SVP and Genral Merchandise Manager ( GMM ) @
Mike Edwards is an Omni Channel/B2B/Wholesale executive who has led brand transformations and business turnarounds for some of the leading names in the industry in both the fashion and hardlines categories. He was the former head of global merchandising for Staples and was responsible for the merchandising strategy and new business development, assortment planning as well as
Mike Edwards is an Omni Channel/B2B/Wholesale executive who has led brand transformations and business turnarounds for some of the leading names in the industry in both the fashion and hardlines categories. He was the former head of global merchandising for Staples and was responsible for the merchandising strategy and new business development, assortment planning as well as the vendor programs for the retail, online, and contract sales divisions. He also managed the global private label group and innovation teams supporting divisions in 26 countries and generating over 5B in sales.
Prior to Staples he joined Borders in September 2009 as Executive Vice President, Chief Merchandising Officer, and was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Borders, Inc. and President, Borders Group, Inc. in June 2010 through 2011. Mike received many accolades for his ability to handle an extremely challenging restructuring effort by his team and vendors for his leadership and integrity.
Mike brings a demonstrated track record of success to consumer brands having served as President and CEO of lucy activewear, where he led the reinvention of the speciality retailer, taking it from just 10 stores and no e-commerce capability to over 60 stores and a successful web business. The International Council of Shopping Centers recognized Mike's leadership at lucy by naming it 2007 "Brand of the Year." Lucy was sold in August 2007 to VF Corporation. Mike was also a finalist for the E&Y Entrepreneur of the year.
Mike was part of a turnaround team that moved fabric and craft retailer Jo-Ann Stores Inc. (NYSE: JAS) from near bankruptcy to a highly profitable company with $2 billion in annual sales. During Mike's tenure at Jo-Ann, where he served for three years as Executive Vice President, Operations.
He began his career with merchandising positions at The May Department Store Company and Target Corporation.
BS from Drexel University in Philadelphia.
President & CEO , Director and Investor @ In 1999, eBags set out to become the world's most loved and trusted online destination for bags and all things travel -- a natural answer to "where can I find my perfect bag?" Since then, customers have purchased more than 23 million bags and travel products – each one a trusty companion for untold journeys. eBags is known in the retail community as a pioneer in customer reviews, A/B split testing, and built a drop-ship business involving more than 400 warehouses. eBags was recently cited as one of 10 companies with top customer service (achieved #3 ranking).
www.ebags.com From July 2015 to Present (6 months) Greater Denver AreaChairman @ About Muttropolis
With its first store opening in Solana Beach, California in 2002, and five stores now in operation, Muttropolis was named “Hottest Retail Concept of the Year” by the International Council of Shopping Centers in 2006 and has quickly marked its territory as the ultimate shopping experience for dog and cat owners in the rapidly expanding, $43 billion pet industry. Designed specifically for the "passionate pet parent," who considers their dog or cat to be a family member, Muttropolis, which does not sell pets, delights shoppers with the community feel of a friendly dog park and a personalized opportunity to pamper their furry friends.
www.muttropolis.com From July 2008 to Present (7 years 6 months) Executive Vice President Global Merchandising @ Staples, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as an office products company. It operates in three segments: North American Stores & Online, North American Commercial, and International Operations. The company offers various office supplies and services, office machines and related products, computers and related products, and office furniture under Staples, Quill, and other proprietary brands. It also provides copy and print services to retail and delivery customers, as well as technology services through its EasyTech business. The company sells and delivers office products and services directly to businesses and consumers through its Websites comprising Staples.com and Quill.com, as well as through retail stores, contract sales force, and direct mail catalog business. As of February 2, 2013, it operated 2,215 retail stores in 48 states and the District of Columbia in the United States; and 10 provinces and 2 territories in Canada, as well as in Finland, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Sweden, the United Kingdom, China, Argentina, and Australia. The company also operated 119 distribution and fulfillment centers in 30 states in the United States; 7 provinces in Canada; and in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom, China, Argentina, Brazil, and Australia. Staples, Inc. was founded in 1986 and is based in Framingham, Massachusetts.
www.staples.com From February 2012 to April 2015 (3 years 3 months) Greater Boston AreaChairman @ Wicked Quick is a Portland, Oregon, based upstart with a powerful line of apparel for men and women inspired by American racing. Wicked Quick combines sophisticated graphics, washes and treatments that convey speed, rebellion and attitude. Designing eye-catching collections that are classic, innovative and spirited has put them on the rack of top lifestyle retailers around the country including Kitson, Nordstrom, Dillard's, the Buckle and the Sundance Catalog
www.wickedquick.com From November 2011 to November 2013 (2 years 1 month) Portland, Oregon AreaPresident & CEO @ Borders Group, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates book, music and movie superstores, and mall-based bookstores. The Company's operating subsidiaries include Borders, Inc. (Borders), Walden Book Company, Inc. (Waldenbooks) and Borders Australia Pty Limited. The Company’s operates in three segments: Borders Superstores, Waldenbooks Specialty Retail stores and International stores. At January 31, 2009, it operated 518 superstores under the Borders name, including 515 in the United States and three in Puerto Rico. The Company also operated 386 mall-based and other small format bookstores, including stores operated under the Waldenbooks, Borders Express and Borders Outlet names, as well as Borders-branded airport stores
www.borders.com From September 2009 to August 2011 (2 years) President & CEO , Director and Investor @ For over 20 years, Ellington has been making practical yet fashionable accessories for women.
What began in 1986 as a small family business with one product—the Original Ellington Rucksack—has since grown into an extensive line of accessories driven by a dedicated group of creative individuals. In 2006, the company was bought by Chicago-based private equity firm UIB Capital, a premier provider of equity capital focused on investing in middle-market companies with significant opportunities for growth.
Ellington’s current line includes handbags, totes, travel bags, and wallets in fine leathers and fabrics. With a focus on signature materials and unique designs, Ellington's products communicate quality and character without large logos or trendy gimmicks.
Ellington products are available through specialty stores including Clarks and Eddie Bauer, national catalogs such as Garnet Hill, and online retailers including eBags.com. Private label partners include Sundance Catalog, Smith & Hawken, and Pendleton Woolen Mills. Ellington operates a branded store in Portland, Oregon, and maintains its own e-commerce website,
www.ellingtonleather.com From January 2009 to September 2009 (9 months) President & CEO , Director and Investor @ lucy is a Portland, Ore.-based lifestyle apparel company for women who value fit, style andperformance. lucy isn’t a specific person – she lives in all of us as we attempt to live a healthy,balanced life. Life is not only about being at the gym or yoga studio; it’s about the everyday routine of multi-tasking errands, activities with family and friends, and taking care of yourself from the inside out. An expert in active ways of life, lucy listens carefully to the needs of women and creates apparel with on-the-go performance and versatility, as well as a healthy dose of style and color. With its own lucy label and exclusive designs from other designers and brands, lucy stands apart and inspires confidence in those who wear the products and visit the stores.On August 24th, 2007 VF Corporation, a global leader in lifestyle branded apparel, completed its acquisition of lucy activewear, inc. As a result of the acquisition, lucy activewear inc. is now a whollyownedsubsidiary of VF Corporation
www.lucy.com From June 2004 to November 2007 (3 years 6 months) EVP Operations @ Jo-Ann Stores, Inc. (JoAnn Stores) is a specialty retailer of fabrics and crafts, serving customers in their pursuit of apparel and craft sewing, crafting, home decorating and other creative endeavors. The Company's retail stores (operating as Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft stores and Jo-Ann stores) and Website (www.Joann.com) feature a variety of merchandise used in sewing, crafting and home decorating projects, including fabrics, notions, crafts, frames, paper crafting material, artificial floral, home accents, finished seasonal and home decor merchandise. As of January 31, 2009, the Company operated 764 stores in 47 states (554 small-format stores and 210 large-format stores).
www.joann.com From 2001 to 2004 (3 years) Chairman of the Board @ iGo, Inc. (iGo) is a provider of products and solutions for the electronics industry. iGo sells its products through retailers, such as RadioShack Corporation; resellers, such as Superior Communications and Ingram Micro, Inc.; wireless carriers, such as AT&T; and directly to end users through its iGo brand Website, www.igo.com. Its power products, marketed under its iGo and iGo Green brands, include a range of green alternate current (AC), direct current (DC), combination AC/DC and battery-powered universal power adapters, as well as its developed line of green surge protectors. The Company has three segments: High-Power Group, Low-Power Group and Connectivity Group.
www.igo.com From October 1999 to January 2001 (1 year 4 months) EVP Merchandising and CMO @ West Marine, Inc. (West Marine), incorporated in September 1993, is a boating supply retailer. As of December 31, 2009, West Marine had 335 store locations. It has three reportable segments: Stores; Port Supply (wholesale segment), and Direct Sales, which includes Internet and call center transactions
www.westmarine.com From 1999 to 2001 (2 years) VP and GMM @ Golfsmith International Holdings, Inc. is a holding company of Golfsmith International, Inc. The Company is a specialty retailer of golf and tennis equipment, apparel, footwear and accessories. The Company operates as an integrated multi-channel retailer, providing its customers the convenience of shopping in the retail stores across United States, through its Internet site, www.golfsmith.com, and from its catalogs. Its product selection features national brands, pre-owned clubs and the branded products. The Company offers a number of customer services and customer care initiatives, including the club trade-in program, 90-day playability guarantee, credit card, in-store golf lessons, and SmartFit, its custom club-fitting program. As of January 2, 2010 the Company operated 74 stores in 19 states and 30 markets.
www.golfsmith.com From 1998 to 1999 (1 year) SVP and GMM @ The CompUSA companies (www.compusa.com) serve the needs of both personal and business computer users, selling consumer electronics, computers, digital media technology and peripherals via retail stores, Business-to-Business Sales Offices and Internet channels. The CompUSA companies are subsidiaries of Systemax Inc.
www.compusa.com From 1990 to 1998 (8 years) Merchandise Manager @ Target Corporation (Target) operates Target general merchandise stores with an assortment of general merchandise and food items. During the fiscal year ended January 30, 2010 (fiscal 2009), the Target stores also included a deeper food assortment, including perishables and an offering of dry, dairy and frozen items. In addition, the Company operates SuperTarget stores with a line of food and general merchandise items. Target.com offers an assortment of general merchandise, including various items found in its stores and a complementary assortment, such as extended sizes and colors, sold only online
www.target.com From 1988 to 1990 (2 years) Buyer @ Macy’s, Inc. (Macy’s) is a retail organization operating retail stores and Internet Websites under two brands (Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s) that sell a range of merchandise, including men’s, women’s and children’s apparel and accessories, cosmetics, home furnishings and other consumer goods in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico. As of January 30, 2010, the Company’s operations were conducted through four retail operating divisions: Macy’s, macys.com, Bloomingdale’s and bloomingdales.com.
www.macys.com From June 1983 to May 1988 (5 years)
BS, Business -Major Marketing @ Drexel University From 1979 to 1983 HS, Business Administration and Management, General @ Neshaminy High School From 1977 to 1979 Mike Edwards is skilled in: Executive Management, Business Turnaround, Company Branding, Merchandising, Apparel, P&L Management, Strategic Planning, Team Building, Income Statement, Corporate Branding, Profit, Retail, E-commerce, Start-ups, Strategy