John Jonas, Founder and CEO of The Jonas Group, addresses the 2012 FN Footwear Summit."
John Jonas founded The Jonas Group, a leading retained fashion executive search firm, in 2001.
With 70 percent of its work in high-level footwear and accessories searches, The Jonas Group has made important placements across senior functional areas for many prominent footwear
companies. Mr. Jonas grew up in New York City and received his B.A. from Brown University. His
business education included working for his father, who was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
of the publicly traded, 600-location Lechterâ€™s Housewares. While there, Mr. Jonas gained
experience and knowledge in all functional areas of retail from stores to merchandising,
marketing, eâ€‘commerce, finance, board of directors meetings, and more, which helped him
understand these roles and prepared him to find ideal individuals to fit each clientâ€™s needs.
In addition to supporting The Two Ten Foundation, FFANY, and Soles4Souls, Mr. Jonas has always
been actively and charitably involved with bettering the lives of disadvantaged inner city youth.