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David Olsen

Managing Director

Responsibilities

| David joined Highlander in 2019 and leads Highlander’s efforts in sourcing investments in the beauty and personal care industry and plays an integral strategic role in these businesses post-close. He also works closely with Highlander’s existing CPG-oriented businesses in the areas of product development, branding and channel expansion with an emphasis on digital excellence.

Experience

| David has been a leader in the digital retail space for 20 years. Since 2016, and just prior to joining Highlander, he served as the CEO of private equity-backed Cos Bar, where he brought his digital and e-commerce expertise to transition and grow a traditionally brick-and-mortar beauty retailer into an omnichannel business, while remaining true to its luxury DNA. Prior to Cos Bar, he launched the beauty and grooming businesses at Net-A-Porter and Mr. Porter as Global Vice President, growing those businesses by triple digits annually during his tenure. He originally founded and was the CEO of an e-commerce cosmeceutical business, DermTeam, which he later sold to DermStore, where he went on to lead business development, buying, and operations before selling the business to Target in 2012.

Education

| J.D., Cum Laude, University of Miami School of Law
M.B.A. Marketing, University of Miami Business School
B.A. History, University of California, Berkeley

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