Melanie Kaplan brings both leadership and imagination to her position as chief creative officer at Hanover Direct Inc., a direct marketing services company headquartered in Weehawken, N.J. An expert in merchandising and trends, Ms. Kaplan plays a central role in the company’s overall product creation and design. Supervising the early stages of development, she works closely with merchants and brands.
Ms. Kaplan has more than 25 years of experience in the design and textile industries. Prior to joining the creative team at Hanover Direct in 2008, she served as senior vice president of design for Dan River Inc., a textile manufacturing company.
Ms. Kaplan earned a degree in textile design and the science of fabric from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. She also has a Bachelor of Liberal Arts from the State University of New York at Oneonta. She is active in her professional community through her affiliation with the Interior Furnishings and Design Association.
In her free time, Ms. Kaplan enjoys going to museums, antiquing and relaxing at the beach. As someone who believes in giving back to the community, she volunteers at a local research hospital.