Richard Baker has been the Company’s Governor since July 2008. Mr. Baker is also the Executive Chairman and was previously the CEO of the Company. Mr. Baker owns NRDC, one of the largest privately owned real estate development companies in the United States, along with his father, Mr. Robert Baker. Mr. Baker is the Chairman of the Board of Directors for ROIC (Retail Opportunity Investments Corp.) which is a REIT listed on the NASDAQ Exchange that focuses on acquiring retail properties on the east and west coasts of the United States.
Mr. Baker serves or has served on several councils and advisory boards at Cornell University including: the Baker Program in Real Estate Advisory Board, the School of Hotel Administration Advisory Council, the Center for Real Estate and Finance Advisory Board, and the Center for Real Estate and Finance Industry Fellows.
Mr. Baker is a graduate of Cornell University
Andrew Blecher was appointed Chief Communications Officer in June, 2017. Prior to this role, Mr. Blecher served as SVP Corporate Communications and Public Relations, an appointment that coincided with the April 2016 establishment of a new Corporate Communications and Public Relations division, comprising Corporate Communications, Banner Public Relations, Global Communications and Internal Communications for HBC.
Mr. Blecher began his career at Saks Fifth Avenue nearly 15 years ago. He left for four years to assume a leadership role at an outside PR agency, where HBC was his lead client. He was then hired by HBC in 2014, following the acquisition of Saks, as SVP of PR and Events, a role he held from 2014 to 2016.
In his current role, Mr. Blecher is responsible for corporate communications for HBC, and brand communications for HBC banners globally, along with responsibility for the HBC Foundations in the U.S. & Canada.
Mr. Blecher holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from American University.
Helena Foulkes was appointed CEO of HBC in February 2018, where she is responsible for HBC’s global strategy and operations for all banners, overseeing approximately 65,000 associates worldwide. Prior to joining HBC, she spent 25 years at CVS Health Corporation, most recently as Executive Vice President of CVS Health and President of CVS Pharmacy, a position she held since January 2014. Before joining CVS, Ms. Foulkes worked at Goldman, Sachs & Co. and Tiffany & Co.
Ms. Foulkes has received numerous professional honors, including being named to Fortune’s list of Most Powerful Women in Business, as well as Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business list. She serves on the boards of The Home Depot and the Harvard University Board of Overseers.
Ms. Foulkes holds an undergraduate degree from Harvard College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Stephen J. Gold was appointed Chief Technology and Digital Operations Officer in May 2018. Prior to joining HBC, Mr. Gold served as Executive Vice President Technology Operations and Innovation, and Chief Information Officer at CVS Health, where he was responsible for all aspects of enterprise-wide technology including running CVS’s digital business unit as well as Business Operations for CVS’s largest business unit. Previously, Mr. Gold served as Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Avaya, a leading global provider of business communications applications, systems and services.
Mr. Gold serves on the Board of Directors of World Fuel Services, Inc. (NYSE:INT), a Fortune 100 company. He also serves on the Board of Advisors of St. John’s University as well as a few early stage technology companies.
Mr. Gold holds a BS in Computer Science from St. John’s University.
Bari Harlam was appointed Chief Marketing Officer in April 2018. Prior to joining HBC, Ms. Harlam served as the Executive Vice President of Membership Marketing for BJ’s Wholesale Club. Prior to that, she was the Chief Marketing Officer of Swipely (now Upserve). Before Swipely, she served as the Senior Vice President of Marketing for CVS Health Corporation, where she built and launched CVS/pharmacy’s ExtraCare program, the largest retail loyalty program in the world.
Ms. Harlam has an established academic career having served on the Faculty of Marketing at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, Columbia’s Graduate School and the University of Rhode Island. She serves as a Board Director for Eastern Bank.
Ms. Harlam received her B.S., Masters, and Ph.D. from The University of Pennsylvania, The Wharton School.
Vanessa LeFebvre was appointed President of Lord & Taylor in May 2018. She joins HBC from Stitch Fix, where she was VP, GMM of women’s, the primary business for the company.
Ms. LeFebvre has nearly 20 years experience in the retail industry. She began her career as an Executive Trainee with the May Company (parent of Lord & Taylor at the time) in 1999. Over the course of 10 yrs with Lord & Taylor, she was moved up through several buying assignments in Ready To Wear to Divisional Merchandise Manager of Modern and Contemporary Sportswear in 2005.
After Lord & Taylor, Ms. LeFebvre worked for a number of retailers including, TJX, Macy’s and Daffy’s. At Macy’s, Ms. LeFebvre was the principal architect of Macy’s Backstage division, where she was responsible for all aspects of the business. She grew the division into a multi-concept operation, including store within store concepts, during her tenure.
Ms. LeFebvre holds a BA, Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania.
Janis Leigh was appointed Chief Human Resources Officer in June 2017. Prior to this appointment, Ms. Leigh held the role of Senior Vice President, Human Resources and Organizational Development, HBC from February 2015 to May 2017. Ms. Leigh has 20 years of Human Resources experience gained in progressive roles at HBC; establishing strong trusted relationships and partnering effectively on the integration of organizational structures, the development of strong leadership teams, and the building of bench strength.
Ms. Leigh holds a Bachelor of Social Sciences with a concentration in Political Science from the University of Ottawa.
Kerry Mader was appointed Chief Business Operations Officer in November 2017. Previously, Mr. Mader served as Executive Vice President, Store Planning and Operations since June 2017, and prior to that as Executive Vice President of Store Planning, Construction and Design from June 2013. His prior role was as Senior Vice President of HBC Specialty, responsible for Home Outfitters. In his current role, Mr. Mader is responsible for Store Planning, Design, Construction, Facilities, Operations & Visual Merchandising.
A graduate of the UBC Retail Executive Development Program and the Babson College School of Executive Education in Strategic Planning and Management in Retailing, Mr. Mader’s accomplishments include a Lifetime Achievement Award from Frontier School Division.
Marc Metrick was appointed as President, Saks Fifth Avenue in April 2015. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Metrick served as Chief Administrative Officer of Hudson’s Bay Company since September 2013 and as Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, HBC from April 2012 to September 2013. Mr. Metrick has over 15 years of experience in the retail industry, including a tenure at Saks where he was the Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer. His career in retail has covered buying, merchandise planning, finance and strategy.
Mr. Metrick has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Boston University.
Ian Putnam is President, Real Estate and Chief Corporate Development Officer of Hudson’s Bay Company and is Chief Operating Officer of HBC’s joint ventures: HBS Global Properties and the RioCan-HBC Joint Venture. In this role, Mr. Putnam is responsible for involvement in all aspects of corporate activities that have strategic significance to the Company and leads the Real Estate Team.
Mr. Putnam commenced his career at Stikeman Elliott LLP in 1996 where he was most recently a partner in the firm’s Toronto office. Prior to rejoining Stikeman Elliott in 2005, Mr. Putnam practiced corporate law for five years at the New York based law firm, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP. Mr. Putnam’s practice has focused on significant corporate finance and mergers and acquisition transactions with a particular focus on the retail, real estate, and consumer products sectors.
Mr. Putnam holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree from Queen’s University, a Master of Science degree from London School of Economics and Political Science, and a law degree from the University of New Brunswick.
Edward Record was named Chief Financial Officer of HBC in August, 2017. Prior to this role, he served as J.C. Penney’s (JCP) Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President from March 2014 to July 2017. During his time with JCP, Mr. Record helped dramatically improve JCP’s capital structure, reduce its debt leverage and significantly improve its credit rating with multiple upgrades. Prior to joining JCP, Mr. Record served as the Chief Operating Officer of Stage Stores from 2010 to 2014, and its CFO from 2007 to 2011. While at Stage Stores, Mr. Record oversaw store locations and operations, IT, real estate, e-commerce, logistics, construction, legal and risk management aspects of the business in addition to leading its off price division. Mr. Record has also held executive leadership positions at national retailers, including Kohl’s, serving as Senior Vice President of Finance from 2005 to 2007, and Belk, where he was the SVP and Controller for three years. Mr. Record began his extensive career in retail at Kaufmann’s, a division of The May Department Store Company, holding various roles across the finance department, ultimately assuming the role of VP of Finance and Controller.
Mr. Record holds an AB in Economics from Princeton University and an MSIA in Finance from Carnegie Mellon University.
David Schwartz was appointed Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary in September 2016. Prior to joining HBC, Mr. Schwartz served as EVP, General Counsel of Toys “R” Us, Inc. (“Toys”) for over a decade. Mr. Schwartz has extensive legal and regulatory affairs experience in international retail, spanning real estate, intellectual property, litigation, regulatory compliance and securities.
Mr. Schwartz holds a JD from University of Pennsylvania Law School. He also holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Duke University.
Todd Zator was appointed as Chief Accounting Officer in March 2014. Mr. Zator was previously the Senior Vice President, Controller, of Hudson’s Bay Company. Prior to working with the Company, Mr. Zator held senior roles in finance and accounting, and most recently as Senior Vice President and Corporate Controller of Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc.
Mr. Zator holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Commerce and Economics from the University of Toronto and is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants Canada.