Operating Partner

Ron Frasch

(917) 412-6156

As an operating partner, my role is to work with our portfolio companies in developing their mid and long-term strategies while also being a mentor and partner to management.

I joined Castanea Partners in 2014 following a career in the fashion space. I spent 10 years at Saks Fifth Avenue starting as Vice Chairman and then the last 8 years as President with responsibility for fashion buying, merchandise planning, store planning, stores, and visual. Prior to Saks, I spent 4 years as President and CEO for Bergdorf Goodman. Before, joining Bergdorf Goodman, I was President of the Americas for an Italian licensing company of luxury fashion brands. I also served as CEO of Escada USA for a couple of years. Earlier in my career, I spent time with Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue in various merchant and store roles.

I have always had a great passion for the fashion industry and creative individuals in particular. Working with Castanea Partners allows me to share my expertise more broadly across our branded consumer companies, while working with a terrific team. The partner companies that I am now involved with are Proenza Schouler and MacKenzie-Childs.

I was raised in the upstate New York city of Glens Falls and now live in the New York City area with my wife and three children.


Proenza Schouler is an award-winning designer and retailer of luxury women’s wear and accessories.

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MacKenzie-Childs is a designer and marketer of luxury home furnishings and personal accessories sold direct-to-consumer through the company’s catalog, website, and company-owned stores, as well as leading home retailers.

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