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Krannert Executive Forum - Courtney Gordinier

Courtney Gordinier

Courtney Gordinier

Head of Global Merchandise Planning and Allocation
Salvatore Ferragamo

After earning her B.S. in Economics from Purdue's Krannert School of Management in 2003, Courtney Gordinier began her International career in Retail Planning as a Merchandise Planner with Target Corporation. As a new merchant she thrived in the direct application of trend logic, and statistical modeling cultivated while at Purdue, toward a product that could be touched, discounted, advertised, and returned, unlike the financial products managed by her peers and classmates.
Equipped with the teachings from a best-in-breed national retailer, she traded in the Minnesota snow for a piece of the mid-luxury accessories market in New York City. As both a leader, and a student of the business, she harnessed the incredible growth potential at Coach and Michael Kors; driving sales and profitability targets, strategic assortment edits, and key pricing initiatives. Among various roles, Ms. Gordinier managed the largest product categories, and the brightest talent across the Full Price, Outlet, and .com Retail Channels.

In the summer of 2013, Ms. Gordinier was recruited by Italian leather accessory brand, Furla, based in Bologna, Italy. Here she would assume her first global responsibility, implementing and teaching the “American” method of Merchandise Planning, Allocation, and Applied Business Analytics. Tasked with building an international team, infrastructure, tool-set, and company process, this experience proved to be the most pivotal in her career. In this role, she was required to navigate the nuances of managing a Global Retail Business, cultivate a new team and company philosophy, while simultaneously adapting to a vastly different cultural setting, both inside and outside the office.

Within three years, her hard work paid off and by early 2017 Ms. Gordinier was sought out by Italian luxury fashion house, Salvatore Ferragamo, to lead their organization through a similar evolution, while on a much larger size, scale, and legacy.

She currently resides in Florence, Italy, living la Dolce Vita, while steering this luxury brand through the unprecedented change which occurs when sound statistical analytics are applied to every beautiful pair of red, patent pumps (with their signature bow on top, of course)!