Global President of Beauty business unit of Johnson & Johnson in Europe, Africa, Middle East. Global has been the creator of the French affiliate of J&J Consumer and architect of J&J’s Beauty business unit– today exceeding 4 billion.
Georgia is an elected member of at the Almirall Pharmaceuticals Board of Directors based in Barcelona, Spain, and previously was at the Bacardi Limited Board of Directors, based in Bermuda. She also serves at the MIT Sloan Executive Board, the Board for The Wharton Future of Advertising Project, the Philadelphia Museum Marketing Initiative, and she is an advisor on the Young Women’s Leadership Foundation (YWLF). Georgia holds a Mechanical Engineering degree with concentration in Nuclear Engineering, and an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management.
Georgia is Greek. She is an avid photographer and amateur painter and lives in New York with her husband Philippe who is French and commutes to Paris, France for his business. They have two children, Alessandro, a Management Consultant and Columbia college graduate who works and lives in Philadelphia, and Laura-India, an Architect and Cornell college graduate who works and lives in New York.
Mr. Rhee is an impact-focused entrepreneur, investor, operator and educator. As both CEO and investment firm founder, Mr. Rhee has generated market-leading returns by creating bespoke capital and operational solutions through the contemporaneous application of algorithmic, technological and cultural change. At Ashley Stewart, as Chairman & CEO & Owner, Mr. Rhee has authored and executed upon an innovative complement of CRM, digital and organizational changes that have transformed a twice bankrupt, unprofitable retailer with decades of operating losses into an industry leader founded upon a values-based, social commerce paradigm. FirePine Group, the investment firm he founded in 2009, invests the capital of some of the world’s most sophisticated investors to fuel transformative and impactful change in multiple enterprises, including Ashley Stewart.
Prior to this, Mr. Rhee was a senior investment professional at two leading, Boston-based private equity firms (growth and distressed), stewarding billions of dollars of enterprise value.
Mr. Rhee is a visiting lecturer at Duke Law School and teaches his proprietary money/happiness class at leading educational institutions and professional organizations. Awards include: regional 2016 E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year Award winner; 2016 NRF Power Player Award; 2017 Black Retail Action Group Business Achievement Award, 2018 Temple Fox School of Business IT Innovator Award; and Essex County Urban League Centennial William M. Ashby Community Builder Award. He is a member of the NRF Board. His story has been chronicled in the world’s leading publications and media outlets, including the Good Business Issue of Bloomberg Businessweek, Harvard Business Review, Boston Globe, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, CNN, ABC, Thrive Global, Forbes + USA Today.
Mr. Rhee received his AB with honors from Harvard College and his JD with honors from Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of Harvard Law Review.