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Board of Directors
Chairman of the Board
Brandon G. Stranzl is currently a General Partner at Beaconfire LP. Prior to this position, Mr. Stranzl worked for First Pacific Advisors LLC, where he was focused on investments for the FPA Hawkeye Fund, a value-oriented long-short fund. Previously, Mr. Stranzl worked at ESL Investments Inc., the investment firm founded by Edward S. Lampert. Prior to ESL, Mr. Stranzl managed BGS Value Partners LP, a long-term value investing fund, and prior to BGS, he was a partner at Martin Whitman’s investment firm, Third Avenue Management LLC. Earlier in his career, Mr. Stranzl worked for Morgan Stanley Asset Management and Fidelity Investments.
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 Leshnjani is the Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer of the Corporation and continues to maintain a legal counsel role with the Corporation. Prior to this role, Mr. Leshnjani held several executive level positions with the Corporation including Executive Vice-President, Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel from September 2013 to November 2013, Executive Vice-President, Financial and Home Services, Human Resources and General Counsel from May 2013 to September 2013, Senior Vice-President and General Counsel from March 2011 to May 2013, Vice-President and General Counsel from February 2008 to February 2011, Interim General Counsel from August 2007 to January 2008 and Senior Corporate Counsel from June 2005 to August 2007. Mr. Leshnjani joined the Corporation in 2002 as Legal Counsel. Mr. Leshnjani has also been teaching Business Law since 2012 at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada.
President and Chief Merchant, Sears Canada Inc.
Carrie Kirkman is the President and Chief Merchant of the Corporation. Ms. Kirkman has over 25 years of experience in the Canadian retail fashion industry. Prior to this position, Ms. Kirkman held the position of Interim President, Nine West Canada and was President, Jones Apparel Group, Canada from October 2010 to April 2015. Her extensive experience in the Canadian apparel industry also includes senior roles with Hudson’s Bay Company from 2002 to 2010, and with Liz Claiborne Canada from 1997 to 2002. Ms. Kirkman is an active member of the Board of Directors for G(irls)20, a Vice President of the Board of Directors for The Canadian Club of Toronto, a member of the Humber College (Toronto) Program Advisory for the Bachelor of Commerce Fashion Management Program, and an Independent Director of the Board for Whitehouse Design Company.
Deborah E. Rosati
Deborah E. Rosati, FCA, ICD.D is a Corporate Director and Advisor focused on corporate governance and corporate strategy for emerging companies. Ms. Rosati is the President of her own management consulting firm, Deborah Rosati (formerly RosatiNet). 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 on the Board of Trustees, Brock University and Co-founder of Women Get on Board Inc.
Anand A. Samuel
Anand A. Samuel is currently an Analyst at ESL and assumed this position in May 2007. Prior to this, Mr. Samuel was an Associate Attorney in the Tax Group at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP from September 2005 to May 2007.
Graham Savage is a Corporate Director and serves on various Boards. From August 1999 to July 2008, Mr. Savage was Founding Partner of Callisto Capital LP, and its predecessor Savage Walker Capital Inc., both private equity firms. Mr. Savage was Chief Financial Officer and Director of Rogers Communications Inc. from March 1989 to November 1996. Mr. Savage has served as a Director of Canadian Tire Corporation, Alias Corp., FMC Financial Models Limited, Leith Technology Corp., Lions Gate Entertainment Corp., MDC Corp., Microcell Inc., Royal Group Technologies Limited, Sun Media Corp., Sun Times Media Group, Inc. and Vitran Corporation, among others.
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.