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GLEN. T. SENK : CEO
Glen Senk is a creative leader who has worked with several of the world’s most iconic brands, beginning with Bloomingdale’s in 1981, where in just seven years he rose to senior vice president and managing director of Bloomingdale’s by Mail. In 1989, Mr. Senk became chief executive of the London-based Habitat International Merchandise and Marketing Group. Returning to the States in 1992, Mr. Senk joined Williams-Sonoma (NYSE: WSM) as senior vice president and general merchandise manager where he supervised Williams-Sonoma, Pottery Barn, Hold Everything, Chambers and Gardener’s Eden and most notably set the strategy and groundwork for Pottery Barn’s rapid expansion and sales growth.
In 1994, Mr. Senk joined Urban Outfitters (NASDAQ: URBN) as president of Anthropologie, which was then a single-store prototype. During the course of growing Anthropologie into a billion-dollar brand, Mr. Senk was named executive vice president of URBN in 2002, elected to the company’s board of directors in 2004, and named CEO of URBN in 2007. Mr. Senk served as CEO for America’s leading fine jewelry brand David Yurman from February 2012 to February 2014, and founded Front Row Partners in April 2014, where he currently serves as Chairman and CEO.
Mr. Senk holds a BA degree, magna cum laude, in psychology, computer science and mathematics from New York University and an MBA degree in marketing and finance from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Psi Chi.
In 2007, Forbes named Urban Outfitters one of the best-managed companies of 2007, crediting the vision of Senk, and in that same year Institutional Magazine named Mr. Senk one of the best CEOs in America. In 2010, Senk was named the Chicago Booth School of Business Alumnus of the Year, the FGI International Corporate Leader of the Year and one of Fortune Magazine’s Top 50 Businesspeople of the Year.
Senk currently serves on the board of directors of Aritzia (TSE: ATZ), Boden, Kendra Scott and Opening Ceremony and has previously served on the boards of directors of Urban Outfitters (NASDAQ: URBN), Bare Escentuals (NASDAQ: BARE), Melissa & Doug, Tory Burch, David Yurman, and Cooking.com.