Frédérick (Fred) Mannella

Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Fred Mannella is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of LXRandCo. Along with his wife, Kei Izawa, Mannella co-founded LXRandCo in November 2010. As CEO, Fred is responsible for the overall execution of LXRandCo’s business strategy. In addition to his role as CEO, Fred manages corporate development and retail partner relationships and oversees international expansion as well as the procurement function. Fred’s determination, ambition, and vision for LXRandCo is what has propelled the Company. Under Fred’s fearless leadership, LXRandCo has developed a strong retail network of partnerships and locations across the globe. Fred earned a Bachelor of Commerce in 2008 from Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University Administration in Japan where he majored in finance with a minor in Asia Pacific Business Administration. 

Kei Izawa

Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer

Kei is the Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of LXRandCo, overseeing all key operating functions of the business in North America and internationally including finance, supply chain, logistics, and human resources.  Kei has a deep understanding of the LXRandCo customer, the Company’s value proposition, and is responsible for the articulation and leadership of LXRandCo’s cultural initiatives. Kei is responsible for the Company’s in-store training resources and ensuring the brand guidelines are consistently delivered upon. Prior to founding LXRandCo, Kei worked for Bloomberg Finance in Tokyo. Kei holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Concordia University in Montréal where she graduated in 2008 with a major in physics and a minor in French. 

Jeremy Stepak

Interim Chief Financial Officer

Jeremy Stepak is Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary of Gibraltar Growth and Interim Chief Financial Officer of LXRandCo. As CFO at LXRandCo, Jeremy is responsible for finance, capital markets and investor relations’ functions. Jeremy brings more than a decade of diverse financial, capital markets and financial reporting experience to the LXRandCo team. Before joining Gibraltar & Company as part of the founding team in 2013, Jeremy worked abroad as VP Finance & Development for Global Hospitality Investments (GHI) in Latin America. Prior to joining GHI, Jeremy was a Manager with Deloitte’s Corporate Finance team in Toronto where his focus was on mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and capital raises for private, mid-market companies across a broad range of industries. Jeremy began his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers where he earned his CPA/CA designation. Jeremy holds a Masters of Management and Professional Accounting from the Rotman School at the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Arts from Western University.

Elise Dufour

Senior Advisor

Elise is a Senior Advisor to LXRandCo and is advising on new business acquisition and retail partnerships. As a trusted advisor to LXRandCo, Elise has given invaluable guidance and direction in nurturing the growth of retail relationships since 2015. Prior to joining LXRandCo, Elise began her 28-year career at L’Oréal Canada as Regional and National Sales Manager of Lancôme and the Designer Fragrances Division. Over the years, Elise took on increasingly senior roles as General Manager and Commercial Vice President Luxury Division and Vice President and General Manager L’Oréal Canada, covering brands such as Lancôme, Biotherm, Clarisonic, Giorgio Armani, Ralph Lauren, YSL and Urban Decay. Elise has study Law at the University of Laval, Québec City.

Val Sorbie

Senior Advisor

Val is a Senior Advisor to LXRandCo, responsible for overseeing its strategic growth plans. Val focuses on board, leadership and strategic advisory, bringing over 30 years of experience in strategy and operations. She is a member of several boards including: Harvard Kennedy School Woman’s Leadership Board; Steam Whistle Brewery; Kahuso; Bishop Strachan School, and; Black Business and Professionals Association. Val is currently Managing Director at Gibraltar Ventures and prior to her role there, Val was Chief Administrative Officer, BMO Capital Markets and Senior Vice President, Office of Strategic Management, BMO Financial Group. Prior to BMO, Val’s experience includes Chief Operating Officer of several software companies, both public and private, in the US, UK, Canada and Israel, and she was also a Strategy Consultant at A.T. Kearney’s Strategy and Omega Strategy Partners (UK). Val holds an MBA from the Ivey School of Business, Canada, a Premier Diploma from the University of Grenoble, France and an Honours BA from the University of Western Ontario, Canada, in Anthropology and Biology.

Sam Gebran

Vice-President, Sales

Sam is Vice-President, Sales. Coming from a strong retail background, Sam is responsible for the management of LXRandCo’s retail network. As a charismatic leader to our sales team, Sam oversees the development of business plans for all stores and implements market penetration strategies with retail partners. Sam’s mandate is to ensure that revenue, store productivity and profitability targets are met and to ensure the customer experience goals are achieved and heightened. Sam began his career in retail at Gucci and Dolce & Gabbana within Holt Renfrew in 2007 and then moved to Hermès Canada in 2010. Sam joined the LXRandCo team in 2011 as an Account Manager. During his time with LXRandCo, Sam transitioned into a buying role and was later appointed to the position of Regional Manager in 2014. Sam briefly worked as Area Manager for WANT Les Essentiels in 2015 before returning to LXRandCo as Country Manager. Sam holds a Bachelor of Fashion Merchandising from Université du Québec à Montréal. 

Masami Inamura

Head of Supplier Sourcing

Masami is Head Supplier, Sourcing. Based in Tokyo, Masami oversees a team of 5 employees and is responsible for LXRandCo’s sourcing and supplier relationships, buying schedule and budget as well as training new Buyers and regularly attending auction. Masami joined the LXRandCo Tokyo team in April 2012 and has been an integral part in the development of the sourcing network in Japan. Prior to LXRandCo, Masami worked with the Hokkaido Government where she assisted with organizing the G8 Summit held in Toyako, Japan in 2008. Masami earned a Bachelor of Political Science from Concordia Univeristy in 2007. 

Pierre-Andre (Pete) Vungoc

Chief Technology Officer

Pete is LXRandCo’s Chief Technology Officer where he is responsible for managing LXRandCo’s information technology and infrastructure, information systems, and software development. Pete brings a wealth of Information Technology knowledge and Project Management expertise to the LXRandCo team. With over 8 years of experience in IT, Pete has managed teams of 5 – 120 people. Before his start at LXRandCo, Pete worked as an e-Commerce consultant for a NetSuite solutions provider as well as an IT Project Manager on various projects at McGill University and Pratt & Whitney. Pete earned a Bachelor of Software Engineering in 2008 and a Graduate Diploma in Internet Business in 2011, both from McGill University. 

Charlotte Parnet

Chief Marketing Officer

Charlotte is LXRandCo’s Chief Marketing Officer where she is responsible for branding and general marketing activities as well as LXRandCo’s e-Commerce business. Joining LXRandCo in January 2017 as Director of Marketing, Charlotte’s passion, creativity and experience has made her an asset to LXRandCo’s marketing strategy. Known for her strong management skills and results orientation, Charlotte began her 14-year career at L’Oréal when she moved to Canada in 2004 to join the team in a commercial role that quickly advanced to successive marketing positions for L’Oréal’s various cosmetic brands, with a focus on their Luxury Division’s most important brand, Lancôme.  As Marketing Director of Lancôme, Charlotte was responsible for marketing strategies that encouraged consumer recruitment as well as the development of the brand’s digital strategy. Charlotte earned a Master’s degree in Marketing from EDHEC Business School in 1998.