Luxury Women to Watch 2015

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CONTENTS
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3
Welcome
Mickey Alam Khan
16
Julia Marozzi
Bentley Motors
4
Danielle Bailey
L2
17
Paige McCrensky
Martini Media
5
Pam Bristow
Ghurka
18
Kim McCullough
Jaguar Land Rover North America
6
Claire Chung
Shangpin
19
Christine Montalvo
Christie’s
7
Lisa Dolan
Savile Row Society
20
Benedetta Moreno
Swarovski
8
Sorya Gaulin
Four Seasons
21
Michelle Peranteau
Baume & Mercier
9
Sarah Curtis Henry
Guerlain
22
Royce Pinkwater
Pinkwater Select
10
Laetitia Hirschy
Backes & Strauss
23
Gabrielle Rein
Mode Design Group
11
Heather Kaminetsky
Net-A-Porter
24
Erin Ryder
CORE
12
Debbie Kiederer
LiveLux
25
Alison Sirkin
UK Trade & Investment
13
Monica Kirchner
.Luxury
26
Kimmie Smith
Accessory2
14
Kristy LaPlante
Merkle
27
Kathy Thorton-Bias
Bang & Olufsen
15
Rati Sahi Levesque
The RealReal
28
Ambika Zutshi
Fashionbi
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Luxury Daily LUXURY WOMEN TO WATCH 2015
INTRODUCTION
Welcome
L
uxury Daily’s Luxury Women to Watch 2015 list THANK YOU to the Luxury Daily team and our awehonors smart women executives who are set some art director for their nominations and judging.
to make a difference in luxury marketing and retail
in 2015.
All judging was based purely on merit and potential to
make a difference.
As with their predecessors in years past, this cut of
honorees shares the same qualities: dedication to craft, Please read this guide cover to cover. These Luxury
Women to Watch are set to distinguish themselves
ambition, leadership potential and educator.
even further in 2015, no doubt realizing that luxury
These executives are also quite aware of their marketing and retail’s ultimate job is to move product
role-model status as luxury marketing becomes a across category.
more welcoming and appealing career option for
talented women.
This list includes executives from Bentley Motors,
Net-A-Porter, Four Seasons, Bang & Olufsen, Baume
& Mercier, Swarovski, Christie’s, Guerlain and Jaguar
Land Rover North America.
Also honored this year are executives from L2, Ghurka, Shangpin, Savile Row Society, Backes & Strauss,
LiveLux, .Luxury, Merkle, The RealReal, Martini Media,
Pinkwater Select, Mode Design Group, CORE, UK Trade Mickey Alam Khan
[email protected]
& Investment, Accessory2 and Fashionbi.
Winning hand
Picking the 25 smartest women with potential was not
easy. Luxury Dailiy invited readers to send in their nominations. The Luxury Daily team also had its own table
of candidates.
Once the deadline expired, the Luxury Daily team
judged the nominees on their merits and whittled the
list to those who showed the most promise to push the
luxury envelope in 2015.
The list’s responses to questions confirm their choice.
While the realities of an emerging medium are acknowledged, so is luxury’s place in the multichannel
marketing and retail ecosystem.
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Luxury Daily LUXURY WOMEN TO WATCH 2015
Danielle Bailey
Lead Researcher
L2
New York
“Providing senior leadership opportunities will continue to attract and retain
women to the industry”
What do you most like about your job?
Like me, my job is a mix of calculation and creativity. One
day I’ll be crunching hundreds of rows of data and the
next day I’ll be on a stage talking to hundreds of people about the arrival of Alibaba or the digital disruption
in retail.
able is the priority.
What will it take to attract more women to
luxury marketing and retail?
The ranks of the luxury organizations that we work with
are filled with talented women. Providing senior leadership opportunities will continue to attract and retain
The dynamism of digital ensures that I’m always learning women to the industry.
and the ability to think critically about the things I use
everyday – from the Internet to Instagram – keeps me Your proudest achievement in luxury?
engaged. Digital provides me with a window into other My proudest achievement in luxury is having been a part
parts of the world. Innovations in markets like China and of the early team at L2. I remember at one of our first
events a luxury marketing manager proclaiming that
developments across Africa serve as inspiration.
their brand would never be on Facebook because people
who shop at Walmart were on the platform.
What is the biggest challenge in your job?
Digital is constantly, rapidly changing. Staying ahead of
the wave is the biggest challenge. Coming up with cre- Today we see luxury brands with some of the largest and
ative ways to measure performance for new platforms, most engaged social communities and more importantly
new industries and new geographies is both the trick and not just social, but digital as a whole has transformed
the way that luxury brands do business. To have been a
the treat in what I do.
small part of the work L2’s done in the last five years to
help evolve the thinking about digital, to arm organizaWhat is your work priority for 2015?
I am leading L2’s charge to continue to be a world-class, tions with data and best practices, and to influence their
data-based intelligence firm providing the definitive strategies is incredibly rewarding.
global digital benchmark.
On a personal note as the least luxury person at L2, the
My focus is on establishing relationships with data part- fact that I now both can recognize and have an appreciners and undertaking technology initiatives that will en- ation for a Céline bag is a major accomplishment.
rich our approach, deepen our analysis and increase the
frequency with which we produce research and touch
our members. Finding like-minded organizations that
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Pam Bristow
EVP, Marketing and Brand Strategy
Ghurka
New York
“I think it is important for younger women to see the unique opportunities
available to females in this field”
What do you most like about your job?
The best part of my work is the ability to collaborate
with my incredible team. All are absolute specialists in
their respective fields – from design to merchandising to
strategy to finance. There is no underestimating the success and job satisfaction that comes from having such an
inspiring and talented group surrounding you.
What is the biggest challenge in your job?
Saying no. This is a discipline. I am a big idea person
– all about vision and possibility. Nothing gets me going more than a great brainstorming session on what’s
possible. But years of experience have taught me
that equally important to vision is not overestimating
your bandwidth.
What will it take to attract more women to
luxury marketing and retail?
I think it is important for younger women to see the
unique opportunities available to females in this field. I
am working with my children’s high school on a young
women’s career project that will expose groups of high
school juniors and seniors to the various female-executive-heavy organizations that offer terrific opportunities
to our sex.
Understanding at a young age that you don’t have
to trade the traditionally feminine pursuits of elegance, beauty, grace and design for career prowess is
really important.
Your proudest achievement in luxury?
“Do Less Better” has been my mantra over the past few I have two. The first is being able to lead the resurrection
years. Vision kicks off the battle but focus wins the war. and relaunch of Ghurka – and reinstate it in its rightful
place in the market.
What is your work priority for 2015?
To continue develop programming that truly adds value The second has been my role as creative director with
to people’s lives. Luxury is the perfect vehicle to deliver the incredible team at JCK and Reed Exhibitions, where
expanded awareness of social and environmental issues, I am working to redesign the fine jewelry commerce exarts and culture, and more.
perience at the annual JCK/Luxury show that takes place
each year in Las Vegas. It’s a true privilege to work with
I am working to infuse all I do with greater purpose. such experts and such venerable jewelry houses.
I think the industry as a whole has begun to understand that commerce and contribution are not
mutually exclusive.
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Claire Chung
VP, International Business Development
Shangpin
Shanghai City, China
“The digital revolution in marketing is very much aligned to women’s natural
strengths”
What do you most like about your job?
The aspect I love the most about my job is serving as a
bridge builder between China and the thousands of international brands that want to enter the unique retail
space here. It’s truly a front row seat to a very significant
retail revolution.
I also have a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience
first hand, the unprecedented rise of the Chinese middle
class. This prosperity has never before been matched in
China and this segment of consumer will become the
world’s largest market as millions of people increasingly
desire, and are now able to afford international fashion
and lifestyle. Chinese women have also come a long way,
and fashion is an enormous part of that story. Witnessing
this transformation means a great deal to me. My grandmother was the last generation of women repressed
with bound feet. It’s incredible to see the rise of a new
generation of women expressing their individuality via
style – including the shoes on their feet. Every time we
sell a Sergio Rossi shoe, I think about my grandmother
and smile.
What is the biggest challenge in your job?
To explain the unusual conditions of the Chinese online
market and Chinese consumer is no quick task. The Chinese retail landscape is vastly different than the rest of
the world. It can be challenging to get brands to open
their minds to the ‘reality’ of China and implement new
strategies different than those they use in other parts
of the world. This makes it critical for me to access very
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senior C-Suite executives to explain these realities at the
strategic level in order to get the company’s buy in for all
elements of execution.
What is your work priority for 2015?
To further extend our international brand portfolio. We’re
thrilled to currently bring Topshop online into China. The
Chinese consumer is a quick learner and their economic
spending power and sense of style evolves very quickly.
So creating multiple pipelines for brands to reach them
is important. This includes mobile – which is essential to
making sure brands can deliver great style to shoppers.
Part of our priority for 2015 is continuing to make the
mobile experience impactful and relevant.
What will it take to attract more women to
luxury marketing and retail?
The digital revolution in marketing is very much aligned
to women’s natural strengths. One of the main areas I
see this is in the proliferation of social media. Social media marketing is a concept built on the ability to share
- a characteristic that is so integral to most women.
Your proudest achievement in luxury?
My proudest achievement is to have persuaded Europe’s
oldest luxury brand, Lanvin, to launch their e-flagship
store on Shangpin.com. This was an anchor brand, which
initiated a new business model for ShangPin. Bringing on
Lanvin lit the fuse, which has since led to branded “shop
in shops” and paved the way for other brand launches,
including Topshop in September this year.
Luxury Daily LUXURY WOMEN TO WATCH 2015
Lisa Dolan
Founder/CEO
Savile Row Society
New York
“The time commitment involved in developing a lasting brand is incredible.
Women can make it if they put in the time and all their heart into it”
our Savile Row Society private label custom suiting and
What do you most like about your job?
I love meeting new, passionate people who live to create shirting samples was also very exciting.
a quality product. Such passion and pride in what you
create is hard to find. Working with such inspired people
is very special.
What is the biggest challenge in your job?
If it were easy, everyone would do it, right? Every day
there is a new challenge. In mini crises, there is opportunity. I never know the opportunities a day will bring.
Starting a start-up company that prides itself in a quality, luxury product and service and to meet our clients’
expectation always comes with challenge.
What is your work priority for 2015?
Spreading the word of SRS – an online/offline men’s personal shopping business.
What will it take to attract more women to
luxury marketing and retail?
There are a number of women in marketing and retail. It
is an attractive field for women but not at the designer
or C-Suite level. It entails a lot of time to develop a luxury brand. The time commitment involved in developing
a lasting brand is incredible. Women can make it if they
put in the time and all their heart into it.
Your proudest achievement in luxury?
My proudest achievement is making my customers happy, delivering a luxury service. The first time, we got
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Sorya Gaulin
Director of Global Corporate Public Relations and Social Media
Four Seasons
Toronto, Canada
“Work life balance, flexibility and alignment between personal and corporate
values are increasingly key crtieria not just for women, but for all employees”
What do you most like about your job?
I love that I get to have this unique opportunity to work
at the intersection of luxury and travel, working with
a brand that’s trusted and continuously evolving with
its consumer.
By virtue of its global scope and the nature of its business, it is also a brand that’s rich in stories which is a
marketer’s dream. And finally, because I oversee fast
moving disciplines of marketing - social media, public
relations, email promotions marketing. I am constantly
learning and exposed to new approaches which keeps
me interested.
ue to differentiate ourselves is to be innovative in
ways that ultimately add value to our guests and our
other stakeholders.
Having our fingers on the pulse of fast evolving platforms, leveraging data and insights in a strategic fashion
and always finding that nugget that makes the story relevant is how we hope to achieve this.
What will it take to attract more women to
luxury marketing and retail?
Before working for Four Seasons, I held senior positions
in leading retail companies and my experience has been
that women are already well represented at the senior
levels, at least in Canada.
What is the biggest challenge in your job?
Switching from the right to the left side of the brain
and back. I work with an incredibly talented and creative But in general, it seems work and life balance, flexibility
team and we get excited about new ideas that come and alignment between personal and corporate values
are increasingly key criteria not just for women, but for
our way.
all employees nowadays, especially the millennials.
But we are also results oriented so the key for me is to
identify key priorities and keep the team focused on Your proudest achievement in luxury?
these objectives while at the same time, staying alert I feel proud of having implemented over the last sevand open to fresh ideas and unique opportunities that en years new approaches and innovation to marketing,
surface. Sometimes, these come around only once so it’s social media and PR at Four Seasons, at having built a
great team and at contributing to their career growth.
important to recognize them when they pop up.
Together, we have earned notable accolades within the
luxury, hospitality and digital marketing space for our
What is your work priority for 2015?
Further cementing the leadership position of Four best in class work.
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Sarah Curtis Henry
Vice President of Marketing, PR and Education
Guerlain
New York
“Women have influenced, and in many cases, guided the creation of some of
the most well-known and successful luxury brands”
What do you most like about your job?
I have spent the majority of my career in luxury goods
and services and am most passionate about creating
unique and unforgettable experiences for consumers.
Luxury goes beyond quality and expertise to the creation
of experiences, affinity with brand culture and lifestyle.
It is exciting to be part of a beauty brand at the pinnacle of luxury with its storied history, exceptional craftsmanship and powerful storytelling. I enjoy the challenge
inherent in respecting Guerlain’s DNA and deeply French
history, while pursuing the goal of creating a stronger
connection with the U.S. consumer.
What is the biggest challenge in your job?
The Shalimar fragrance franchise is the most iconic
Guerlain product line in the U.S. and the most widely distributed. The greatest challenge is raising awareness of
Guerlain beyond Shalimar and recruiting new consumers
via fragrance, skincare and makeup in a highly competitive beauty market. We can respect the historical icons
while introducing consumers to a more modern expression of Guerlain.
What is your work priority for 2015?
The size and growth of the U.S. prestige beauty market is
fertile ground for Guerlain. I look forward to moving full
speed ahead on our strategic objectives, which include
the continued modernization of the brand’s image in the
U.S., driving brand awareness and recruitment, and introducing new products and services that cast the brand
in a new light.
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When it comes to education, we are focused on enriching
the curriculum and raising the level of engagement with
our brand representatives in-store and online. We want
to ensure that the customer experience is exceptional
and unforgettable no matter the locale or point-of-sale.
What will it take to attract more women to
luxury marketing and retail?
It is important to note that women have influenced,
and in many cases, guided the creation of some of the
most well-known and successful luxury brands. I believe
that the beautiful brands we have the privilege to represent in luxury marketing and retail will continue to
attract women.
Your proudest achievement in luxury?
My proudest achievement in this role thus far has been
leading the evolution of Guerlain’s brand strategy in the
U.S., an especially delicate exercise when applied to a
brand that has been a leader in creativity and innovation
since its inception in 1828.
It has been a pleasure to collaborate with a passionate
and entrepreneurial team on defining the vision and laying the foundation for a way forward. We have an environment that allows for creative thinking and every team
member at any level to contribute. It has been an extraordinary opportunity to lend my experience, creativity
and ideas to a brand that I have long admired.
Luxury Daily LUXURY WOMEN TO WATCH 2015
Laetitia Hirschy
Head of Marketing and Communications
Backes & Strauss
London
“In the long-term, if we want to see gender equality in the workplace we need
to see a shift in attitude brought about by education”
What do you most like about your job?
Seeing timeless pieces come to life and bringing joy to
clients around the world for years to come. As LVMH’s
chairman and CEO, Bernard Arnault once famously said:
‘I don’t know if we will still use Apple products in 25
years, but I am sure we will still be drinking Dom Pérignon.’ This rings true throughout the industry as whole
but especially in hard luxury. As the saying goes, diamonds are forever.
What is the biggest challenge in your job?
Saying no. It’s a lot easier said than done.
about by education. At a corporate level, companies need
to be more proactive about supporting and developing
their best talent regardless of their gender.
Your proudest achievement in luxury?
Given my optimistic nature, I like to think that it has yet
to come. That being said, aside from being the only Swiss
woman listed as one of the Luxury Women to watch in
2015, I am particularly proud of the fair trade designer
jewelry line I launched when I was 27-years-old.
What is your work priority for 2015?
We have observed an increasing demand from our customers for bespoke craftsmanship. As far as we are concerned, from this year and the years ahead this is an area
we are very much focusing on. We feel we have established a platform and benchmark in our bespoke capabilities and we want to encourage our clients to challenge
us to push our boundaries further.
What will it take to attract more women to
luxury marketing and retail?
The luxury industry is ideally suited for women, so the
real challenge is not attracting women to the industry
itself, but rather retaining and promoting them to leadership positions. This is particularly true in hard luxury,
where men occupy the majority of senior positions.
In the long-term, if we want to see gender equality in
the workplace we need to see a shift in attitude brought
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Luxury Daily LUXURY WOMEN TO WATCH 2015
Heather Kaminetsky
Vice President of Marketing for the Americas
Net-A-Porter
New York
“We inspire each other daily with new ways of thinking about retail, luxury
and marketing. Women should be fearless in these realms”
What do you most like about your job?
Connecting with our customers. Be it through our impeccable service, where we deliver curated product to
their doorsteps with same-day delivery, or through our
award-winning content, where we integrate their lifestyle into their shopping experience. Engaging with our
customers through these channels keeps my job interesting, fresh and always evolving.
well as attracts new ones. We want to expand upon the
success we’ve experienced so far with launches such as
beauty and Net-A-Sporter, and continue enhancing our
service offering in new and innovative ways.
What will it take to attract more women to
luxury marketing and retail?
I am lucky to be a part of an amazing team of incredibly intelligent, motivated, unique women. We inspire
Launching Porter magazine was a great example of this. each other daily with new ways of thinking about reWe listened to our customers, who told us that we were tail, luxury and marketing. Women should be fearless in
touching them at all points in their lives, except in print, these realms.
which was still a big part of their daily media consumption. With this in mind, we went launched PORTER to not I always tell my team to act now, apologize later. It’s
only continue delivering world-class content, but to also important to push the envelope consistently in a way
that not only drives the business forward, but enengage with our customers through another vehicle.
courages others to think about marketing, retail and
ecommerce differently.
What is the biggest challenge in your job?
Technology is moving so fast, and the way that customers are engaging with and leveraging technology to con- Your proudest achievement in luxury?
sume media, shop and enhance their lives is changing My team. You’re only as good as the people you work
with, and I am incredibly fortunate in this sense.
every single day.
Our challenge is to stay ahead of these technologies and
continually integrate next generation capabilities into
our offerings. Knowing what the next big thing in tech
is, and evaluating its benefits for our customers and our
business remains a crucial task for us.
What is your work priority for 2015?
Continue growing our presence in the Americas, in a
way that both resonates with our current customers as
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Debbie Kiederer
Chief Strategy Officer
LiveLux
New York
“Giving women the opportunity to engage in ground breaking and innovative
opportunities will attract the smart, visionary talent the luxury market needs”
What do you most like about your job?
I love envisioning the future of design and technology.
We have arrived at a uniquely exciting time where luxury brands can finally have confidence in technology to
exemplify their essence.
Gorgeous, highly functional interfaces we’re able to create now weren’t possible a few years ago. We’ve anticipated this moment and are poised to revolutionize customer experiences.
luxury marketing and retail?
Giving women the opportunity to engage in ground
breaking and innovative opportunities will attract the
smart, visionary talent the luxury market needs today. I think once you work in the luxury sector, there
is no turning back, because the possibilities for growth
and change are endless. Fashion-tech is here to stay,
and that should be an important factor in enticing the
right candidates.
Your proudest achievement in luxury?
We spent 2013 understanding the new customer journey
What is the biggest challenge in your job?
Getting it all done on a daily basis, I constantly have by listening to brands, store associates, retailers and luxto re-assess my priorities. Work life integration replaced ury consumers. Their combined feedback along with our
work life balance for me ten years ago - as my family, ca- unique view of the future of retail created an intuitive
reer and community commitments all melded into one.
and easy-to-use shopping experience.
We are challenged to set our own boundaries and dare
to turn off our phones. With everyone today needing im- We immediately saw results with our pilot programs.
mediate gratification, I have committed myself to being With the re-launch of our iPad app in 2014 – LiveLux.
fully present to the mission at hand but it continues to com – we provide a high-touch experience with a perbe a work in progress.
sonal shopper via live, real-time video – accessible anywhere in the world.
What is your work priority for 2015?
My priority is to focus on helping brands grow - telling
compelling visual stories by delivering exceptional user
experiences in both B2B and B2C environments; and providing outstanding program management opportunities.
We are also concentrating on educating our clients to
better understand the rapidly changing customer journey
that will continue to impact retail over the next decade.
What will it take to attract more women to
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Luxury Daily LUXURY WOMEN TO WATCH 2015
Monica Kirchner
CEO
.Luxury
Beverly Hills, CA
“Ultimately getting more women involved in luxury marketing is going to take
the same kinds of rethinking as in other fast-track industries such as law”
What do you most like about your job?
When you are building a business, every day brings new
challenges and unexpected positive surprises. I love the
fact that I am working in a cutting edge area—bringing
technology, content and commerce together online in an
industry I am passionate about. I am a consumer and fan
of the craftsmanship, quality, and marketing that helps
position truly differentiated living.
marketing and retail?
Ultimately getting more women involved in luxury marketing and retail is going to take the same kinds of rethinking that have begun to shape the approach toward
attracting and retaining women in other fast-track
industries such as law or investment banking, both of
which I did early in my career.
That rethinking involves more targeted marketing to
women—being more focused on providing the invitation
and education required to inspire interest in a fast-track,
luxury-oriented career. Further, those that are running
businesses seeking more women in their workforce need
to help champion internal mentorship programs, modify work policies that limit the flexibility women need
as they progress through their careers and seek to find
some balance between work and family.
What is the biggest challenge in your job?
My biggest challenge is building luxury industry and
consumer awareness around what has been called the
biggest change to the Internet since its inception—the
introduction of a wide variety of new top level domains.
The fact that wide choice now exists when selecting a
domain name presents a tremendous opportunity but
also a significant education gap that we are working to
close everyday. These new web site extensions allow online content to be organized into a series of relevant, Your proudest achievement in luxury?
focused and differentiated communities.
I would have to say that successfully launching the .Luxury domain after years of many twists, turns and complexity is tremendously satisfying. But perhaps even
What is your work priority for 2015?
At this point we are still early in developing awareness more so has been the response we have gotten thus far
for .luxury. Despite an extensive distribution infrastruc- just a few months into our launch — with more than 600
ture that we have put in place globally over the past year, luxury brands registering names in our community.
we continue to focus on targeted marketing and public
relations activities that will help educate, inform and Nearly every day, brands and consumers are increasingly
inspire luxury brands, especially in verticals with early waking up to the exciting possibilities ahead in an onadoption such as real estate, travel and design, to join line space totally dedicated to what they are about — all
our community and to enhance their online presence.
things luxury. There is so much to do, but the best days
are clearly ahead of us.
What will it take to attract more women to luxury
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Luxury Daily LUXURY WOMEN TO WATCH 2015
Kristy LaPlante
Associate Director of Digital Strategy
Merkle Inc.
New York
“We need to publicly embrace the emotion that women bring to
leadership roles”
What do you most like about your job?
I love the variety I experience at an agency, spanning
my reach across fashion, travel, retail, packaged goods
and finance sectors. My work is data-driven, and there is
something remarkable about being able to identify untapped market opportunities for my clients, pushing the
envelope in calculated yet creative ways.
create meaningful experiences for consumers, wherever
they are. The integration of data, business processes and
marketing management will be fundamental to success
in the coming year.
What will it take to attract more women to
luxury marketing and retail?
We need to publicly embrace the emotion that women bring to leadership roles. Too often, we confine our
What is the biggest challenge in your job?
Mitigating change. In digital marketing, change is a image of women within a limited context of femininity.
constant condition that requires marketers to find inno- This needs to change – luxury and retail marketing is an
vative ways to honor the brand aesthetic within an in- exciting, calculated, intense industry and we need smart
creasingly on-demand environment. There is no denying women with passion to lead it.
that consumers experience the brands they love online, a
fact that will be increasingly true 15, 20, 30 years from We should enable young women to study science and
now. To succeed, luxury marketers need to continually math alongside art, helping them pursue careers in techevolve their processes and be open-minded toward the nology and management with encouragement from both
male and female mentors. We could also stand to reemerging narratives that digital channels create.
structure the way we define the workday, and make it
easier for all career-driven individuals, men and women,
What is your work priority for 2015?
My work priority is to maintain exclusivity for my clients to raise children without sacrificing their professions.
and manage toward success amid intensifying international economic pressures. 2015 is shaping up to be an Your proudest achievement in luxury?
interesting year, and it will be exciting for the brands There have been so many moments in my career that have
been impactful and memorable for me, but my proudest
who can navigate through its ups and downs.
achievements are the achievements of my clients. As
We are already seeing the effects of a stabilizing domes- an agency representative, I’ve had the great fortune of
tic economy, of a growing, travel-minded middle class in working alongside iconic brands like Ralph Lauren, Kate
China, and of the power struggles affecting Russia and Spade, Elie Tahari. It’s exhilarating to achieve national
Hong Kong. Global spending patterns are due to ebb and scale for a boutique client, or help an established designflow as a result, and I firmly believe that the winners will er recognize their untapped online revenue potential.
be the businesses that can break through the noise and
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Luxury Daily LUXURY WOMEN TO WATCH 2015
Rati Sahi Levesque
Chief Merchant
The RealReal
San Francisco
“Smart and driven women want to feel challenged on a daily basis, so the key
is fueling reinvention in the luxury space”
What do you most like about your job?
I love the creative process that goes into carefully merchandising each and every sale that goes on the site, as
well as giving our customers access to the world’s most
beautiful and unique luxury items.
chael Groffenberger, will also help fuel further growth
here, bringing deep industry experience from Shreve &
Co. and Tourneau Watches.
What will it take to attract more women to
luxury marketing and retail?
Most of all, I love that moment when I’m telling someone Smart and driven women today want to feel challenged
about The RealReal and I see the light bulb go off, and on a daily basis, so the key is fueling reinvention in the
the excitement in their eye when they understand how luxury space and building more smart businesses focused
on innovation. Not only will this attract new, impressive
we are really disrupting the luxury market.
talent, it will keep the smart women in the industry today excited and motivated for the future of luxury.
What is the biggest challenge in your job?
We are reinventing the luxury industry, so with that,
comes new and different challenges every single day, Your proudest achievement in luxury?
across all channels of the business. Our model is unique Helping grow The RealReal from inception to the sucin that we take possession of all items up front and we cessful, fast-growing company it is today.
get a high volume of 2,000-plus products every day,
most of which we turn around in three days, so we’re
faced with a constant operational challenge.
But, it is what makes coming to work every day exciting and invigorating, and fortunately represents the fast
growth we’re experiencing.
What is your work priority for 2015?
For 2015, we will be really focused on growing our fine
jewelry and men’s watch categories, which already make
up 20 percent of our overall business, so we feel confident in the potential there.
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Luxury Daily LUXURY WOMEN TO WATCH 2015
Julia Marozzi
Head of Lifestyle Communications & Editor of Bentley Magazine
Bentley Motors
Detroit
“The ability for women to integrate their working and personal lives in a manner which does not have a negative impact on their career path”
What do you most like about your job?
The chance to work with inspirational colleagues at
Bentley Motors, in the fields of design, engineering,
manufacturing, marketing and communications. It is a
wonderful group of highly talented people who are passionate about the brand and work together as a team to
make Bentley the world’s leading luxury car maker. I also
edit our customer magazine which puts me in contact
with Bentley owners around the world who come from
all walks of life. I love the multi-faceted nature of my job,
from creating lifestyle experiences and drives for global
media, to supporting and promoting my colleagues in our
brand extension, licensing and luxury goods activities –
we have relationships with a range of partners from Breitling watches to Vertu smartphones, and zai skis, plus a
collection of branded goods – and helping to develop the
skills of our interns and work experience students.
What is the biggest challenge in your job?
There is no single biggest challenge, they are all important. But ensuring that I use my budget wisely, without
extravagance or waste, to complete the many strands of
the overall lifestyle strategy for the year, is high on my
list. Serving different internal and external stakeholders
is also a challenge as demands can be extremely diverse
and occasionally conflicting. I think communication is
key to resolving most challenges that arise, as people
often want simply to be heard and their opinions discussed. A third challenge is time - to think, to plan, to be
creative, to do the unexpected.
What is your work priority for 2015?
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Integrating lifestyle priorities into the main Bentley business plan for the company, developing lifestyle activities in conjunction with marketing customer platforms
and growing our media influencers to include social and
digital media, and key target female media. Overall I
would like to be acknowledged as stretching Bentley’s
reach outside the garage and fully integrated through
our range of activities and products into the lifestyle of
our customers.
What will it take to attract more women to
luxury marketing and retail?
More women at board level, in companies that make
allowances for the natural pauses that can interrupt a
woman’s career. Job-sharing arrangements, part-time
work when requested. The ability for women to integrate their working and personal lives in a manner which
does not have a negative impact on their career path.
Pay parity with male counterparts. Mentoring by senior
managers to develop skills of management, presentation
and planning.
Your proudest achievement in luxury?
I don’t really think in this way as I work as part of a team,
so any successes should be shared with the people who
work closest with me. As a Brit we are rather reticent
about trumpeting our achievements. If pressed I would
say the launches of new Bentley models in locations
around the world, and the development of our bespoke
lifestyle events, activities and drives to reach more global media and to attract new Bentley customers.
Luxury Daily LUXURY WOMEN TO WATCH 2015
Paige McCrensky
Senior Vice President of Marketing
Martini Media
New York
“Be inspired by the powerful women in retail and luxury marketing, they have
a passion for what they do”
What do you most like about your job?
Being part of a growing company where passion sets us
apart from others and is palpable 24/7. My role as Senior
Vice President of Marketing is to communicate Martini’s
unique positioning in engaging our advertising partners
with the most influential digital denizens on the planet.
Having worked with the best of the best media brands in
the luxury marketplace, it is inspiring to be surrounded
with the most talented, passionate and fun team in the
business, and creating meaningful insights and marketing solutions for our partners.
same ideals.
Your proudest achievement in luxury?
I continue to strive for the next achievement and feel
the best is yet to come! Certainly, launching Bloomberg
Pursuits and The World’s Best Awards at Travel+Leisure
were accomplishments I am very proud of along with my
years at Time Inc. establishing the Luxury Portfolio.
What is the biggest challenge in your job?
Finding more hours in the day.
What is your work priority for 2015?
Continuing the momentum we started in the fourth
quarter of 2014 with the launch of The Martini Report:
The Affluent Audience Online (Vol. 1 Autos and the Elite).
It’s the first in a series Martini Media is releasing in conjunction with Ipsos MediaCT, an industry-leading research firm long recognized for expertise in understanding affluent consumers.
What will it take to attract more women to
luxury marketing and retail?
Be inspired by the powerful women in retail and luxury
marketing to date. They have a passion for what they
do, are meticulous with attention to detail, know how
to hire well, possess intense creativity and have entrepreneurial drive. It’s an industry that thrives on passion
and collaboration and embraces women who share those
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Kim McCullough
Vice President of Marketing
Jaguar Land Rover North America
New York
“I hope to inspire women by sharing my passion for the Jaguar and Land Rover
brands, the cars and the profession”
What do you most like about your job?
I love the Jaguar and Land Rover brands, two storied
brands steeped in heritage and history. Today, both
brands are thriving with cutting-edge engineering and
design yet remain clearly connected to their origins. Our
owners have a strong emotional connection with these
brands, and it is immensely enjoyable to spend time
with them.
What is the biggest challenge in your job?
My biggest challenge is that there are only 24 hours in
a day. There is so much we want to do, so little time to
do it all.
Your proudest achievement in luxury?
We recently developed a program for the launch of the
third-generation Range Rover that tapped into the passion of our most loyal owners. I started calling them “Superloyalists.” We hosted preview events at the homes of
these Superloyalists who invited their friends to attend.
Access is the one thing money cannot always buy, and
we were able to provide very early access to our vehicles
before they even arrived at dealerships. Their enthusiasm
was intoxicating and infectious and many of them are
now friends.
What is your work priority for 2015?
Both brands are on a roll with major product launches,
and my top priority for the next year is to maintain their
momentum in the marketplace. In just the past couple of years, Land Rover has launched the Range Rover, Range Rover Sport, and Range Rover Evoque. Jaguar
just introduced the F-Type Coupe and Convertible. Both
brands have big plans for the coming year with exciting
new vehicles.
What will it take to attract more women to
luxury marketing and retail?
I hope to inspire women by sharing my passion for the
Jaguar and Land Rover brands, the cars and the profession. The automotive industry is dynamic and exciting. I have wanted to be in this business since I was a
kid. Sharing that passion with others, can show what
is possible.
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Christine Montalvo
Vice President, International Marketing Director, Luxury Group
Christie’s
Boston
“Of the organized luxury events that I have participated in, I am quite happy
to see more women in luxury marketing”
What do you most like about your job?
The people. Working with a global team who are at once
passionate, dedicated and extremely talented. And, the
energy surrounding the auctions in international locations is infectious.
What is the biggest challenge in your job?
Time zones.
What is your work priority for 2015?
Innovate the way we communicate through new media channels. Build our partnership/media network to
bring in new clients and evolve the way we position ourselves; as a luxury player in the jewelry, watches and
wine markets.
What will it take to attract more women to
luxury marketing and retail?
Of the organized luxury events that I have participated in, I am quite happy to see more women in luxury
marketing. Where the opportunity lies is in retaining
women and mentoring them to achieve leadership roles;
which should be a priority for all luxury brands and
business alike.
Your proudest achievement in luxury?
Launching Christie’s first auction in Mainland China in
2013 as the global marketing lead.
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Luxury Daily LUXURY WOMEN TO WATCH 2015
Benedetta Moreno
New Business Strategist
Swarovski
Wattens, Austria
“Helping women embrace a career in luxury marketing and retail, or broadly setting up their business, will contribute substantially to the economy”
What do you like most about your job?
Being part of Swarovski with the task of discovering
new boundaries to innovate within the high-end fashion-jewelry industry represents what I like the most
about my job.
At the age of only 23 years old, I have the fascinating and
challenging freedom to explore the most relevant trends
mainly in the jewelry sector in order to identify the ones
which can be successfully taken into market, also with
the use of completely new pioneering technologies.
What’s more is that I have the amazing opportunity to
do it with the support of incredibly creative and inspired
people in a global company which revolutionized the
fashion-world, becoming the world’s leading producer of
precision-cut crystal with a turnover of 2.38 billion Euros
in 2012 and 2,350 retail outlets worldwide.
What is the biggest challenge of your job?
The biggest challenge of my job is to balance the innovation desires and needs with the fragmented configuration of the jewelry market and the conservative heritage
features of the luxury industry.
My approach as young marketing professional and Hult
International Business School Master graduate will help
me to equilibrate the right level of creativity, analytical insight and complexity essential when launching
new brand concepts; along with the strong international mindset I gained from studying and working in
many countries.
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What is your work priority for 2015?
My work priority is to explore new promising opportunities in the high-end jewelry industry and to implement a
new brand concept for business partners in 2015.
More in detail, my first job task in 2015 will be developing a feasible and successful business- marketing plan
to surf the ‘big wave’ related to sustainable, green and
eco-friendly products which is currently predominating
the consumers’ orientation in many fields.
What will it take to attract more women to
luxury marketing and retail?
I believe that helping women embrace a career in luxury
marketing and retail, or broadly to seting up their own
businesse, will contributes substantially to the economy.
Especially at our current time of rising unemployment.
This will be possible for instance by acting on leavers
able to improve the relationship between family and
work and by conceding a temporary advantage to female
access of the managerial class.
Your proudest achievement in luxury?
My current proudest achievement in the luxury sector is
having been invited by Mr. Christoph Feichtenschlager,
head of new business fields & spin off management at
Swarovski Professional, to join the almost 125 years old
austrian producer or luxury crystals as New Business
Strategist with the responsibility and pleasure to find
new ways to add sparkle to people’s everyday lives.
Luxury Daily LUXURY WOMEN TO WATCH 2015
Michelle Peranteau
Director of Marketing & Communications
Baume & Mercier
Boston
“We need to network with and mentor those young women who are graduating college and beginning their careers”
What do you most like about your job?
I like that no two days are ever alike. One day we are executing a launch event for a new collection and the next
time I am in Florida visiting our retail partners in that
area. And the day after that I am actively participating
in a marketing workshop at our headquarters in Geneva,
Switzerland. It all keeps me on my toes.
What is the biggest challenge in your job?
As a global brand and knowing that my key responsibilities are to North America, there are marketing needs,
ideas and requests generated around the clock so it is vital to stay focused, prioritize my In Box and be available
while maintaining a balance in my personal life.
ity, quality and so many talented women.
Your proudest achievement in luxury?
Having worked in the luxury jewelry and watch business for 15 years now, I can honestly say that one of
my proudest achievements is my own jewelry box for I
am proud to own and wear so many jewelry designers’
product and a watch of such high quality that it will be
a pleasure to wear it for years to come.
What is your work priority for 2015?
2014 was a great year for Baume & Mercier wherein we
introduced a new advertising campaign, a new look and
feel for the brand at retail, and the launch of a new ladies collection, Promesse. Our priority in 2015 will be to
continue building on the success we have created this
year and identifying communications platforms for the
message of celebration and Baume & Mercier.
What will it take to attract more women to
luxury marketing and retail?
I believe that in order to attract more women to luxury
marketing and retail, we need to network with and mentor those young women who are graduating college and
beginning their own marketing careers. It is up to us to
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Royce Pinkwater
Founder/CEO
Pinkwater Select
New York
“Women are a powerful resource, and they already have a solid presence
within the luxury industry”
What do you most like about your job?
luxury marketing and retail?
I love that my job is so dynamic: constantly challenging, Women are a powerful resource, and they already have
a solid presence within the luxury industry. If you look at
creative and very rewarding.
the luxury fashion industry for example, you see MauI work very closely with our clients, ensuring that we reen Chiquet, the Global CEO of Chanel, Burberry CEO
invest in the best opportunities for them, whatever lo- Angela Ahrendts, Ralph Lauren’s Executive Vice President
cation and property type it may be. I have done this suc- Jackwyn Nemerov, J. Crew’s Jenna Lyons and Donatella
cessfully throughout my career and my clients have had Versace to name a few.
many financial successes with me.
Rather than simply encouraging more women to purAfter 25 years, I saw that a different type of property sue luxury retail and marketing, I believe that we should
company was needed. I am having great fun building shine a brighter light on the women who are currently
Pinkwater Select: a new real estate brand based on a in leadership positions, and take the initiative to make
powerful interdisciplinary core team, which collaborates lasting changes that will ensure other women are given
with our exceptional global network comprised of the the same opportunity to excel.
finest property experts in all the key markets.
Your proudest achievement in luxury?
My proudest achievement is seeing that the luxury real
What is the biggest challenge in your job?
I have found the biggest challenge in my job to also be estate market needed a new formula to serve top tier
the biggest pleasure. I insist on finding the very best global buyers and sellers. Needed was a powerful team of
options for people wherever they may be, and I am a experts in each key market worldwide working together
to source and market the best opportunities available at
perfectionist about this. Settling is not an option.
the top of their markets. I created this at Sotheby’s InterWhat is your work priority for 2015?
national Realty when I founded the Global Partnership,
In 2015, we are continuing to build the core team, while and I then went on to create a broader based team with
expanding the reach of Pinkwater Select, which has al- Pinkwater Select which has been even more successful.
ready grown in such wonderful ways. We are expanding Moving forward I hope to continue to meet these marour development division, and creating more great stra- ket needs both through connecting the dots between our
tegic partnerships.
partners and clients, as well as through pursuing development projects of our own.
What will it take to attract more women to
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Luxury Daily LUXURY WOMEN TO WATCH 2015
Gabrielle Rein
Creative Director
Mode Design Group
New York
“Women want to be empowered, seduced and respected by the brand”
What do you most like about your job?
I love the people I work with. I have fantastic clients, designers, and staff members. These talented people make
everyday enjoyable. I am also very fortunate to have the
level of access and experiences working within the world
of luxury provides. Luxury is what dreams are made of
and therefore my job is a dream.
of jewelry for Milly to be debuted at Fashion Week and
sold in luxury retailers. I have since partnered with a very
old luxury brand to launch a project in 2015 that will be
hard to top.
What is the biggest challenge in your job?
The day only has 24 hours! Generally I handle a variety of
daily tasks outside of creative direction and many times
I blink and it’s time to go home.
What is your work priority for 2015?
In 2015 we will be refocusing our agency towards luxury
goods and offering additional services to clients. There
will be an exciting campaign to announce our plans for
the future.
What will it take to attract more women to
luxury marketing and retail?
How hard can it be to get more women interested in
beautiful and expensive things? When it comes to the
business of luxury marketing, maybe it’s a matter of how
we’re speaking to women. Women want to be empowered, seduced, and respected by the brand. Christian
Louboutin has been wildly successful at giving women
what they desire.
Your proudest achievement in luxury?
My proudest achievement to date was designing a line
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Erin Ryder
Director of Communications
CORE
New York
“There is no shortage of women within luxury organizations. There is a lack of
women in decision-making roles”
What do you most like about your job?
Real estate is exciting – it is the lifeblood of NYC.CORE
is almost ten years old and growing under the leadership
of an incredibly smart founder and CEO. As a boutique,
that energy is infectious. It is a great feeling to love what
you do.
What is the biggest challenge in your job?
With a number of active projects and high-profile sales
at any moment, we have to be selective about what is
news and what is not.
There is no shortage of women within luxury organizations. There is a lack of women in decision-making roles.
Your proudest achievement in luxury?
I have been fortunate to work with a number of respected brands in the luxury space from cars, hotels, art, fashion and real estate. They all intersect and speak the same
language. This range has grown to be an asset.
This year, CORE announced a partnership investment
stake with Related Companies that will let us grow strategically, which was a nice milestone to be a part of.
Also, not following a formula. Just because everyone else
in the industry is saying or doing something does not
mean it is right for us.
Luxury has become an overused phrase – especially in
real estate. Being mindful of these challenges helps
maintain our communication objectives.
What is your work priority for 2015?
To get more people thinking about the real estate market
when they’re not necessarily looking.It is a great investment – yet too intimidating for most to wrap their head
around, let alonein NYC. Working with a great broker can
ease that intimidation.
To build our impact, I hope to continue building partnerships with like-minded brands.
What will it take to attract more women to
luxury marketing and retail?
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Alison Sirkin
Business Development Associate
UK Trade & Investment
New York
“Women are well represented in the industry, but I would like to see more
women in leadership roles in general”
What do you like most about your job?
I have the privilege of working with some of the most
iconic, creative and innovative brands in the world, providing strategic support to grow British brands’ presence
in the US. I enjoy the variety of the companies I work
with, across the spectrum from major global brands to
small, family owned companies.
makes a lot of sense for complementary British brands
to work together to share their strengths. We’re seeing
it more and more in formal product collaborations and
event partnerships. Outside of that, we work with US department stores on an on-going basis and for key events.
What will it take to attract more women to
luxury marketing and retail?
Women are well represented in the industry, but I would
like to see more women in leadership roles in general.
Luxury and retail have outpaced so many other industries when it comes to women in leadership roles, which
is promising. I hope to see this trend continue to gain
momentum in the years ahead.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute has
honored British design a number of times in exhibitions
including Anglomania, Alexander McQueen, Punk: Chaos to Couture, and most recently, British born Charles
James: Beyond the Dress. It really speaks to the impact
British design has had on the industry, and also to the
way Americans have embraced British fashion, culture,
music and the arts. I really enjoy having an impact on What is your proudest achievement in luxury?
continuing the legacy of British fashion and luxury in Supporting iconic brands and organizations including
the Royal Warrant Holders Association, Walpole Group,
the U.S.
and Savile Row Tailors is something I am very proud to
be a part of. My proudest moments are seeing the comWhat is the biggest challenge in your job?
One of our biggest challenges is reducing barriers for panies I’ve worked with celebrate success, whether that’s
many of the small-to-medium sized companies we work launching in a retail store or opening a storefront, it’s
with. It can be difficult for new brands to cut through all always exciting.
of the noise in a market as saturated as the US. Brand
awareness and communicating a story is key for luxury
brands, and that can be difficult for SMEs with limited
budget and resources.
Facilitating partnerships has been a great way to give
clients a leg up. Identifying synergies amongst our clients, cross-sector, has been effective cross-promotion. It
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Kimmie Smith
Co-founder/Creative Director
Accessory2
New York
“Luxury allows our natural abilities to thrive. We are great communicators,
detail-oriented and able to understand the intricate nuances”
What do you most like about your job?
Accessories, luxury style, brand heritage and statement-driven aesthetic. I truly enjoy creating an enhanced
experience in new ways. Whether it’s styling editorials
and runways, dressing celebrities for red carpets or big
moments or working with brands to generate innovative
campaigns or creative direction, I get excited from start
to finish.
more TV segments and guest expert appearances. Growing Accessory2 into more of an accessory-driven house
continues to be gratifying.
What will it take to attract more women to
luxury marketing and retail?
I think that the luxury industry is one that lends itself to
women as it’s focused on emotion. It’s about being able
to translate ideas into the very fiber of a state of mind
I was fortunate to begin my career learning from the and feeling. Luxury allows our natural abilities to thrive.
best, working with the chairmen and C-Suite creative We are great communicators, detail-oriented and able to
from Abercrombie & Fitch, Anthropologie, and Lacoste. understand the intricate nuances. As women, we can inThis established the importance of the power of atten- fuse this in a natural and powerful way and it is essential
tion to detail and brand longevity, effectively merging that we continue to operate and take leadership within
this space to encourage others to add their vital point of
heritage with new avenues of vision.
view to the fabric of luxury.
What is the biggest challenge in your job?
I am a big believer in attention to fine detail. Details Your proudest achievement in luxury?
cover so much territory from understanding the needs of I have enjoyed a range of achievements throughout my
the client as it pertains to their goals, how we can inject career. One of the biggest standouts was when I became
something fresh and innovative to the project and ulti- the spokesperson for Sebago’s Women’s line and Artisan
mately ensuring we are strongly gratified by the com- with their designer program to create my line of Kimmie
bined efforts. T imeline management and appropriate Smith x Sebago shoes which I sold on HSN. Having this
checks and balances ensure these details speak from the experience has been such an asset when working with a
work, above an endless cycle of challenges. Having the host of brands within the luxury tier.
right eye, knowledge, trust, and rapport are essential to
being effective.
What is your work priority for 2015?
I look forward to pushing the envelope further with styling shows and celebrities. It will be exciting to curate
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Kathy Thorton-Bias
President
Bang & Olufsen, North America
New York
“Our ability to shape and drive the direction of the luxury business begins
with being in the boardroom”
What do you most like about your job?
I am absolutely in love with our brand, its values, and
what it stands for. It’s what made my decision to take
on this role a very easy choice. This is a brand that I’ve
followed and envied for years. The iconic design, concert quality sound and cinematic picture quality is in my
opinion the best example of industrial craftsmanship of
the 21st century. It’s an honor to be part of the team that
brings the Bang & Olufsen brand to market.
What is the biggest challenge in your job?
Building brand awareness is something that will help
Bang & Olufsen thrive in what has become a very competitive landscape. However, doing so in a way that delivers immediate and measurable results is a challenge.
Marketing ROI is becoming more important as brands and
companies look to measure the effects of their spending.
luxury marketing and retail. My aim would be to have
more women in leadership roles in this field. Our ability
to shape and drive the direction of the luxury business
begins with being in boardroom.
Your proudest achievement in luxury?
That at the end of the day, I am still excited by the simple luxuries in life - walks with my husband, watching
Game of Thrones with my three wonderful sons and taking weekend naps.
What is your work priority for 2015?
Bang & Olufsen is the world’s oldest luxury consumer
electronics brand- an achievement the company is very
proud of. Therefore, my main priority will be to preserve
and amplify the legacy of this amazing brand. 2015 is
an important year for our company as it marks the 90th
anniversary of Bang & Olufsen. My team and I will work
to bring this iconic brand to a new generation of consumers, so that it will live on for many years to come.
What will it take to attract more women to
luxury marketing and retail?
I believe that women are almost naturally attracted to
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Ambika Zutshi
CEO
Fashionbi
Milan, Italy
“This is a field, certainly, more male-dominated”
What do you most like about your job?
Being a CEO of a fashion-focused international strategic
firm in Italy, at such a young age, not only made me a
multi-tasker but a stronger individual too. What I love
the most about my role is the opportunity to meet the
who’s who of the industry on a daily basis, and making
an impact on them. What else? I get to brainstorm with
the best strategic team this world has ever seen
What is the biggest challenge in your job?
The market of fashion luxury is a tough one. Especially,
in Italy, where 100 percent of the businesses are family-owned. Which means, a lot of effort needs to go behind connecting with these people, fix many meetings,
convincing them to invest in a strategic change, getting
official approvals and such. This is quite challenging.
and retail should be part of any fashion curriculum, to
start building interests. Then, of course, offering better
wages and a healthy work environment can as well be
attractive. And, well, giving away little freebies every
now and then won’t hurt either.
Your proudest achievement in luxury?
Thanks to our works with the top fashion & luxury brands
in the market, I was one of the selected few to make
a presentation on omnichannel at a well-known luxury-tech event in Italy – an event where tech moguls like
Justin Cutroni from Google spoke.
What is your work priority for 2015?
To go omni. To expand the business further across diverse
luxury sectors. We possess knowledge and quiet an expertise in understanding consumer behaviors, especially
in the crucial markets such as China & Russia, and deriving the most efficient and targeted strategies to drive
the brand’s sales. In fact, we’re already involved right
from the analysis phase to the strategy, implementation
to management, with our client brands.
What will it take to attract more women to
luxury marketing and retail?
This is a field, certainly, more male-dominated. In my
opinion, right from the University onwards, marketing
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