CEO | Brooks Brothers
Ken Ohashi is a highly-regarded executive with more than 25 years of experience in fashion, consumer products, retail and business development. 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 out of bankruptcy, then transformed and repositioned the company to profitability in less than two years.
Prior to joining Brooks Brothers, Ohashi was 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. Under Ohashi’s leadership, the brand’s international business experienced tremendous growth. In less than five years, Aéropostale expanded into new markets across Asia, Europe, India, the Middle East, North Africa and Latin America, and opened more than 300 stores in 17 countries.
Prior to his role as SVP, Ohashi served as Aéropostale’s Vice President of Investor and Media Relations. In this role, Ohashi managed communications around the company’s $3 billion market cap, as well as relationships with more than 30 equity research analysts, the company’s shareholders and Board of Directors, and the media. Ohashi first joined Aéropostale in 2002 to transition the company from privately held to publicly traded. He played a core role on the team that led the company through its $275 million initial public offering and $175 million secondary offering.
Before joining Aéropostale, Ohashi, who qualified as a Certified Public Accountant, spent four years in Arthur Andersen LLP’s Business Assurance and Advisory Group, where he specialized in audit and consulting to retail, fashion, advertising and pharmaceutical companies.
In 2010, Ohashi was ranked first in Institutional Investor (II) Magazine’s annual Wall Street survey in the Best Investor Relations Officer category, and was named to the publication’s 2010, 2011 and 2012 All- American Executive teams. In 2011, Ohashi was named Best IRO in the mid-cap 400 by Bloomberg and Investor Relations Magazine. In 2015, Ohashi was included as one of 50 Outstanding Asian Americans in Business by the Asian American Business Development Center. In 2022, Ohashi was listed No. 1 in the LGBTQ+ Executive Role Model list presented by Outstanding and supported by Yahoo Finance U.K. In 2023, Ohashi was named to the A100 list by Gold House which recognizes top AAPI leaders who most impacted culture and society.
An advocate for equity and the right to education, Ohashi formed a partnership between Brooks Brothers and Braven, an organization that helps first-generation and underrepresented students gain college readiness skills and land a solid first job. Brooks Brothers participates in study groups, mentoring, and funding new clothing for students. Brooks Brothers also supports GLSEN, an organization that ensures that LGBTQ+ students can learn and grow in a school environment free from bullying and harassment.
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.