RAFF Beryl
RAFF Beryl


Director at Academy Sports and Outdoors

Organization: Academy Sports and Outdoors

Profession: Director



Beryl B. Raff has served as a member of the board of directors of Academy Sports and Outdoors, Inc. since May 2021.


Ms. Raff has been the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Helzberg Diamonds, a wholly owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., since 2009. Before joining Helzberg Diamonds, from 2001 to 2009, Ms. Raff held senior merchandising positions with J.C. Penney Company, Inc. (“JC Penney”), most recently as Executive Vice President and General Merchandise Manager, where she was responsible for the day to day operation of the fine jewelry business and served on its Executive Board, which determined strategic direction and initiatives for JC Penney.

Prior to JC Penney, Ms. Raff also was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at Zale Corporation and held senior merchant positions at R. H. Macy & Company. Currently, Ms. Raff serves on the Board of Directors of Helen of Troy, Ltd., including on its Audit Committee and formerly on its Compensation Committee, and on the Board of Directors of Larry H. Miller Company, including on its Governance and Compensation Committees.

Previously, Ms. Raff spent seven years on the Board of Directors of The Michaels Companies, Inc., including on its Audit and Compensation Committees, eight years on the Board of Directors of Group 1 Automotive, Inc., including on its Compensation Committee and as chair of its Governance & Nominating Committee, and ten years on the Board of Directors of Jo-Ann’s Stores, Inc., including on its Audit and Governance Committees and as chair of its Compensation Committee.


Ms. Raff received her Bachelors of Business Administration from Boston University and her Masters of Business Administration from Drexel University.

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