James D. Gundell

 
 

Jim is an accomplished leader with hands-on experience developing and implementing strategies that drive sales growth and profitability.  He is an exceptional collaborator with strong negotiating, problem-solving, and employee-development skills.  He possesses a merchant-driven mentality that embraces brand equity while instilling innovation and newness to ensure future success.

Jim most recently held the role of Co-Chief Operating Officer and Facilitating Leader at EILEEN FISHER, Inc., a socially conscious, triple-bottom line women’s clothing brand with a global on-line presence and retail locations in the United States, Canada and the UK.

During his tenure from 2004 – 2018, Jim was a senior member of the executive team responsible for guiding and inspiring the integration of the creative, culture and business aspects of the collaborative, employee-owned B-Corp company. Jim had direct oversight of EILEEN FISHER’s Retail, E-Commerce, Web, Global, IT, Facilities and Architecture areas, leading over 750 domestic and global employees.  He is credited for co-leading the implementation and transformation of the business from retail stores to Omni-channel and direct to customer initiatives as well as the implementation of several other innovative leadership structures and practices.

Jim has had an extensive career in retail management, including 19 years at Bloomingdale's, where his last two positions  were as general  manager of the 59th  street flagship  store and general merchandise manager for women's· accessories, intimate apparel, and footwear. He also has held positions as president of MoMA Retail, a division of the Museum of Modern Art, and division president, Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Outlets.

Jim has been a board member of the Girl Scouts of Greater New York since 20 1 3.   He serves on the Executive Committee and also co-chairs the Strategic Planning Committee.  Today, the Chapter serves over 30,000 girls ages five to 1 7 (70% of whom come from low-to-moderate income homes) in New York City's five boroughs.

 Jim is also an avid bridge player and has recently conceived playbridgeatsea.com which will design and operate up to ten bridge cruises in 2019 and 2020.  Jim was born in New York City, grew up in Westchester County, and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Romance Languages.  He and his life partner, Ed, reside in New York City.