Honoree / Bonnie Brooks
Bonnie Brooks is president of the Hudson's Bay Company (the Bay), the world's oldest continuously operating company. In January, Lord & Taylor became part of the Hudson's Bay Company, in a move that brought together two of North America's most iconic brands. Before becoming president of the combined companies, Ms. Brooks had served as president and CEO of the Bay since September 2008.
Ms. Brooks has spent her career building high-end retail names across the world. Before joining the Bay, she spearheaded the turnaround and revitalization of another prominent retailer, Asia's Lane Crawford. As president of Lane Crawford Joyce Group, Ms. Brooks brought many of the world's leading brands into Greater China and Southeast Asia. She was responsible for all the divisions of the company, including Lane Crawford, Joyce Boutiques, and Pedder Group, and founded the LCJG Distribution Company, opening hundreds of stores in nine Asian countries. Ms. Brooks was based in Hong Kong from 1997 to 2008.
Before working at Lane Crawford Joyce Group, Ms. Brooks served as executive vice president, general merchandise manager, and senior vice president of Marketing for Holt Renfrew, a leading specialty department store in Canada. In this position, she was responsible for strategic planning, marketing, merchandise buying, and designer brand acquisition. Ms. Brooks had previously served as editor in chief of Flare, Canada's largest and most important fashion and lifestyle magazine.
Since joining the Hudson's Bay Company, Ms. Brooks has raised more than $17 million for charitable organizations, including the Canadian Red Cross, Canadian Olympic Foundation, and Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. In December 2011, she was honored in New York by the Volunteers of America for her philanthropic efforts.
Ms. Brooks holds an MBA from the University of Western Ontario. She has been recognized as one of the Top 25 Retailers worldwide by Monocle magazine and was named one of the world's 100 Most Creative People in Business by Fast Company. In 2011, the Women's Executive Network recognized Ms. Brooks as one of Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100.
The premier of Ontario, Dalton McGuinty, appointed Ms. Brooks to the Royal Ontario Museum Board of Trustees in 2010 and to the Jobs and Prosperity Council in 2012.
Ms. Brooks divides her time between the Bay's Toronto headquarters and Lord & Taylor's New York headquarters.