Jennifer Cyra is a transformational global leader with a consistent record of increasing revenue and profitability in Fortune 500 companies. She is a dynamic executive with a proven history of delivering consistent improvement to business results, and has extensive international experience in Asia, Europe and Canada.
Jennifer has 25+ years of experience leading business transformations in Fortune 500 Retail, Ecommerce and business-to-business companies. Her background includes international business, merchandising, private brand growth, product development and global sourcing. She is known for delivering sales and profit growth through innovative strategies paired with deliberate and consistent execution, and is a disciplined leader with a proven record of developing high caliber executives and teams.
As former Senior Vice President at Office Depot, Jennifer led the US merchandising team through a significant business transformation during the merger with OfficeMax, developing unified financial plans and organizational design on an aggressive timeline, directing new vendor and category strategies, and delivering millions to the organization through synergy cost savings. She subsequently led key merchandising and profit improvement initiatives for the international markets of Europe and Canada.
Prior to the merger of Office Depot with Office Max, she held the role of Senior Vice President, Merchandising for four years, and was responsible for the sales and profit performance of a multi-billion dollar business unit in Retail, Ecommerce and B2B channels. While in this role, she also deepened her private brand and global sourcing experience, running the private brand business unit including two Asian sourcing offices for an extended period in an interim role.
Before joining OfficeMax, she was responsible for a multi-billion dollar P&L as Vice President-GM for Sears Holdings Corporation and has over 20 years of apparel experience, including private brand product development and sourcing.
Jennifer was an instructor for Strategic Business Planning at Loyola University of Chicago’s Continuum program, and has been a Board member for St. Constance School, Chicago, for over six years. She is active in several professional networking organizations and is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.