Richard Baker has been the Company’s Governor since July 2008. Mr. Baker is also the Executive Chairman and was previously the Chief Executive Officer of the Company. Mr. Baker has been the Chairman of Lord & Taylor since July 2006. Mr. Baker owns National Realty & Development Corp. (“NRDC”), one of the largest privately owned real estate development companies, along with his father, Mr. Robert Baker. Mr. Baker is the Chairman of the Board of Directors for ROIC (Retail Opportunity Investment 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 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.
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 Company Limited.
Mr. Beesley holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Dalhousie University and a Master of Business Administration degree from St. Mary’s University.
Dan Caspersen Executive Vice President, Human Resources
Dan Caspersen was appointed Executive Vice President of Human Resources in May 2015. Previously, Mr. Caspersen spent 25 years in progressive HR roles at Target Corporation developing and implementing cross-company human resources practices. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Caspersen oversaw human resources at the global retailer Toys “R” Us where he led the human resources function for 37 countries worldwide. He was also responsible for corporate communications and community relations, and led the consolidation of Toys “R” Us and Babies “R” Us. Most recently, Mr. Caspersen served as Senior Vice President of Human Resources for the Miami Dolphins football team.
Mr. Caspersen holds a Bachelors of Sciences degree in business administration and a Master’s degree in industrial relations from the University of Minnesota.
Kathleen de Guzman Senior Vice President, Investor Relations
Jonathan Greller President, Gilt and Saks OFF 5TH
Jonathan Greller was appointed President, Gilt and Saks OFF 5TH in January 2014, and is responsible for Saks OFF 5TH, Gilt and Find @ Lord & Taylor. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Greller held the role of 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 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.
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.
Ian Putnam Executive Vice President, Chief Corporate Development Officer
Ian Putnam was appointed Executive Vice President, Chief Corporate Development Officer of the Company 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 in 2008, Mr. Putnam advised HBC and acted on the Company's behalf in all of its major corporate transactions. Prior to joining Stikeman Elliott LLP, 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.
Dion Rooney Executive Vice President, HBC Digital
Dion Rooney was appointed Executive Vice President of HBC Digital in September 2015. Prior to joining HBC, Mr. Rooney served as Chief Information Officer at Toys "R" Us where he was instrumental in building a global state-of-the-art omni-channel offering. Previously, Mr. Rooney held a series of senior roles in Information Technology at Toys "R" Us and led the implementation of a multi-million dollar supply chain transformation program.
Mr. Rooney holds an MBA and a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science from the Stillman School of Business at Seton Hall University.
Janet Schalk Chief Information Officer
Janet Schalk was appointed Chief Information Officer in August 2015. Prior to joining HBC, Ms. Schalk led the information technology strategy at Kohl’s Corporation as Executive Vice President and CIO. Previously she served as Kohl’s Senior Vice President of Business Applications. Before joining Kohl’s, Ms. Schalk held various executive positions at Target Corporation, including four years as EVP of Global IT and CIO.
Ms. Schalk holds a Master’s degree in business and finance from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics and economics from Northwestern University.
David J. Schwartz Executive Vice President & General Counsel
David Schwartz was appointed Executive Vice President & General Counsel in September 2016. Prior to joining HBC, Mr. Schwartz served as EVP, General Counsel of Toys "R" Us 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.
Gerald Storch Chief Executive Officer
Gerald (Jerry) Storch was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Hudson’s Bay Company in January 2015. Mr. Storch 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 advisory 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 U.S.$13 billion global retailer. Before that, Mr. Storch was Vice Chairman of Target Corporation, where, among other accomplishments, he founded and built target.com, and launched their grocery and financial services businesses. Prior to Target Corporation, Mr. Storch was a Principal at McKinsey & Company.
Mr. Storch received a JD from Harvard Law School, a Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard Business School, and a BA from Harvard College. Mr. Storch is non-Executive Chairman of the board of directors of Supervalu and a director of both Bristol Myers Squibb and Fanatics.
Olivier Van den Bossche CEO, Galeria Kaufhof
Olivier van den Bossche was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Galeria Kaufhof GmbH in October 2014. Over the course of his career, Mr. van den Bossche has held several managerial positions in the retail industry in Belgium. Mr. van den Bossche began his career as marketing manager at VRT Radio in Belgium 1997. He then entered the retail business as store manager of the Maxi GB Hypermarket, before becoming a sales manager at Pecotex NV. Prior to his role at the helm of Kaufhof, Mr. Van den Bossche held progressively senior posts at Kaufhof’s Belgian subsidiary, Inno, eventually assuming the lead role at Inno. Mr. Van den Bossche holds a degree in economics and languages from KLBO Ghent. In addition to his mother tongue, Dutch, he speaks French, Spanish, English and German.
Donald Watros President, HBC International
Donald Watros was appointed President, HBC International in January 2015. Mr. Watros previously served since February 2014 as President of Hudson’s Bay Company and before that as 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 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.