Leading By Example

With decades of collective industry experience, our leaders help ensure we're always providing the highest quality products and services around.

Our Leadership Team

Crown Crafts’ management and board of directors is composed of seasoned veterans from infant and juvenile products, textiles, luxury brand apparel and finance.

Management

E. Randall Chestnut, Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Chestnut joined Crown Crafts in January 1995 as Vice President, Corporate Development. Since then, he has been an executive of the Company, and in July 2001, he was elected President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board. Mr. Chestnut joined Crown Crafts after serving as president of Beacon Manufacturing Company, North America's largest blanket producer at the time, from 1988 to 1995. During this time, he also served as Vice Chairman of yarn producer Wiscasset Mills Company. Prior to Beacon, he served as President & CEO of Standard Knitting Mills, a vertical knit underwear and t-shirt producer.

Olivia Elliott, Vice President & CFO

Ms. Elliott, a Certified Public Accountant, assumed the role of Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in September 2008 after serving as the Company's Secretary and Treasurer since November 2001. Prior to joining the Company, Ms. Elliott served as Corporate Controller of Amedisys, Inc., a public home healthcare company, from May 1999 to November 2001, and served in various positions at United Companies Financial Corporation, a public lending company, from January 1995 to May 1999. She began her career in public accounting in 1991 with Deloitte & Touche LLP, where she worked for more than three years.

Donna Sheridan, President & Chief Executive Officer, NoJo Baby & Kids, Inc.

Ms. Sheridan most recently served for more than eight years as Senior Vice President of Lambs & Ivy, Inc., a designer and manufacturer of bedding, accessories and gifts for babies.  Prior to that, she served for almost fifteen years in senior leadership roles in merchandising, brand management and sales with The Walt Disney Company. 

Directors

E. Randall Chestnut, Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Chestnut joined Crown Crafts in January 1995 as Vice President, Corporate Development. Since then, he has been an executive of the Company, and in July 2001, he was elected President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board. Mr. Chestnut joined Crown Crafts after serving as president of Beacon Manufacturing Company, North America's largest blanket producer at the time, from 1988 to 1995. During this time, he also served as Vice Chairman of yarn producer Wiscasset Mills Company. Prior to Beacon, he served as President & CEO of Standard Knitting Mills, a vertical knit underwear and t-shirt producer.

Sidney Kirschner, Director

Sidney Kirschner is currently Executive Vice President of Piedmont Healthcare and Chief Philanthropy Officer of the Piedmont Healthcare Foundation. Mr. Kirschner previously served as Head of School at the Alfred & Adele Davis Academy from 2007 to 2010 and as Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of Northside Hospital, Atlanta, Georgia, from 1992 to 2004. From 1987 to 1992, he served as Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President of National Service Industries, Inc., formerly a Fortune 500 company listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Mr. Kirschner has served on the board of directors of numerous community organizations.&; is a member of the board of directors of Superior Uniform Group, Inc., Cleveland Group, Inc, Zyvax Corporation and Beaulieu Group, LLC.

Zenon S. Nie, Director

Zenon S. Nie is Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of the CEO Advisory Board LLC, a management consulting firm he founded in 2000, and since 2001 has also been an operating partner in Tri-Artisan Partners, which merged with Morgan Joseph to form Morgan Joseph TriArtisan LLC in January 2011. From 1993 to 2000, he was Chairman of the Board, President, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer of Simmons Company, a billion-dollar international manufacturer and distributor of mattresses. From 1991 to 1993, he was President of the Consumer Home Fashion division of the Bibb Company, which included the Juvenile Products textile division. Prior to that, he was President of Serta Incorporated and held other senior executive positions at both Serta and Sealy Incorporated over the previous 13 years. Mr. Nie has earned the CERT Certificate in Cybersecurity Oversight for directors from the Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon University and is a National Association of Corporate Directors ("NACD") Leadership Fellow.

Donald Ratajczak, Director

Dr. Donald Ratajczak is a consulting economist and the former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Brainworks Ventures, Inc., an enterprise development company he founded in 2000. He is also Regent’s Professor Emeritus of the Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University. From 1997 to 2000, he was Regent’s Professor of Economics at Georgia State University, having joined the department in 1973 as Associate Professor before becoming Professor, He is also the founder, and from 1973 to 2000 was the Director, of the Economic Forecasting Center at Georgia State University. He was a director of Assurance America until 2015 and of Citizens Bancshares until 2014.

Patricia Stensrud, Director

Patricia Stensrud is the founder of Hudson River Partners LLC, established in 2003, where she serves as principal and managing partner, overseeing private real estate investment and M&A advisory for start-up and acquisition initiatives. She also serves as a Managing Director for Avalon Securities, a boutique investment bank, where she provides operating expertise, market strategy advisory, assessing and managing transaction opportunities, and sourcing capital. From May 2011 through November of 2015, Ms. Stensrud served as President of A&H Worldwide, a leading packaging company with global operations in the United States, China and the United Kingdom. Between December 2005 and December of 2010, through Hudson River Partners, her focus was on M&A activity within the fashion and accessories industry. From January 2005 until November 2005, she worked with Tommy Hilfiger USA where she served as President of the Women's Sportswear Division prior to relocation of the company's headquarters to Amsterdam. Prior to that she was Chief Executive Officer of Victoria + Co, a division of Jones Apparel Group in addition to having held leadership positions with Avon Products and IBM. Ms. Stensrud served as a member of the board of directors of Christopher & Banks Corporation from 2011 through June of 2016, and is Board Chair Emeritus for the Girl Scouts Council of Greater New York. In April 2016, Ms. Stensrud achieved qualification as a credentialed Leadership Fellow with NACD.