Richard Baker is Governor and Executive Chairman of Hudson's Bay Company (HBC). HBC was established in 1670 and is the oldest company in North America. With a portfolio of more than 320 stores, HBC operates Saks Fifth Avenue, Lord and Taylor, Hudson's Bay, Saks Fifth Avenue Off Fifth and Home Outfitters.
Mr. Baker is currently a non-executive chairman of Retail Opportunity Investments Corp. (ROIC) and serves on the board of directors. He served as the Chief Executive Officer until 2009.
From 1988 until 2005, Mr. Baker served in various capacities, including President and Chief Operating Officer of National Realty & Development Corp., a real estate development company owned by him together with his father, Robert C. Baker. National Realty & Development Corp. owns and manages a real estate portfolio which includes shopping centers and corporate business centers located in 20 states.
In 2014, Mr. Baker began his four-year term on the Cornell University Board of Trustees. He served two terms on the Cornell University Council and is a member of the Major Gifts Committee. Mr. Baker serves or has served on several councils and advisory Boards at Cornell.
Paul Beesley Chief Financial Officer
Paul Beesley was appointed as Chief Financial Officer of Hudson’s Bay Company in June 2014. Prior to working with the Company Mr. Beesley held senior roles in financial management and strategic development across a range of leading Canadian-based companies, most recently as Chief Corporate Development Officer of Sobeys Inc. unit and Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Empire.
Mr. Beesley holds a BSc degree from Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, and an MBA from St. Mary’s University, Nova Scotia, Canada.
Bonnie Brooks Vice Chairman
Bonnie Brooks was appointed Vice Chairman, Hudson’s Bay Company, in February 2014.
In September 2008, Bonnie Brooks was appointed as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Hudson’s Bay. In January 2012, Ms. Brooks was appointed President of the Hudson’s Bay Company. Ms. Brooks served as an executive officer, including as President, of the Lane Crawford Joyce Group based out of Hong Kong from 1997 to 2008 with over 500 stores in Asia, and prior to that served as Executive Vice President/General Merchandise Manager and Senior Vice President of Marketing at Holt Renfrew in Canada. Ms. Brooks is a member of the board of directors of Empire Company Limited (Sobey’s), is a trustee of the Royal Ontario Museum and is a member of the Jobs and Prosperity Council appointed by the Premier of Ontario.
Ms. Brooks has a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Western Ontario.
Michael Burgess President, HBC Digital
Michael Burgess was appointed President, HBC Digital in February 2014. Mr. Burgess previously served as President of Saks Direct where he was responsible for ecommerce at Saks Fifth Avenue including saks.com and saksoff5th.com. Prior to joining Saks, Mr. Burgess held various executive positions including Executive Vice President of the Consumer Division at FTD and Vice President of Internet Businesses at Teleflora. He earlier served as a consultant at McKinsey and Company.
Mr. Burgess has a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Finance and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. Mr. Burgess also has a Master of Business Administration from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Mr. Burgess serves on the Board of Shop.org, the digital division of the National Retail Federation.
Stephen Cerrone Executive Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer
Stephen Cerrone was appointed as Executive Vice President, Human Resources of Hudson’s Bay Company in December 2013. Prior to joining HBC, Mr. Cerrone was Executive Vice President, Human Resources for Sara Lee Corporation where he led the Human Resources strategy for the global company, including recruitment, succession planning, talent development, performance management, and compensation. Mr. Cerrone also previously served as Executive Vice President, Human Resources, Retail Financial Services at JPMorgan/Bank One Corporation, Executive Vice President, Human Resources for Bank One, and Executive Vice President, Worldwide Human Resources for Diageo/Burger King.
Mr. Cerrone has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Providence College and both a Masters of Arts and Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Houston. Mr. Cerrone also currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees for Roosevelt University.
Jonathan Greller President of Outlets
Jonathan Greller was appointed President of Outlets in January 2014, responsible for Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH, Lord & Taylor Outlets and Hudson’s Bay Outlets. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Greller held the role of Group SVP, Private Brand Apparel, Global Sourcing and Specialty, Hudson’s Bay and Lord & Taylor. With over 20 years of experience at HBC, Mr. Greller has also served as Senior Vice President, General Merchandise Manager of Ladies Sportswear at Hudson’s Bay and Lord & Taylor, and Senior Vice President, General Merchandise Manager for Men's, Intimate Apparel, Sleepwear, Activewear and Children's at Lord & Taylor.
Mr. Greller has a Bachelor of Science degree in Retailing from Syracuse University, where he also currently serves on the retail advisory board.
Marc Metrick President, Saks Fifth Avenue
Marc Metrick was appointed President, Saks Fifth Avenue in April 2015. Prior, Mr. Metrick was appointed as Chief Administrative Officer of Hudson’s Bay Company in September 2013. Mr. Metrick joined Hudson’s Bay Company in April 2012 as Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, HBC. Mr. Metrick has over 15 years of experience in the retail industry, including a tenure at Saks Incorporated 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.
Jon K. Nordeen Chief Information Officer
Jon K. Nordeen was appointed Chief Information Officer of Hudson’s Bay Company in November 2014. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Nordeen has held a variety of executive positions specializing in information systems and management, most recently as Chief Information Officer at Kohl’s Department Stores and Spiegel Group. He also served in a number of management roles at Target Corporation.
Mr. Nordeen studied computer science, accounting and corporate finance at Michigan State University and Wayne State University. He currently serves on advisory boards at Altierre Corp and MyStyleGenie
Brian Pall President of Real Estate
Brian Pall was appointed the President of Real Estate, Hudson’s Bay Company in February 2012. Mr. Pall was previously President of Real Estate at HBTC. For 17 years until 2004, Mr. Pall was with The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co., Inc., where he served as Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer, during which time he was on the Management Executive Committee.
Mr. Pall graduated from Brooklyn Law School and is admitted to the Bar of both New York and New Jersey. Mr. Pall received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business and Economics from the State University of New York at Oswego.
David Pickwoad Senior Vice-President and General Counsel
David Pickwoad was appointed as Vice-President, Legal Services of the Company in February 2011 and became Senior Vice-President and General Counsel in April 2012. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Pickwoad worked at Stikeman Elliott LLP and at Deloitte & Touche Corporate Finance.
Mr. Pickwoad is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada and has a Bachelor of Arts degree and Bachelor of Civil Law degree from McGill University.
Ian Putnam Executive Vice President, Chief Corporate Development Officer
Ian Putnam was appointed Executive Vice President, Chief Corporate Development Officer in December 2014. Mr. Putnam commenced his career at Stikeman Elliott LLP in 1996 where he was most recently a Partner in the firm's Toronto office. Beginning 2008, Mr. Putnam advised HBC and acted on the Company's behalf in all of its major corporate transactions.
Prior to joining Stikeman Elliott, Mr. Putnam practiced corporate law at the New York based law firm, Paul, Weiss, Rikind, Wharton & Garrison LLP.
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.
Elizabeth Rodbell President, HBC Department Store Group
Elizabeth Rodbell was appointed President, HBC Department Store Group (Hudson’s Bay and Lord & Taylor) in February 2014. She was previously named Executive Vice President, Chief Merchant, of the Hudson’s Bay Company in February 2012. Ms. Rodbell joined Lord & Taylor in 1985. Over the past 28 years Ms. Rodbell has held various management positions with Lord & Taylor, including Executive Vice President Merchandising from 2008 to February 2012, and was a Senior Vice President General Merchandising Manager in various merchandising assignments at Lord & Taylor since 1992.
Ms. Rodbell has an Associate Arts degree from Wood Tobe-Coburn School.
Gerald Storch Chief Executive Officer
Gerald L. Storch (Jerry) was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Hudson’s Bay Company in January 2015. Jerry has had a distinguished 30-year career in retail leadership and management consulting. Prior to joining HBC, Mr. Storch was CEO of Storch Advisors, a retail advisroy firm. Previously, he served as Chairman and CEO of Toys"R"Us, where he oversaw the acquisitions of FAO Schwarz, eToys and KB Toys, expanded into China and Eastern Europe, and grew the company into a $13 billion global retailer. Before that, Jerry was Vice Chairman of Target, where, among other accomplishments, he founded and built target.com, and launched their grocery and financial services businesses. Prior to Target, Mr. Storch was a Principal at McKinsey & Company.
Mr. Storch received a JD from Harvard Law School, an MBA from Harvard Business School, and a BA from Harvard College. Mr. Storch is non-Executive Chairman of the Board of Supervalu and a Director of both Bristol Myers Squibb and Fanatics.
Donald Watros President, HBC International
Donald Watros was appointed President of HBC International in January 2015. Mr. Watros previously served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Hudson’s Bay Company. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Watros held various financial positions at May Department Stores and served as Chief Administrative Officer for Saks Fifth Avenue for a period of three years.
Mr. Watros has a Master of Business Administration degree from Binghamton University and a Bachelors degree from Cornell University.
Todd Zator Chief Accounting Officer
Todd Zator was appointed as Senior Vice President, Financial Accounting and Reporting, of Hudson’s Bay Company in April 2013. 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 Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants.