Board of Directors
President and CEO, Sears Canada Inc.
Mr. Ronald D. Boire was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer, Sears Canada Inc. on January 26, 2015, having been Acting President and CEO of the Company since October 15, 2014. Prior to his joining Sears Canada, Mr. Boire was Executive Vice President, Chief Merchandising Officer and President, Sears and Kmart Formats, Sears Holdings Corporation in Hoffman Estates, Illinois. Prior to joining Sears Holdings in January, 2012, Mr. Boire was President and CEO at Brookstone, Inc., a position he held from October, 2009. Mr. Boire joined Toys R Us in 2006 eventually becoming President, North America. From 2003 to 2006, he served as Best Buy’s Executive Vice President, Global Merchandise Manager and before that spent 17 years at Sony Electronics Inc. in a variety of increasingly senior roles.
William C. Crowley
Chairman of the Board
William C. Crowley is the Co-Founder of Àshe Capital Management, LLC and has served as its Chief Executive Officer since April 2013. From January 1999 through May 2012, Mr. Crowley served as President and Chief Operating Officer of ESL Investments, Inc., a private investment firm. He served as Executive Vice-President of Sears Holdings from March 2005 until January 2011 and as Chief Administrative Officer of Sears Holdings from September 2005 until January 2011. He also served as the Chief Financial Officer of Sears Holdings from March 2005 until September 2006 and from January 2007 until October 2007.
William R. Harker
Vice-Chairman of the Board
William R. Harker is the Co-Founder of Àshe Capital Management, LLC and has served as its President since April 2013. Mr. Harker previously held the position of principal of The Harker Group LLC, a consulting firm which he founded in August 2012. From February 2011 until June 2012, Mr. Harker was the Executive Vice-President and General Counsel of ESL Investments, Inc. Mr. Harker joined Sears Holdings as Vice-President and Chief Counsel in September 2005 and became Vice-President, Acting General Counsel and Corporate Secretary in January 2006. In April 2006, Mr. Harker was appointed Senior Vice-President, Acting General Counsel and Corporate Secretary. He served as Sears Holdings’ General Counsel and Corporate Secretary from December 2006 to May 2010 and also served as its Senior Vice-President, Human Resources, from February 2008 to August 2009. Mr. Harker serves as Chairman of the Board of Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores Inc.
R. Raja Khanna
R. Raja Khanna is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Blue Ant Media Inc. and assumed this position in February 2008. Mr. Khanna co-founded QuickPlay Media Inc., a mobile video company, and served as its Chief Marketing Officer from 2004 until 2007. Previous to that position, Mr. Khanna founded Snap Media Corp., a dot com start-up company, and held the office of Chief Executive Officer from 1995 to 2004. Mr. Khanna is a member of the board of directors of the National Screen Institute and Blue Ant Media Inc.
Director and Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer, Sears Canada Inc.
Klaudio Leshjani is currently Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer of the Corporation. Prior to this role, Mr. Leshnjani held several executive positions with the Corporation, including Executive Vice-President, Chief Administrative Office and General Counsel, Executive Vice-President, Financial and Home Services, Human Resources, General Counsel and Corporate Communications and Senior Vice-President and General Counsel.
James McBurney is currently a non-executive director of Ruspetro PLC. From July 2012 to April 2013, Mr. McBurney was the Chief Executive Officer of White Tiger Gold Ltd. and from September 2010 to July 2012, Mr. McBurney was the Chief Executive Officer of HCF International Advisers Limited. Prior to holding this position, Mr. McBurney was a private investor who was focused on the metals and mining sector. From 2005 to 2008, Mr. McBurney was the Chief Executive Officer of JNR (UK) Limited.
Deborah E. Rosati
Deborah E. Rosati, FCPA, FCA, ICD.D is a Corporate Director and Advisor focused on corporate governance and corporate strategy for emerging companies. From 2001 to March 2012, Ms. Rosati was the president of RosatiNet, Inc., a management consulting firm. Ms. Rosati has over 25 years experience in financial, operational and strategic management with senior finance roles in both public and private corporations, as well as a general partner with a national venture capital firm. Ms. Rosati is currently the chair of the Board of Karma Athletics Ltd. and a member of the board of directors of the National Ballet School of Canada.
Director and Senior Vice-President, Apparel & Accessories and Marketing, Sears Canada Inc.
Danita Stevenson is the Senior Vice-President, Apparel & Accessories and Marketing and assumed this position in January 2014. Prior to this role, Ms. Stevenson held the position of Senior Vice-President, Apparel from October 2013 to January 2014. Ms. Stevenson joined the Corporation in January 2013 as the Senior Vice-President, Private Brands, Dresses and Outerwear. Prior to these roles, Ms. Stevenson held the positions of Senior Vice-President from May 2012 to January 2013 and Vice-President/General Merchandise Manager from May 2010 to May 2012 at the Hudson’s Bay Company. From October 2005 to February 2010, Ms. Stevenson was a Divisional Merchandise Manager at Walmart Canada Corp.
S. Jeffrey Stollenwerck
S. Jeffrey Stollenwerck is currently the President, Real Estate Business Unit for Sears Holdings Corporation and assumed this position in February 2008. Mr. Stollenwerck has also served as the Senior Vice President, Real Estate for Sears Holdings from March 2005 to February 2008 and the Vice President, Real Estate for Kmart Corporation from May 2003 to March 2005, prior to the Sears Holdings/Kmart merger in 2005. Prior to joining Sears Holdings, Mr. Stollenwerck was the Vice-President, Research for ESL Investments, Inc.