Susan Hart leads Spencer Stuart’s global Retail, Apparel & Luxury Goods Practice and is a core member of the North American Board and CEO practices. She specializes in the recruitment of CEOs and board directors for retail and consumer companies, as well as top functional executives in the retail sector. In her 29 years at Spencer Stuart, Susan has completed more than 650 executive and board searches globally for a wide range of fashion and luxury, mass retail and specialty lifestyle brands. > Susan has led CEO searches and CEO succession projects for mature, high-growth and turnaround retailers. In addition to her client responsibilities, Susan spent six years on the firm’s global management committee, responsible for worldwide training and professional development. Prior to joining Spencer Stuart, Susan was director of staff selection for the Western region of Booz Allen Hamilton, the international management consulting firm. She began her career with a major women’s apparel manufacturing company. Susan earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration from Fairleigh Dickinson University.
Luke Chatelain currently serves as the VP of Innovation at West Elm, helping to create digital strategy and disseminate solutions for business, ecommerce and mobile in an effort to successfully move the brand forward. He joined West Elm in 2016 and has over 10 years of solid and measurable experience in product development, digital marketing, market research, competitive analysis and building online communities for startups and Fortune 500 brands including Nike, Samsung, Vespa, Walmart, Unilever and Facebook. A former molecular biologist turned analytics-driven digital strategist, Luke’s work focuses on value creation and user retention, quickly iterating in the development process to forge new paths to success as challenges arise. Luke cut his teeth in the digital and mobile space working for product focused, forward-thinking agencies like R/GA, where he helped concept and deliver mobile and social strategy for Nike.com; and Olapic (which was acquired in 2016 by Monotype), where he helped lead the product and engineering teams to create solutions used by clients such as The North Face, Anthropologie and Ulta. Luke's work has been showcased on stage at multiple national events including the Google Chrome Developer Summit and Facebook F8.
Greg Sandfort has served as Chief Executive Officer for Tractor Supply Company since May 2016, having previously served as President and Chief Executive Officer since December 2012, as President and Chief Operating Officer since February 2012, as President and Chief Merchandising Officer since February 2009, and as Executive Vice President - Chief Merchandising Officer since November 2007. Mr. Sandfort previously served as President and Chief Operating Officer at Michaels Stores, Inc. from March 2006 to August 2007 and as Executive Vice President - General Merchandise Manager at Michaels Stores, Inc. from January 2004 to February 2006. Mr. Sandfort has served as a director of the Company since February 2013. Other directorship: WD-40 Company since October 2011. Mr. Sandfort brings to the Board invaluable management, leadership and operations experience from previous positions in public and private retail companies.
Matthew Shay is president and CEO of the National Retail Federation, the world’s largest retail trade association. Shay serves as chief advocate and spokesman for the nation’s largest private-sector industry employer, responsible for creating one in four U.S. jobs — 42 million working Americans — and generating $2.6 trillion in annual GDP. Since his arrival in 2010, Shay has transformed NRF into Washington’s most powerful voice supporting the retail industry, leading the organization to new levels of effectiveness on policy issues, increasing awareness of the industry’s economic impact and expanding political engagement. Under his tenure, membership has more than doubled to 18,000, revenue has doubled and advocacy investments have grown significantly.
Carlos Salcido started his career with L´Oreal in 1988, carrying out different responsibilities for its Luxury Division in México in commercial and marketing areas as Director of PCI (Prestige & Collections Int.) including brands as Ralph Lauren, Giorgio Armani and Paloma Picasso until 1995. With the same group in Paris, France, Carlos served in international marketing and product development for the designer Paloma Picasso and later as Business Development Manager for the same division for South Europe, Latin America and Canada. Back in Mexico working for the LVMH Group, then leading and developing the Louis Vuitton business as Country Manager Director in Mexico. Carlos currently serves as Vice President, Marketing for El Palacio de Hierro.
Mindy Grossman has become a major power player in e-commerce. In 2006, she took a bold step away from her position as global VP at Nike to run the $3.2 billion (sales) HSN. Since then, she's found creative ways to broaden its audience base of 4.9 million customers and boost sales dramatically. How? By making HSN hip: leveraging pop culture, new celebrity sellers (Jessica Simpson, Serena Williams, P. Diddy) and concert and movie tie-ins. Digital sales account for approximately 45% of HSNi's (HSN and Cornerstone) total revenues. 2013 SPOTLIGHT: In addition to broadcasting live 24 hours a day, HSN.com is a top-10 most trafficked e-commerce site.
Global retail and consumer executive with a consistent track record of improving operating performance and shareholder value in a broad range of roles with Fortune 100 companies. Successfully led businesses with revenues ranging from $5 to $20b. Broad experience in leading large, complex organizations, turnarounds, M&A, post merger integration and setting up stand alone public companies. Known for recruiting top talent and building strong teams and winning cultures.
Chris Kobus is the Vice President of Marketing and eCommerce at Sunglass Hut. In his role, he is focused on creating seamless experiences between the digital and physical environments, driving footfall, cultivating a strong brand and accelerating innovation. Chris is a strong marketing leader carrying an incredible track record of results with extensive experience in retail, and digital channels. Previous to Luxottica, Chris spent several years at LBrands, working specifically on the Bath & Body Works brand developing and optimizing the digital marketing and business strategies. Prior to LBrands, Chris led a centralized digital marketing team for Charming Shoppes where he was responsible for integrated digital strategies across six brands. Chris is an enthusiastic golfer and novice woodworker. He has three children under five and is very grateful for his amazing wife.
Gregg Throgmartin is General Manager of the Fabletics active-wear brand, which has become one of the fastest growing fashion retail brands in history. He grew up in the retail business and became the fourth generation to lead the family’s company HHGregg, which his grandmother founded in 1955. He started at the bottom, working in the warehouse and selling on the sales floor; eventually rising to become the COO. During his tenure the company grew from 35 stores to 228 and had annual revenues of $2.5 billion. The company went public in 2007. Gregg joined TechStyle in December of 2014 as President of retail. Today he leads Fabletics’ omni-channel expansion in the US and Europe.
Harnessing the creativity, energy and experience of talented individuals is no easy job. But after nearly three decades of executive leadership roles and a lifetime (52 years) of Martial Arts (Shaolin) training, Jeffery is up to the task. As Co-Founder and CEO of The Modernist Group Jeffery spends his time with this team working across many brands in the areas of cultural replication and the future positive disruption and reinvention of industries. Prior to his return to consulting and project work, Sears co-founded PIRCH in 2010 and operated as it’s CEO for 6.5 years, retiring in 2016. Prior to that, Sears was President and CEO of Creative Touch Interiors, which he oversaw through its growth from $15 million to $250m and the subsequent acquisition by Home Depot in 2004, ensuring a smooth transition of a private company into a Fortune 15 organization. Earlier in his career, Sears was Executive Vice President at MSA Industries, growing the company from $40 million to $560 million in revenue in less than two years, prior to its merger with DuPont, where Sears stayed on in the same capacity. Sears also served as President of Tuftex Industries for six years, developing the 15th largest carpet mill in the United States into a $450 million business prior to its acquisition by Queen Carpet and subsequently Shaw Industries/Berkshire Hathaway. A second-generation San Diegan, Sears remains extremely involved within the community and received a Spirit of Life Award in 2006 for his dedication and commitment to City of Hope. Sears is an active Alumni of San Diego State University and has been married to his lovely wife Geri for 36 years.
Barry Beck is the COO and Co-founder of Bluemercury Inc, an iconic high-growth luxury beauty retail chain and cosmetics brand developer founded in 1999. In 2015, Macy’s Inc. (NYSE: M) acquired the company. Mr. Beck oversees all aspects of Bluemercury’s strategic growth initiatives and operations including real estate, product development and finance. He also co-founded M-61 Laboratories, makers of M61 Skincare and Lune + Aster Cosmetics. Mr. Beck currently sits on the Trustee Council of Cornell University, the Advisory Council of Cornell University’s ILR School, and on the Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond.
Marla Malcolm Beck is the CEO and Co-founder of Bluemercury Inc, an iconic high-growth luxury beauty retail chain and cosmetics brand developer founded in 1999. In 2015, Macy’s Inc. (NYSE:M) acquired the company. She also co-founded M-61 Laboratories, makers of M-61 Skincare and Lune + Aster Cosmetics, a vegan cosmetics line. Ms. Beck serves on the Board of Directors of The Children’s Place (NASDAQ: PLCE), the Center for Public Leadership Advisory Board at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and the Advisory Board at Harvard University’s Rock Center for Entrepreneurship.
Beck Besecker is co-founder and CEO of Marxent (marxent.com), the leader in enterprise Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality solutions for retailers and manufacturers. Prior to founding Marxent, Beck spent 13 years building interactive marketing solutions for Fortune 500 retailers and brands, including Target Stores and Tesco. In 1999, he founded Copient Technologies which enabled large retailers to easily manage personalized promotions in-store and online. Copient was acquired by NCR in 2003. Beck then served as EVP of New Business at Catalina Marketing, the nation’s largest in-store promotional network.
As the Chief Merchandising Officer for Walmart U.S., Steve Bratspies oversees the merchandising strategy for the retailer’s nearly 5,000 locations in the U.S., continually transforming the way Walmart serves customers and championing innovation in retail. With more than 20 years of diverse retail, manufacturing and consumer experience, Steve commands a profound understanding of consumers and their rapidly shifting preferences, including where they shop, what they want and how they buy today and tomorrow. He offers fresh and valuable insights to those who are interested in the future of retail and provides practical lessons along the way. A proud alumnus of The Wharton School ('92-'94), Steve aims to stir curiosity and inspire positive disruption.
Jeff Gennette was elected president and chief executive officer in late March of 2017. Prior to CEO, Gennette was president of Macy's, Inc. since March 2014. Previously, he was chief merchandising officer of Macy's, Inc. (formerly known as Federated Department Stores, Inc.), a position to which he was appointed in February 2009. Gennette began his retail career in 1983 as an executive trainee at Macy's West in San Francisco. He held positions of increasing responsibilities, including vice president and division merchandise manager for men's collections, and senior vice president and general merchandise manager for men's and children's. In 2004, Gennette was appointed executive vice president and director of stores at Macy's Central in Atlanta. During his career, he also served as a store manager for FAO Schwarz and director of stores for Broadway Stores, Inc. From February 2006 to February 2008, Gennette served as chairman and chief executive officer of Seattle-based Macy's Northwest. February 2008 to February 2009 brought him back to San Francisco as chairman and CEO of Macy's West.
Fueling multimillion sales growth in ecommerce and branded apparel has been the focus of Keith’s entire career. In addition to Keith’s proven record of developing and implementing rapid-growth business strategies, Keith is an expert at building, leading, and motivating high-performance teams of sales, project management, buyers, planners, online markers, and production management professionals that consistently meet or exceed expectations.
Alex is the lead Product Manager for Chrome's Web Platform team. Before he was a product manager he was a web developer--and even today loves building web apps in his spare time. Prior to working on Chrome, Alex worked on Google Spreadsheets, Google Squared, and Doubleclick products as a Product Manager. He holds a degree in Social Studies, with a minor in Computer Science from Harvard University.
Angela Ahrendts is Apple’s Senior Vice President of Retail, reporting to CEO Tim Cook. Angela is responsible for strategy, real estate & development, and operations of Apple’s physical stores, Apple’s online store and contact centers. Since joining Apple in 2014, Angela has integrated Apple’s physical and digital retail businesses to create a seamless customer experience for over a billion visitors per year with the goal of educating, inspiring, entertaining and enriching communities. Apple employees set the standard for customer service in stores and online, delivering support from highly trained Geniuses and expert advice from Creative Pros to help customers get the most out of their Apple products. Angela joined Apple from Burberry where she served as Chief Executive Officer and led the company through a period of outstanding global growth. Prior to Burberry, she was Executive Vice President at Liz Claiborne Inc., and earlier in her career served as President of Donna Karan International. Angela holds a Marketing and Merchandising Degree from Ball State University in Indiana, where she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters in 2010. She was also a member of the UK's Prime Minister's Business Advisory Council from 2010 to 2015, was named Honorary Dame Commander of the British Empire, and awarded a Coat of Arms in April 2014.
Sarah Quinlan is the Senior Vice President and Group Head of Market Insights for MasterCard Advisors, the analytics and insights consulting unit of MasterCard. Since joining MasterCard in January 2013, Sarah has advised executives in a range of industries, including retail, banking, capital markets, and government agencies, providing macro-to-micro economic trends related to consumer spending and retail sales. She and her team analyze and predict spending patterns, based on the billions of anonymous purchases MasterCard processes every year, to create solutions that help clients make better business decisions. Sarah is widely recognized as an expert in her field and appears regularly in the media including CNBC, the Associated Press, Fox Business Network, Bloomberg TV, the Times of London, The Daily Telegraph, and Women’s Wear Daily (WWD). She is also a frequent speaker at prominent industry conferences such as the Milken Institute Global Conference, Financial Times Business of Luxury Summit, Financo CEO Forum, WWD CEO Summit and 100 Women in Hedge Funds. Prior to joining MasterCard Advisors, Sarah was the Founder and CIO of Katen Capital, a global macro hedge fund manager. Previously, she was the Chief Investment Officer and Head of Alternatives for Saad Financial Services, S.A. Before her role with Saad, Sarah was a portfolio manager at UBS, and at Lloyds TSB focusing on alternative investments. She was co-founder and portfolio manager of TwentyFirst Century Advisors, a small and mid-cap long/short hedge fund which was ranked in the Top 10 of Mar Hedge. She was also the co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of ClienTec, a thin client computer company which was sold in 2000. She began her career at Salomon Brothers Inc. in mortgage sales and trading. Sarah received her BA and MBA from the University of Chicago in Politics, Economics, Rhetoric and Law with Special Honors and in Finance and Accounting, respectively.
Brian Amkraut, SVP of Real Estate, Strategy and Initiatives, oversees PetSmart’s real estate and development activities. He is responsible for development and execution of the strategy to drive growth through market identification and development, store design, format change and increasing the efficiency of store construction. Prior to PetSmart, Brian most recently served as senior vice president of Merchandise Distribution and Planning for Payless Holdings. He also held several senior-level positions with the company between 2007 and 2014, including division senior vice president of Store Development. Earlier in his career, Brian served in strategy roles for CVS Health and the Boston Consulting Group. Brian graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. He received his Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business. Brian is a proven retail leader with experience in retail operations, merchandising, store development and procurement.
Kendra Scott is a loving mom, a driven entrepreneur, and a passionate designer who believes the truest form of success is giving back in a meaningful way. The foundation of Kendra’s success has been her infectious energy and entrepreneurial spirit, which took her from a $500 project she began in 2002 from the spare bedroom of her home, to a billion dollar fashion brand loved globally. Known for her unique use of color and quality materials, Kendra has created collections of timeless pieces that have won over loyal fans, media and celebrities alike. Since she began her company, Kendra has lived by three core values: Family, Fashion and Philanthropy. She created a brand and culture that authentically values giving back and making a positive difference in the community. The Kendra Scott company maintains a focus on its customers and the causes close to their hearts, abiding by the mantra “What Matters to You, Matters to Us.”
Terry Lundgren is executive chairman of Macy's, Inc. and chairman of the board of directors. Previously, Lundgren was chairman and chief executive officer of Macy's, Inc. since January 2004, and also served as president and CEO from February 2003 to March 2014. Prior to 2003, he served as president and chief merchandising officer since May 1997. Lundgren began his retailing career in 1975 as a trainee with Bullock's, a Los Angeles-based division of Federated. He held positions of increasing responsibility over the next decade in buying, store management, human resources and senior-level store management, as well as serving as the division's director of stores. Lundgren was named senior vice president and general merchandising manager of Bullock's in 1984. In 1987, he was named president and chief executive officer of Bullocks Wilshire, then an upscale chain of specialty department stores owned by Federated. Lundgren left Federated in 1988 to join Neiman Marcus, where he served as executive vice president and shortly thereafter was named chairman and chief executive officer. He returned to Federated in April 1994 as chairman and chief executive officer of the Federated Merchandising Group.