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Lizanne  Kindler

Lizanne Kindler

Chief Executive Officer

Lizanne Kindler is Chief Executive Officer of Talbots, an omni-channel retailer of women’s apparel, shoes and accessories that was established in Hingham, Massachusetts in 1947. Ms. Kindler returned to Talbots as President in August of 2012 when the company was purchased by private equity firm, Sycamore Partners. She was promoted to CEO nine months later. In addition, Ms. Kindler also serves as Chairman of Coldwater Creek, another Sycamore Partners portfolio company.

Under Ms. Kindler’s leadership, the Talbots brand has returned to healthy levels of sales and profitability, opened new stores, developed new concepts and entered new product categories. The company currently has more than 8,700 employees and operates more than 550 retail stores across the United States. And despite the challenging retail environment, Talbots has continued to thrive thanks to a strong commitment to product innovation, operational excellence and technology investments.

Ms. Kindler started her career at Ann Taylor Stores Corporation, where she spent 15 years in various leadership roles. She was instrumental in leading the foundational stages of their ecommerce business, as well as launching Ann Taylor Loft. Ms. Kindler left Ann Taylor in 2008 to come to Talbots the first time as the Senior Vice President of Merchandising. Two years later, she worked with Kohl’s as the Executive Vice President of Product Development.

Ms. Kindler is a well-respected leader in the industry and in the community. In 2018 and 2019, Talbots was named as one of the Top 10 Women-Led Businesses in Massachusetts by The Commonwealth Institute and the Globe Magazine. She has been instrumental in cementing Talbots status as a brand with purpose by leading the brand’s partnership with Dress for Success, which has raised nearly $7 million since its inception in 2014. Ms. Kindler is in her third year as an Expert-In-Residence for Babson College’s WIN (Women Innovating Now) Lab, an accelerator for women entrepreneurs. She sits on the Advisory Board of the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University, and most recently, Ms. Kindler joined the Boston Federal Reserve Board of Directors.

A native of Denmark, Ms. Kindler graduated from the Copenhagen Business School with a BA in Economics.