Background

John Kinsella has three decades of executive line management and senior consulting experience with multichannel corporations. His expertise includes brand creation and development, multichannel retail management, strategic planning, merchandise planning, operations management and organizational change.

Previously, as a Managing Director at Urban Outfitters, John developed the brand strategy, launched and grew the innovative garden lifestyle retail concept, Terrain, including the customer experience, merchandising, organizational development, real estate, store design, operations, direct marketing and public relations. Terrain’s business channels included a 5-acre retail nursery and home store, an award-winning farm-to-table restaurant, a landscape design studio and an e-commerce site.

John has held other senior management roles at Smith & Hawken, Williams-Sonoma, Banana Republic and Gap, Inc. He as worked with many well-known brands to develop strategies and tactics, analyze merchandise and marketing programs, and implement operational and technology improvements. His client roster includes Home Depot, Nike, Anthropologie, Design Within Reach, Cabela’s, Sur La Table, Martha Stewart Omnimedia, Sundance and Illuminations.

John holds a BS degree from the University of California, Berkeley.

 

In addition to consulting work with major brands, John has also held the following executive level positions:

Urban Outfitters, Inc.
Managing Director, Terrain
Responsible for all aspects of the brand strategy development, launch and growth for the innovative garden lifestyle retail concept, including the customer experience, merchandise assortment, organizational development, real estate, store design, operations, direct marketing and public relations. Business channels include a 5-acre retail nursery and home store, award-winning farm-to-table restaurant, landscape design studio and e-commerce site.

Smith & Hawken
Senior Vice President, Catalog Marketing and Organizational Development and
Vice President of Merchandising Operations

Responsible for all aspects of the catalog marketing strategy, including operations, circulation planning and printing. Directed all aspects of organizational development for store and corporate employees. Directed the operations of foreign buying offices worldwide.

Williams-Sonoma, Inc.
Director Global Sourcing Operations, Director Inventory Management
Directed all aspects of inventory management and planning for five catalog concepts: Williams-Sonoma, Pottery Barn, Hold Everything, Gardeners’ Eden and Chambers. Directed the sourcing operations for 16 international buying offices and imported over $140 million in merchandise annually.

Banana Republic
Manager of Planning and Distribution, Merchandise Planner, Planning Analyst
Responsible for all aspects of planning and allocation for the catalog and 110 stores nationwide.

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