Mr. James Mitarotonda, also known as Jim, co-founded Barington Capital Group LP in November 1991 and serves as its Chief Executive Officer, President, Principal, and Chairman. Mr. Mitarotonda serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer at Barington Companies Investors LLC and served as Chief Executive Officer at Barington/Hilco Acquisition Corp. from July 24, 2014 until May 1, 2015. He served as the Chief Executive Officer at Costar Technologies, Inc. from January 1, 2004 to December 17, 2004 and its President from May 16, 2006 to December 17, 2004. Mr. Mitarotonda was an Investment Banking Professional of Citigroup Inc. He co-founded Commonwealth Associates in May 1988. He served as Co-Chief Executive Officer and Chairman at JMJ Management Company Inc. From December 1984 to May 1988, he served as a Senior Vice President of Investments at DH Blair & Co. Inc.
He has been an Independent Director of A. Schulman, Inc. since October 2005. He has been an Independent Director of OMNOVA Solutions Inc. since March 19, 2015. He served as the Chairman of Pep Boys - Manny, Moe & Jack from July 2008 to June 2009. Mr. Mitarotonda served as a Director of Ebix, Inc. from January, 2015 to March 25, 2015. He served as a Director of Griffon Corporation from November 2007 to January 31, 2012. He served as a Director of Ameron International Corporation since March 30, 2011. He served as a Director of Costar Technologies, Inc. since September 11, 2003. He served as a Director of Register.com, Inc. since July 2003. He served as a Director of George Foreman Enterprises Inc. until May 19, 2004. Mr. Mitarotonda served as a Director of Sielox, Inc. He served as a Director of Gerber Scientific, Inc. since June 2010. He served as a Director at L Q Corporation, Inc. from September 2002 to October 2006. He served as a Director of The Jones Group Inc. since June 14, 2013.
He serves as a Member of Advisory Board of Prodos Capital Management LLC. He serves as Chairman of Business Advisory Board at Queens College. He is a Member of the Alumni Advisory Council of New York University's Stern School of Business. He is a Director of The Friends of Green Chimneys. Mr. Mitarotonda was a Co-Chairman of Membership of the Gotham Chapter of the Young President's Organization.
He holds an M.B.A. from New York University's Graduate School of Business Administration (now known as the Stern School of Business) and graduated from Queens College with a B.A. degree in Economics.
Mr. Mitarotonda has been a Director of The Eastern Company since 2015 and the Company’s Chairman since 2016.