Marla Sabo ’79

  • Marlo Sabo


    Fireman Capital Partners

    Ms. Sabo has worked extensively internationally from the world of luxury retail to private equity advisory and finance.

    She currently serves as partner in Fireman Capital Partners, a private equity firm specializing in middle market consumer product deals. She heads the Investment Committee and is engaged in all aspects of the deal process from sourcing through due diligence and development of business strategies for the portfolio companies. Her most recent and current board memberships include Hudson Clothing, Serena and Lily, and Pilla Eyewear. Since 2006, she is also the founder and CEO of Sabo Strategic Partners, a firm providing advisory work both pre- and post-transaction in the private equity industry.

    Ms. Sabo brings a wealth of operating experience to her career in finance, having served as president of Christian Dior Americas from 2001 to 2006. She was responsible for the strategic growth and brand development during that period, a time where the business quintupled in revenue and became firmly placed as one of the top luxury brands in the world today.

    Prior to her role at Christian Dior, she held various senior executive positions in the industry, including serving as senior vice president at Hermes Americas and vice president and chief merchant for all of the European and American designer areas at Saks Fifth Avenue. Her New York City career began at Bergdorf-Goodman.

    Ms. Sabo completed a Bachelor of Science in French/Secondary Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1979 and also completed continuing studies at the Universite de Paris-Sorbonne in Paris, France.

    Ms. Sabo is active in several not-for-profit organizations. She is a founding board member of the Luxury Education Foundation, which supports interdisciplinary work between Columbia University and Parsons School of Design and sponsors scholarships at each. She is secretary of the board of the New York Landmarks Conservancy, she has served on the board of the Foundation for IUP, and she also raises funding for nationwide research in women’s health issues and cancer.

    Inducted Spring 2012