The Canvas' new CEO of Retail: Harold Brooks
The Canvas is thrilled to announce that Harold Brooks, the former President of Fossil Watches and President of Merchandising for DFS, the world’s largest luxury travel retail company, will join our team as CEO of The Canvas Global, Inc.'s retail division.
A Statement from Harold Brooks:
“In my time with The Canvas as an advisor, I have seen the potential of this unique concept and it’s rapid growth. Working with The Canvas management team, I’ve come to understand the opportunity at hand and challenges we face, and the potential for my experience to bring value to our continued growth and expansion. I’m thrilled to join this team in a day to day capacity as Chief Executive Officer of the The Canvas' retail division and contribute to the creation of value for rising brands around the world."
A Statement from Devin Gilmartin:
"Two years ago, I had the opportunity to attend a class titled Fashion Business Practicum at NYU taught by Distinguished Visiting Professor Harold Brooks. One semester with Harold brought me, and thus The Canvas, tremendous insight and knowledge on the nuances and complexity of the retail industry. Harold put to work his vast network for the benefit of the students.
Now, after two years on our advisory board, The Canvas is thrilled to welcome Harold to the team in a day-to-day capacity as Chief Executive Officer of The Canvas' retail division. His experience and wisdom will help advance and scale The Canvas' mission rapidly to the benefit of rising brands around the world."
Devin will transition to CEO of The Canvas Global, Inc., directing the continued development of the long term vision of The Canvas, including leading mergers and acquisitions, investor relations and continued expansion and growth for The Canvas community
Harold Brooks' Career in Retail
A top retail executive with over 30 years experience, Harold Brooks has held senior-level positions in management and merchandising with some of the world’s most recognized retailers and brands. Prior to Harold’s last position as President of Merchandising for DFS, one of the world’s largest Duty Free retailers based in Hong Kong, Brooks held senior positions in May Department Stores, Fossil, Kellwood and Federated Department Stores. For the past six years at DFS, the business grew significantly in part because of international expansion. Brooks was instrumental in driving innovation, and helped position the company as one of the world’s premier purveyors of luxury products. He developed strong brand partnerships with brands such as Gucci, Bottega Veneta, Celine, Ferragamo, Tory Burch, Marc Jacobs, Ralph Lauren, Coach in Fashion; Estee Lauder, Lancome, Dior, Guerlian in Beauty; Cartier, Omega, BVLGARI, Van Cleef & Arpels, Tiffany in Watches and Jewelry, and the key Spirits brands of today.