TOKYO, May 2013, Gilt Japan, www.gilt.jp, the innovative online Japanese shopping destination today announced it has appointed Joanna M. Dubin as Representative Director and CEO, effective June 1, 2013. Ms. Dubin is currently the General Merchandising Manager at Gilt Japan, and has been in this role since November 2010. Ms. Dubin is succeeding Peter Glusker, who has served as Representative Director and CEO since October 2010. Mr. Glusker will rejoin Gilt Groupe in the United States, and become Vice Chairman of Gilt Japan.
As General Merchandising Manager, Ms. Dubin was responsible for sourcing and communicating with Domestic and International women’s, men’s and children’s fashion brands as well as home wares for gilt.jp, many of which remain exclusive to Gilt Japan. During her tenure at Gilt Japan, over 2,000 brands were introduced and the overall sales were enhanced dramatically.
“I’m tremendously excited to be leading a young, dynamic Japanese company with a brand I believe in and a team I have groomed and grown with for the past two and a half years,” said Dubin. “Gilt Japan continues to exceed expectations as one of the most innovative online shopping destinations and I am looking forward to continuing to build on Gilt’s growth and success.”
Ms. Dubin comes from a strong fashion and merchandising background, having worked in New York at Coach as Senior Director of Merchandising for Online, Ralph Lauren as Senior Director of Merchandising for Japan and South East Asia, as well as Bergdorf Goodman buying European and American Designer collections.
"Joanna’s deep understanding of the Gilt Japan brand, coming from her experience at Gilt Japan over the years, as well as her ability to understand the Japanese consumer, made her the ideal choice for CEO,” said Peter Glusker. “We have worked together for nearly three years, and I am thrilled that she will be leading Gilt Japan to its next level of growth.”
“Under Peter and Joanna’s leadership we have seen tremendous growth of the Japan business over the last few years,” said Michelle Peluso, CEO, Gilt. “I have complete confidence in Joanna’s ability to lead the company moving forward.”
Ms. Dubin holds a Bachelor of Arts from New York University. She has a strong interest in charity, raising funds for HIV and AIDS as well as Alzheimer’s. Joanna fell in love with Japan in her early childhood, and leading Gilt Japan is the realization of a lifelong dream.
About Gilt Japan
Gilt, www.gilt.jp, is an innovative online shopping destination offering its members special access to the most inspiring merchandise and experiences everyday at insider prices. Gilt launches new, limited-time sales of the most sought-after products and most desirable brands in fashion, home décor and leisure. Launched in the USA in December 2007 and Japan in March 2009. In October 2011, Gilt entered into a joint venture with SoftBank Group for Gilt’s business in Japan. Gilt is the leader in the flash-sale space and has attracted millions of loyalists by offering them special access to coveted merchandise and experiences at insider prices.