A discussion on finding and fostering a new generation of retail leaders featuring:
Denise Incandela was named President of Saks Direct and Executive Vice President of the company in
June 2010 and assumed the additional role of Chief Marketing Officer of Saks Fifth Avenue in September
Ms. Incandela joined Saks Inc. in 1999 after serving as a consultant to Saks for five years while at
McKinsey & Company. Once onboard, Ms. Incandela spearheaded the development of the Saks Direct
business for Saks Fifth Avenue.
In 2007, Ms.Incandela was named President of Saks Direct and Group Senior Vice President of the
Previously, she had been Senior Vice President of Business Development and Saks Direct, a
position she held since 2002.
Ms. Incandela began her career as the Assistant to the Chief Financial Officer at Shearson Lehman
Brothers and then joined McKinsey & Company’s New York Office, where she was a leader of the retail
Ms. Incandela received a B.S. degree in finance from Boston College and a M.B.A. from The Wharton
School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Lisa Lockwood is News Director for WWD at Fairchild Fashion Media.
Susan Lyne is President of BBG Ventures, a new venture capital fund investing in women-led startups. Before launching the BBG fund, Lyne was CEO of AOL’s Brand Group where she oversaw high-traffic verticals like AOL.com, TechCrunch, Engadget, StyleList, Moviefone, and MapQuest. From 2008 to 2013, Lyne was CEO and then Chairman of Gilt Groupe, the innovative e-commerce company that popularized the flash sale business model in the U.S. Prior to leading Gilt, Lyne spent three decades in the media industry. She served as President and CEO of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia from 2004 to 2008, and from 1996 to 2004 she held various positions at the Walt Disney Company and ABC, including EVP of Movies and Miniseries. She rose to become President of ABC Entertainment, overseeing the network’s primetime schedule and development of shows including Desperate Housewives, Lost, and Grey’s Anatomy.
Hal is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Herbert Mines Associates. He joined the firm in 1993 as President, became CEO in 1998 when Herbert Mines assumed the Chairman's title, and became Chairman in 2004.
Hal specializes in CEO and Board level positions for large public and privately held retail and consumer product companies. Boards of directors and CEOs regularly call upon him for succession planning advice and compensation consulting. In 2008, BusinessWeek selected Hal as one of the 100 Most Influential Headhunters in the World. He is a frequent speaker on retail leadership and talent and has appeared on numerous times in print and on MSNBC and CNBC’s Power Lunch.
Hal entered the search business in 1986 when he joined Korn/Ferry International where he was promoted to Partner in 1988 (one of only two Partners appointed that year). Hal then joined Butler Capital Corporation, a private equity firm with over 20 portfolio companies.
As an operating Managing Director, Hal oversaw management changes in the portfolio companies and participated in due diligence for acquisitions.
A native of Oregon, Hal is a graduate of the University of Oregon and Lewis & Clark Law School. He is a member of the Oregon and Connecticut bars. In addition, he is President of the Board of Trustees of the William Alanson White Psychoanalytical Institute.