Flanders was born on December 26, 1956 in Indianapolis, Indiana, United States of America. He attended the University of Colorado, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. He later received a Juris Doctor from Maurer School of Law at Indiana University. He is also a Certified Public Accountant
He is currently chief executive officer of Playboy Enterprises, Incorporated., a role he assumed on July 1, 2009. Macmillan From 1986 to 1998, Flanders was the president of Macmillan Publishers. He joined Macmillan from Quebec Corporation, where he oversaw the sale of the computer book publisher to Macmillan in 1986.
In his subsequent 14 years at Macmillan, he established the firm as the world"s largest computer book publisher and the first publisher of books about the Internet.
The company"s revenues increased from $5 million to $500 million under his leadership. The Macmillan name was acquired by Pearson in 1998.
Telstreet Columbia House Company In 1999, Flanders was hired by Sony and Time Warner Incorporated. to lead the integration of CDNow, an online music retailer, and Columbia House to establish a new public company jointly held by the two CDNow shareholders The merger plans, made public in the fall of 1999, were dissolved in March 2000, with many analysts pointed to the bursting of the dot-com bubble as a factor. After the dissolution of the merger, Flanders transitioned to the role of Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Columbia House Company, where he led the company’s turnaround strategy, making several executive changes and transitioning the company from a print customer acquisition model to one dominated by online.
Flanders also led a leveraged buyout of Columbia House by the Blackstone Group.
Columbia House was later sold to Bertelsmann in a transaction that closed in July 2005. Freedom Communications His prior work with the Columbia House led Blackstone Group to ask Flanders to join Freedom Communications as the president and chief executive officer, where he spent 2006 to 2009. He also served on Freedom Communications" board of directors during this time and as an independent director for five years before joining the company as its president and Chief Executive Officer. Playboy Enterprises Flanders is president of the firm during the transformation of Playboy into a brand management company.
In March 2011, with financing from private equity firm Rizvi Traverse Management and investment bank Jefferies & Company, Playboy Enterprises went private for $6.15 per share.
In the 20-month period between his arrival and the go-private transaction, shareholder earnings increased to $?.??, 2.07 times the stock price at the time of his arrival. President of the board of visitors of the Maurer School of Law at Indiana University.
One of the angel investor in Ooyala in the company’s first round of funding. Board of trustees of the Orange County Museum of Art in Newport Beach, California.
Member American Bar Association (taxation section), Indiana State Bar Association, Indianapolis Bar Association (member executive council section on taxation since 1983), American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Married Linda Ann Southern, July 25, 1986. 3 children.