Interim CEO, Bluestem Brands
Lisa Gavales is the president and chief executive officer of Things Remembered, an omnichannel, 600-plus store retailer of personalized gifts headquartered in Highland Heights, Ohio. Most recently, Lisa was president of direct and chief marketing officer at Talbots. Prior to Talbots, Lisa was the executive vice president, chief marketing officer at EXPRESS, where she spearheaded the development of express.com, now a top 100 internet retailer. Lisa was instrumental in building the profile and presence of the brand and contributed to the launch of EXPR on the New York Stock Exchange. Lisa’s expansive career also includes many years at Bloomingdale’s, where she led the planning and marketing teams, became a general merchandising manager, and started bloomingdales.com. In honing her skills as a dynamic change agent early on, Lisa started in Macy’s training program and then spent several years as a management consultant. A native New Yorker, Lisa is enjoying her third tour of Ohio.