By Erin Cabrey
By Erin Cabrey
One highlight: He was previously president and CEO of Sephora Americas and Asia Pacific, introducing the beauty retailer to the US and Japan and debuting Sephora.com during his tenure in the late ’90s. Below, he shares more about his current role advising retail companies, and his thoughts on Sephora’s partnership with Kohl’s.
When companies are in trouble, management, lenders, owners, and boards often seek out help from turnaround specialists to provide an objective assessment of current performance and strategic plans. I draw on my experience to provide a candid review of the business based on facts, experience, and interaction with the client.
I love complex and dysfunctional problems where I can use my experience as a leader to bring focus and clarity to solving challenges. It is very rewarding when everyone gets behind a new action plan.
Bar Louie. It was an entirely new experience with familiar problems, a great brand, good people, and a positive outcome. Plus, I discovered some of their great cocktails!
I like the trend toward strategic partnerships and the move away from running businesses in an isolated manner. This trend is accelerating and can add great value to both partners. Kohl’s/Sephora, Target/Ulta…Richemont/Farfetch, Target/ThredUp, Toys R Us/Macy’s…The list is endless and growing daily. I believe passionately that 1 + 1 = 3 if thoroughly researched. Companies are invited to expand their imaginations.
Decaf hot coffee with half and half. Boring.
“Don’t say anything until you have to.” My advice: Be respectfully courageous, opinionated, and transparent. It works.
Vinyl records (my first album was [the Jeff Beck Group’s] Beck-Ola). Loved music, still do. Untuckit—great not having to tuck in my shirt.