Vice President General Merchandise Manager @ The TJX Companies, Inc.
Board Member @ navabi GmbH
Miriam is an entrepreneur, NED and advisor to early stage companies and corporations starting new businesses. Her expertise is at the juncture of fashion, consumers, and technology. Miriam has spent her career growing companies across borders. Her career has taken her from the heart of fashion in NY to the digital hub in Silicon Valley, to the
Miriam is an entrepreneur, NED and advisor to early stage companies and corporations starting new businesses. Her expertise is at the juncture of fashion, consumers, and technology. Miriam has spent her career growing companies across borders. Her career has taken her from the heart of fashion in NY to the digital hub in Silicon Valley, to the UK, Germany, and the rest of Europe.
Miriam has held senior executive roles in large global firms such as TJX, eBay, and P&C. She drove innovation, developed industry partnerships, and helped to create a fashion voice at eBay as VP Global Head of Fashion for the $9.7 billion fashion business. Miriam served on the Executive Board at P&C, leading New Business, E-Commerce, and Marketing.
Her passion is helping early stage businesses to grow, including her current work as Chief Merchant at navabi, and previous work as CEO of Koodos through to sale and as consultant to the CEO at NET-A-PORTER.
Miriam advises the founders of startups, companies leveraging technology to innovate new customer propositions. She works with the founders on a long-term basis focusing on strategy, business growth, merchandising, branding, and user experience.
Miriam has been featured in the WSJ, IBD, Fast Company, New York Times, WWD, FT, TW, and Drapers. She has been a featured speaker at many conferences in the US, UK, Germany, France and Spain. She has taught master classes on digital innovation at Boston College Carroll School of Management, The Royal College of Art and Imperial College London.
Miriam’s distinctions include the Retail Week Power List, the Drapers Power List, and the British Vogue Online Fashion 100 List. She was voted Online Fashion Star of 2009-2010 in The Independent by her peers.
In addition to her professional work, Miriam is a founding patron of Simple Gifts, a charity based in Bethnal Green, East London, aimed at alleviating the effects of deprivation and improving social cohesion across communities.
Chief Merchant @ From January 2015 to Present (1 year) London, United KingdomAdvisory Board Member @ LUX FIX offers an alternative to mass-market brands, working with
independent designers who provide the quality in materials and design
without the normal "designer" price tag. They now have over 150
designers on the site and have launched e-shops for the Telegraph,
Independent and Evening Standard fashion teams. From December 2013 to Present (2 years 1 month) London, United KingdomMD New Business @ Miriam served on the Executive Board of P&C as MD of New Business, E-Commerce, and Interim Head of Marketing. Managed cross-functional staff of 200+ in areas of marketing, digital content, analytics, merchandising, buying, finance, operations, technology, strategic planning, communications, public relations, art direction, customer service, CRM, loyalty, media planning, media buying, media production, editorial, multi-disciplinary project management, and event production. From June 2012 to June 2013 (1 year 1 month) VP Fashion @ Miriam drove innovation, developed industry partnerships, and helped to create a fashion voice at eBay as VP Global Head of Fashion for the $9.7 billion fashion business. Managed team of 200+ in inventory management, user experience, analytics, product development, technology, finance, communications, creative direction, and brand relations. Provided global leadership for Fashion in a matrixed environment. From September 2010 to March 2012 (1 year 7 months) Consultant in London and New York @ Consulting in the online fashion space with select companies, primarily NET-A-PORTER January through June 2010. From January 2010 to June 2010 (6 months) Chief Executive @ Koodos, an off-price online fashion business, was launched in December 2006 and sold to e-trader group in October 2009. Thousands of great value designer fashions from over 200 brands on this award-winning site. Managed cross-functional staff in finance, operations, technology, product development, human resources, legal, tax, customer service, business development, marketing, public relations, analytics, branding, art direction, merchandising, buying, and brand relations. From June 2006 to November 2009 (3 years 6 months) Vice President @ Reporting to Group President, managed staff of 26 employees responsible for Merchandising, Marketing, Operations, Technology, Finance, Strategic Planning, 3rd Party Relationships and Customer Service with P&L responsibility and $20M budget. Developed and executed e-commerce strategy, collaborated with over 200 internal and external partners, successfully integrated store, order management, website and merchandise systems within 8 months on budget. From May 1984 to November 2005 (21 years 7 months) Greater Boston AreaVice President General Merchandise Manager @ Managed staff of 65 employees responsible for merchandising T.J. Maxx and Marshalls in Dresses, Suits, Coats, Activewear, Swimwear, Petites, Large Sizes, and Juniors. Provided merchandising direction to 4 Merchandise Managers and 25 Buyers. Developed and executed merchandising strategy to achieve $1.2B in annual sales. From 1996 to 2000 (4 years)
Executive Education, Strategy @ Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Sloan School of ManagementBA, Economics @ University of Rochester Miriam Lahage is skilled in: E-commerce, Business Strategy, Marketing, Team Leadership, Negotiation, Organizational Development, Business, Turn Around Management, Media Relations, Retail, Digital Strategy, Digital Marketing
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