NEW YORK, Sept. 8, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Gilt Groupe, Inc., an innovative online shopping destination, has appointed Chris Ventry General Manager of Gilt MAN, effective immediately. In this position, Ventry is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the business including operations, merchandising and marketing for Gilt MAN. John Auerbach, who formerly held both the General Manager, Gilt MAN and President, Park & Bond positions, will continue to lead the Park & Bond team as President while Chris administers Gilt Man.
"Chris is as equally well versed in the world of business as he is in the world of fashion and we are excited to move him into this critical role as the General Manager of Gilt MAN," said Kevin Ryan, Chief Executive Officer, Gilt Groupe. "It's an exciting time for the men's business now with our two distinct personalities – Gilt MAN and Park & Bond. Chris's vast experience will be a huge asset as we continue to drive excitement for Gilt MAN."
Gilt MAN, Gilt Groupe's $100 million plus men's business, has enjoyed a wealth of success since its launch in 2009. With over 400,000 male customers and 350 brand partners, Gilt MAN is one of the most robust online retail experiences available to the male consumer.
Chris joined Gilt in 2010 as the Head of Business Operations for Park & Bond, Gilt's full-price men's site, before being appointed as General Manager, Gilt MAN this year. Prior to Gilt, Chris was Director of the Enterprise Improvement Practice at AlixPartners LLC. He has also served as the COO of two apparel brands, Rogan LLC and Loomstate LLC where he launched two e-commerce websites. A recognized practitioner in the specialty and luxury sectors, Chris began his professional career in the financial services industry at HSBC Holdings plc as an International Officer with stints in the U.K., Russia, Australia and Hong Kong, before joining the Global Emerging Markets desk to manage HSBC Asset Management's Latin equity investments. He graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. in Comparative Area Studies and in Russian, as well as a Certificate in Markets and Management Studies from Duke University. Chris earned his M.S. in Economics and Social History from Oxford University.
"Gilt MAN has fundamentally changed the way men shop online and I am extremely excited to join this team," Chris said.
About Gilt Groupe, Inc.
Gilt Groupe, www.gilt.com, is an innovative online shopping destination offering its members special access to the most inspiring merchandise, culinary offerings, and experiences every day, many at insider prices. Gilt continually searches the world for the most coveted brands and products, including fashion for women, men, and children; home decor; artisanal ingredients; hotels and travel experiences on every continent; and unique activities in a growing list of cities and destinations. We believe that every day is an opportunity to inspire and be inspired.
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