We are a unified team that has joined together because we love the thrill of building world-class brands
Based in Chicago, New York and London, Ancora knows how to support leaders. Our principals, Lori Perella Krebs and Nicky Kinnaird, have decades of developmental experience within the beauty industry. Ancora’s financial partner, Winona Capital, is a seasoned private equity investor with a strong track record of building brands through sound decision-making and operational excellence.
We are here because we love the passion of the entrepreneur. The excitement of building something that changes the game. And the thrill of success. This is Ancora. This is what brought us together.
Lori Perella Krebs
Lori Perella Krebs is an accomplished and well-rounded international executive with three decades of consumer product experience. She has built her career working with a wide variety of companies, from public and privately held to family-owned and personality brands.
Lori’s experience in international business development has given her an entrepreneurial demeanor that she has leveraged to build world-class brands.
Lori’s career encompasses both fashion and beauty and her expertise spans branding, investor relations, finance and strategic planning, and operations oversight that includes product development, sales and marketing, supply chain and retailer presentation guidance.
She has served on numerous private-equity-backed boards within beauty as well. With Lori’s breadth of experience and enthusiasm for clean beauty and wellness, Ancora’s platform is perfectly suited for her to help young brands in the fast-growing segment reach their full potential.
Nicky Kinnaird is renowned as a visionary entrepreneur and beauty guru. Her reputation began in the early ‘90s with her London-based Space NK apothecary. Rapidly establishing itself as one of the most iconic sources of the world’s best beauty brands, Space NK has grown to nearly 100 locations in the UK and North America.
Nicky enjoys an impressive track record of identifying upcoming retail and consumer trends specializing in nurturing innovation and creative talent.
Nicky has received extraordinary industry recognition for her achievements, including an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) for Services to the Cosmetic Industry.
After 21 years, Nicky left Space NK to establish her own brand and retail consultancy that focuses on beauty, well-being and lifestyle. Ancora is the next chapter, bringing her brand engagement to an entirely new level.
VICE PRESIDENT OF BRAND DEVELOPMENT
Tonya brings a passion for business, collaborative brand building and the client experience to the Ancora team. Her business instincts, creativity and clarity of vision have helped to support the rapid and continuous growth of many brands within the cosmetic industry both domestically and internationally.
Tonya leads our overall brand growth strategies and retail initiatives, ensuring the success and development of our brand portfolio through innovation, the client experience and education.
Tonya's work in directing and developing our highly trained field team is designed for performance, helping to communicate clear, concise brand messaging in fun, engaging formats.
Tonya is an avid music fan with an impressive collection of vinyl records, including full operas. She loves entertaining, designing gardens, traveling, going to beaches, and dancing.
VICE PRESIDENT OF OPERATIONS
Matt comes to Ancora with knowledge and expertise in the Cosmetics & Personal Care space gained from 20+ years working in the Beauty industry.
His experience building and leading teams with top-performing organizations can be seen in successful product development, supply chain management and efficient delivery of product launches in many areas of retail distribution.
From Founder Organizations to Global Industry Leaders, Matt has worked with brands and suppliers who influence and push the boundaries of the constantly changing Cosmetics Marketplace. His ability to develop strong partnerships, plan for the future and creatively solve all manner of challenges is an asset to Ancora and the growing brands it touches.
A Red Sox fan living in New York (not easy), Matt has garnered a few favorites from travels to New Mexico, including Davisadero Peak and Williams Lake hikes and Christmas chiles.
NATIONAL DIRECTOR OF FIELD SALES
Jamie adds a dynamic element of expertise to Ancora. He has spent his entire career in the luxury cosmetics industry and has a balanced background both on the front line and behind the scenes driving teams and brands to success. Jamie brings extensive experience in Specialty Retail, Department Stores and Professional channels. He is a proven sales and education leader who takes a balanced approach to motivating teams to exceed expectations.
Jamie has a passion for cultivating a driven field culture and takes an individualized approach to talent nurturing. An advocate of the independent, innovative thinker Jamie leverages this spirit to deliver exceptional brand results and field team performance.
Jamie enjoys the outdoors - he is an avid gardener and kayaks regularly. When he is not traveling the country, he values spending time with his many nieces and nephews.
GLOBAL ALLIANCES, SENIOR MANAGER
Anna Imbierowicz is a determined newcomer to the beauty industry, but is no stranger to promoting brands on an international level. Prior to joining Ancora, Anna worked in a variety of industries, including building brand awareness in Southeast Asia. She brings this knowledge to aid Ancora’s global efforts
Anna is enthusiastically dedicated to Ancora’s brands and is committed to supporting them as they grow.
A caffeine connoisseur, Anna meets everything in life with high energy - she’s a Colorado girl at heart and gets her healthy dose of the outdoors through running, hiking, and skiing.
MANAGER, SUPPLY CHAIN OPERATIONS
Nicole Palmieri is a rising professional in the cosmetics and personal care industry. Prior to Ancora, Nicole worked in many facets of the industry where she gained experience in quality, regulatory, and manufacturing.
Nicole holds both a bachelor's and a master's degree in chemical engineering from Manhattan College, with a focus in cosmetics and personal care. Passionate about quality products and a positive brand message, Ancora was a natural fit. Outside of the office, she is a devoted yogi and newly certified instructor. Nicole also loves cooking for friends and family, especially healthy alternatives.
DIRECTOR OF FINANCE
Ashley Baron is an accomplished accountant and financial analyst who comes to Ancora with 15 years of professional experience. She has a passion for leading and developing teams, as well as helping businesses and individuals grow. Although she is new to the beauty industry, Ashley has spent her career working in fast-paced startup environments. She is excited to collaborate with strong brand leaders and be part of their growth with Ancora.
Outside of the office, you can find Ashley outdoors. She is a former Division 1 soccer player and loves to be active. Ashley also enjoys trying new restaurants in Chicago, traveling, going to concerts, and spending time with friends and family.
OPERATIONS/SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGER
Bebe has over 15 years of experience in Purchasing and Operations in the cosmetics and skincare industry. She works well in an entrepreneurial environment and enjoys being a part of the process from product development to launch. Besides her talent for creating productive partnerships with suppliers, she is skilled in identifying ways to reduce cost while increasing service quality.
Bebe loves being outdoors and is lucky to live in an area where there are lots of parks and trails and different outdoor activities, so she takes advantage of that as much as possible. She also enjoys cooking and hosting dinner parties for friends and family.