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Jamie Karson


Mr. Karson is the former Chairman and CEO of Steve Madden, Ltd., an international leader in the fashion footwear and apparel business. During Mr. Karson's eight year tenure, sales, profits and market capitalization tripled and the company was named "Company of the Year" by Footwear News and one of the 10 best retailers in America by the ICSC. Jamie was listed by HVS as one of the top ten performing CEO's in retail.

Mr. Karson was active in all areas of operations and is an expert in retail store operations, personnel management, and site selection in addition to corporate planning, finance, governance, and strategy.

Mr. Karson has also participated throughout his career with family owned and operated couture mens and womens clothing stores.

In addition to his role at Lightship, Mr. Karson is Special Counsel at the McCarter & English law firm. Mr. Karson also advises various apparel companies and is on the Board of Directors of three private companies.

Mr. Karson received his J.D. degree from New York Law School and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Network of Partners

Every client situation is unique and presents different opportunities.

Lightship has partnerships with a variety of consultants, individual experts, service providers, and technology companies that allows us to provide the optimum skills and services to our clients.

Skills for "how".
Knowledge for "why".
Experience to deliver.

start-up, turnaround, and high growth organizations

Michael Beller

public company Chairman and CEO

Jamieson Karson

turnaround CEO and consultant

Geoffrey Lurie

retail technology strategy & operations

Jeffrey Kish

retail analytics, merchandising, and planning

Alan Barnett

supply chain and inventory management operations

Scott Rabinowitz

Portfolio and Project Management Office (PPMO)

Ned Young


Michael Beller