Christiane Pendarvis

Christiane Pendarvis
Christiane Pendarvis
Co-President and Chief Merchandising and Design Officer
Savage x Fenty
Christiane Pendarvis is a customer centric, global C-suite executive with over 25 years of experience leading direct-to-consumer and omni-channel retail businesses. Her career focus has been in retail merchandising and general management, running $250M to $1B operating businesses with Fortune 500 brands such as Old Navy and Victoria’s Secret. Known for her ability to translate insights into business strategies, she has extensive strategic planning, assortment development, digital commerce and retail operations experience; and has driven large scale technology infrastructure projects including e-commerce re-platforms. Ms. Pendarvis approaches all her roles with compassion, humility and empathy, driving profitable growth and shareholder value by unlocking the power of people and diverse teams.

Energized by high growth environments, Ms. Pendarvis also has experience in start-ups and mid-tier companies. She excels in helping brands, teams and individuals grow and succeed in the face of rapidly changing industry dynamics. She currently sits on the National Retail Federation’s (NRF) Digital Council, is Chairperson of the Women of Color in Retail board and was previously a member of the Salesforce Commerce Cloud’s Client Advisory Board. She also has a long history of non-profit board service (National Black MBA Association Cincinnati Chapter, Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Episcopal Community Services of San Francisco).

Ms. Pendarvis earned a BA in Economics from Harvard University and an MBA from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina (Consortium for Graduate Study in Management fellowship program). She is passionate about increasing diversity and representation in the fashion industry and dedicates her time to mentoring women of color specifically. She currently resides in Los Angeles, CA with her husband and identical twin daughters.

Speaking in:

January 17
11:30 am12:15 pm
Special Events Hall, Level 1, The FQ Equality Lounge

Understanding and fostering a more diverse workforce is the first step. The next step is learning how to nurture and eventually unlock the true potential of this invaluable asset. Substantial research reveals that diversity brings many advantages to an organization: increased profitability and creativity, stronger governance, and better problem-solving. Employees with diverse backgrounds bring… Read more