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Restoration Hardware Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:RH) today announced the appointment of Dr. Leonard Schlesinger to its Board of Directors. He will also serve as the Chairman of the Board’s Compensation Committee. Dr. Schlesinger has held executive leadership positions at various retail and consumer brands, including Vice Chairman and Chief Operating Officer of Limited Brands from 1999 to 2007, and is an esteemed leader in academia having served for over 20 years as a Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School, and as the President of Babson College, which has been ranked #1 for entrepreneurship for 20 consecutive years.
Gary Friedman, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, commented, “We are thrilled to have Len join the RH Board. He is a true thought leader and we will benefit greatly from his wisdom and experience as we continue our pursuit of becoming one of the most innovative and admired brands in the world.”
“I am honored to join the RH Board and have the opportunity to work with this exceptional team,” said Dr. Leonard Schlesinger. “I look forward to contributing to the continued momentum and long-term success of one of the most innovative brands in retail.”
Dr. Schlesinger currently serves as a Baker Foundation Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School, leading courses in general management, organizational behavior, human resource management, and service management, a role he returned to in July 2013 after concluding a five-year term as the President of Babson College. Prior to his term at Babson College, he served in various senior executive positions at Limited Brands, most recently as Vice Chairman and Chief Operating Officer. While at Limited Brands, his areas of responsibility included operational and financial leadership of Express, Limited Stores, Victoria’s Secret Beauty, Bath and Body Works, C.O. Bigelow, Henri Bendel and the White Barn Candle Company. Previously, Dr. Schlesinger served as Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and Director at Au Bon Pain Co., Inc.