Homi B. Patel is retired Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and director of Hartmarx Corporation. After obtaining an MBA from the Graduate School of Business at Columbia University in New York and spending four years at Corbin Ltd. Homi joined Hartmarx Corporation (HMX – NYSE) as Vice President and General Manager for the company’s Fashionaire Division. He held various marketing and divisional positions leading to his appointment as President in 1992, Chief Operating Officer in 1993, Chief Executive Officer in 2002 and Chairman in 2004.
He serves on the Board of Directors of the Amalgamated Life Insurance Company and is a Trustee of the National Retirement Fund. He is a former director of Mrs. Fields Cookies, TCBY yoghurt and Neways Corporation.
Homi serves the larger apparel industry as President of the Clothing Manufacturers Association of America and Chief Labor Negotiator for the industry.
Homi’s other civic activities include serving as a global advisory Board member of Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, a director of the Chicago Botanic Garden, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Lake Forest Hospital . He is a past trustee of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Chicago, the Jane Addams Hull House, the University of South Carolina School of Hospitality, and the Lake Forest Country Day School. Among his various recognitions, Homi has received the Good Scout Award from the Boy Scouts of America, the American Heritage Award from the Anti-Defamation League and was the keynote speaker and recipient of the Delta Pi Epsilon Distinguished Lecturer Award at the National Business Education Association Convention.
Homi lives in Lake Forest, Illinois, with his wife, Anne, and has two sons and a daughter.