Mark S. Light
Former Chief Executive Officer, Signet Jewelers
Director since 2013
•Nominating and Corporate Governance
•In 1978 joined Signet Jewelers, the world’s largest retailer of diamond jewelry (with over 3,500 stores including Kay Jewelers, Zales, Jared The Galleria of Jewelry, H. Samuel, Ernest Jones, Peoples and Piercing Pagoda) operating in North America and the United Kingdom
•Chief Executive Officer and Director of Signet Jewelers from November 2014 until his retirement in July 2017
•Various management positions including President and Chief Operating Officer, Executive Vice President of Operations and Division President while at Sterling Jewelers, Signet’s main US business
SKILLS / EXPERIENCE
•Led an international sales team to deliver a superior customer experience
•Led the development of start-up retail jewelry brand, Jared the Galleria of Jewelry to over $1 billion in annual revenue in 2017
•Led and managed many acquisitions while integrating synergies
•Led in the acquisition and integration of a large diamond-cutting factory in Botswana, Africa
•Led in the development of several exclusive international jewelry product brands such as Open Hearts by Jane Seymour, Neil Lane Bridal, and the Ever Us Two Stone collection to name a few
Kent State University and Ohio University
When Mark became Head of Sterling, he oversaw a tripling of the unit’s sales.
In his time at Signet, he oversaw a successful acquisition and integration of Zales, expanded its outlet channel by acquiring Ultra, made significant progress on the company’s OmniChannel strategy, realigned the organization structure and re- engineered and stabilized its ecommerce platform.
Mark is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Bedrock Manufacturing, which is the parent of two iconic American brands, Shinola and Filson.
OTHER PUBLIC BOARDS
•Signet Jewelers Limited (2014 – 2017)
2017: 96.7% | 2016: 87.7% | 2015: 88.2% | 2014: 99.9% | 2013: 98.1%