Ben Kohn Chief Executive Officer
Ben Kohn is the CEO of Playboy Enterprises, Inc. as well as a Managing Partner of Rizvi Traverse, who owns a majority stake in Playboy. At Rizvi Traverse Mr. Kohn manages the firm’s Los Angeles office, is a member of the investment committee and serves on the boards of directors of the portfolio companies Key Air, SESAC and Playboy Enterprises.
Previously Mr. Kohn was at Angelo, Gordon & Co., an alternative money manager, where he focused on private equity and special situations and prior to that, in the Mergers and Acquisition group at Cowen & Company. Mr. Kohn has previously sat on the Boards of Directors of companies in a diverse array of industries including International Creative Management and Summit Entertainment. Mr. Kohn also serves on the Board at The Children’s Institute, Inc., a Los Angeles-based non-profit focused on providing opportunity for inner city youth.
Mr. Kohn is a graduate of the A.B. Freeman School of Tulane University and received an MBA from Columbia University Business School.
David Israel Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer
David Israel is the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer of Playboy Enterprises. He oversees the company’s strategic planning, corporate and business development and financial operations. Additionally, he will continue to oversee many of the company’s outside licensing agreements and partnerships. Prior to joining Playboy, Mr. Israel was the Chairman, CEO and founding partner of Procysive Corporation, an online intelligence and competitor/opposition research start-up. Prior to Procysive, Israel was CEO, International for Reed Business Information where he oversaw the company’s developing publishing and data businesses in France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Scandinavia, Australia and Asia. Previously, Israel has served as CEO, Classified Ventures and as President of Macmillan Computer Publishing. He earned his M.B.A. and B.B.A. degrees from James Madison University.
Rachel Sagan Executive Vice President, Business Affairs and General Counsel
Rachel Sagan is Executive Vice President of Business Affairs and General Counsel for Playboy Enterprises. Sagan facilitates the business development and manages the legal affairs for Playboy’s brand portfolio. Prior to joining Playboy in 2011, Sagan was Vice President and General Counsel of Freedom Communications. Before that, Sagan practiced law at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and Hancock, Rothert & Bunshoft. She earned her law degree from University of Michigan Law School and her B.A. from Duke University.
Kendice Briggs Senior Vice President, Human Resources
Kendice Briggs is Senior Vice President of Human Resources for Playboy Enterprises. Briggs is responsible for the company’s organizational development and design, as well as compensation, benefits, recruitment and other administrative functions. Prior to joining Playboy in 2010, she held similar human resources roles at Westfield Corp. and US Bank. She began her career at Imperial Thrift & Loan Association and PWC. Briggs holds a B.S. in Psychology from the University of California.
Cooper Hefner Chief Creative Officer
Cooper Hefner is the Chief Creative Officer of Playboy Enterprises. In addition to overseeing all of the company’s creative divisions, including print and digital content and events, Mr. Hefner works alongside the advertising and licensing teams to ensure a cohesiveness across every channel of the Playboy brand. Mr. Hefner is only the second executive to hold the title of Chief Creative Officer of Playboy, which was formerly held by his father, company founder Hugh M. Hefner.
Cooper Hefner literally grew up with the brand. Spending his childhood at the Playboy Mansion, Mr. Hefner was at his father’s side, watching him develop and execute Playboy’s creative and brand strategy across the global enterprise. After four years learning the ins and outs of the Playboy business as an observer on the company’s Board of Directors and as a key ambassador for the brand, Mr. Hefner departed Playboy to launch the media start up, HOP (Hefner Operations & Productions), which created original video and editorial content and brand events for Millennial and Gen-Y consumers. Mr. Hefner oversaw all elements of the business, acting as both the CEO and CCO. Six months after the company’s launch, Playboy Enterprises acquired HOP, paving the way for Mr. Hefner’s return to Playboy to oversee and implement the company’s creative strategy.
In addition to his work with Playboy, Mr. Hefner participates in a number of philanthropic initiatives. He sits on the Board of Trustees for the Ojai Valley School, a non-profit organization widely considered to be one of the top private schools in the nation. He is also a board member of Children of the Night, a non-profit dedicated to protecting human trafficking victims that are minors, and the Hugh M. Hefner Foundation. Additionally, he is an active member of the California State Military Reserve.
He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Chapman University.
Jared Dougherty Chief Marketing Officer
As the Chief Marketing Officer for Playboy Enterprises, Mr. Dougherty oversees marketing functions across the company’s diverse global businesses. He previously ran his own consulting business where he provided guidance for several private equity firms who had interests in the restaurant and hospitality business. A Playboy alum, he spent six years previously with the company, holding the title of Senior Vice President of Global Brand Management, where he oversaw the day-to-day operations of the company’s licensing and location based entertainment businesses. Prior to Playboy, Dougherty was on the marketing teams that helped shape turnaround strategies for such iconic brands as Levi’s and ABSOLUT vodka. He also served in a leadership position at PepsiCo, where he played an integral role in the relaunch of the Doritos brand.
Reena Patel Chief Commercial Officer
As Chief Commercial Officer for Playboy Enterprises, Reena oversees Playboy’s global licensing, international publishing (print, digital and mobile) and ecommerce business operations. In addition to her seven-year tenure at Playboy, Reena has served in key leadership roles at companies such as International Game Technology and Merrill Lynch Investment Managers. She currently serves on the board of Healthright 360. Reena graduated with a BSc in Basic Medical Sciences from University of Toronto, a MBA from Plymouth University and is a current PhD candidate with the International School of Management.