Anna Bakst has over 25 years of experience managing and cultivating businesses for American fashion houses. From 2018 to 2019 she served as Brand President and CEO of Kate Spade. Until January 2017, Ms. Bakst was Group President at Michael Kors. From 2003, Ms. Bakst drove the expansive launch and growth of Michael Kors Accessories and Footwear businesses – leading to Wall Street’s biggest public offering in fashion. In her role, Ms. Bakst led the global design, production, and merchandising teams and oversaw domestic wholesale distribution. Prior to Michael Kors, Ms. Bakst had a 12-year career at Donna Karan International where she held various positions including President of Accessories and Footwear. She received an MBA from Stanford University and a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University. In 2017 Ms. Bakst joined the board of Modern Meadow, Inc. and currently serves as its chairperson. Ms. Bakst is also a Visiting Associate Professor at Pratt Institute's Design Management Program.