Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, Inc.
Jim McCann is a highly successful entrepreneur whose vision and energy have helped grow 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, the company he founded in 1976, into the world's leading florist and gift company. McCann's focus on customer relationships and his willingness to embrace new technologies and business channels helped change the way flowers and other gifts are marketed for birthdays, anniversaries, holidays and special occasions.
McCann recognized early on the enormous potential in providing on-the-go consumers with the ability to express themselves and connect with the important people in their lives through top quality floral gifts combined with exemplary, personal service. McCann has also consistently managed to stay ahead of the curve in multi-channel retailing by embracing new technologies, such as 800 phone numbers and the Internet, often long before other retailers recognized the opportunities that these developments would provide both for business and consumers.
In addition to being the first company to have its 800-telephone number as its name – a marketing insight that helped solidify the brand in consumer's minds – McCann was a pioneer in online retailing – seizing the enormous reach of the Internet as early as 1991. Utilizing thorough knowledge of his customer base and market, McCann focused on expanding brand name awareness and instilling a sense of trust and convenience.
McCann's strategy for growth includes an effective combination of birthing new businesses and making acquisitions of businesses and brands that resonate with customers as great sources for exceptional gifts. One such new business is the BloomNet® wire service which provides retail florists with diverse resources such as website hosting, a comprehensive technology platform for retail store management and the industry's first and only online digital floral directory. On the acquisition front, McCann has expanded his company's gift offerings, and become a leading player in the Gourmet Food and Gift Baskets business, by acquiring such iconic brands as: Fannie May®, makers of gourmet chocolate and other confections; Cheryl&Co.®, creators of individually-wrapped fresh baked cookies, brownies and cakes; and The Popcorn Factory®, which offers gourmet popcorn and other snacks in exclusively designed collectible tins.
McCann attributes much of his success to the lessons he learned in his first career, in the social services. At St. John's Home for Boys in Rockaway, New York, McCann recalls, he helped underprivileged youths learn how to overcome the many challenges of their environment. His experiences greatly influenced his management style and prepared him to lead 1-800-FLOWERS.COM toward becoming one of the world's most successful multi-channel retailers.
McCann is a published author and award winning public speaker as well as a frequent guest on radio and television programs nationwide. In addition to serving as Chairman of the Board of Directors for 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, McCann is a member of the Board of Directors of Willis Group Holdings Limited and Gruppo Lottomatica.
Updated: January 22, 2009
Christopher G. McCann
President, 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, Inc.
Chris McCann is President of 1-800-FLOWERS.COM and is responsible for the Company's overall performance and direction. Under his guidance, 1-800-FLOWERS.COM has earned a reputation as one of the leading multi-channel retailers in the country. Additionally, McCann's role in building 1-800-FLOWERS.COM's e-commerce channel has helped accelerate the Company's growth and earned him speaking engagements at numerous interactive conferences and universities around the country.
McCann earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Marist College, Poughkeepsie, New York. Prior to his association with 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, he served as President of Flora Plenty, a floral retail chain. He serves on the Board of Trustees of Marist College.
McCann lives on Long Island with his wife and three children.
Geralyn R. Breig
President, Clarks, Americas
Geralyn R. Breig , age 52, has been a Director of the Company since January 2012. Ms. Breig has served as President of Clarks, Americas Region, a division of the global, privately held footwear company C & J Clark Ltd. headquartered in England since March 2014. Prior to Clarks she worked for Avon Products Inc. where she served as Senior Vice President and President of Avon North America and General Manager of Avon USA from 2008 to 2011. Prior to that, she was Senior Vice President & Brand President of Avon’s Global Marketing Business Unit from 2005-2008. Ms. Breig held several executive positions at the Campbell Soup Company from 1995 to 2005. She began her career in brand management for the Beauty Care Division at The Procter & Gamble Company and from 1986 to 1995, she held several managerial positions at Kraft Foods, Inc. Ms. Breig is currently a Director of Welch Foods Inc. since 2012 where she is a member of the Audit and Nominating and Governance committees. Ms. Breig also sits on the Board of Trustees of the Villa Maria School in Stamford, CT (a not-for-profit organization). She was a director of the Avon Foundation from 2008 until 2011 and served as a director and executive committee member for the Personal Care Products Council from 2008 to 2011.
Lawrence Calcano , age 51, has been a Director of the Company since December 2006. Since January 2014, Mr. Calcano is one of the managing partners of iCapital Network where he is responsible for the investor network and business development. Previously he was the Founder of i1 Biometrics, Inc., an information and technology company focused on the Sports and Military markets devoted to developing protection and performance products, and was its Chief Executive Officer from inception in July 2012 until its relocation to Seattle in October 2013. Mr. Calcano was the Chairman of Bite Tech, Inc. from January 2012 until July 2012 and was Chief Executive Officer from January 2010 until July 2012. Mr. Calcano was the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Calcano Capital Advisors, Inc., an advisory and investment firm focusing on the broad technology industry, established in June 2007 until January 2010. From 1990 to June 2007, Mr. Calcano was employed by Goldman, Sachs & Co, most recently serving as the co-head of the firm’s Global Technology Banking Group from 2002 until June 2007 and as the Co-COO of that group from 1997 to 2002. Mr. Calcano was previously a Director of the Company from July 1999 to December 2003.
James Cannavino , age 70, has been a Director of the Company since June 2007. Mr. Cannavino served as Chairman of the Board of Direct Insite from 2000 through 2011 and was Chief Executive Officer from December 2002 until May 2011. He continues to serve as a director. Direct Insite is a global provider of financial supply chain automation across procure-to-pay and order-to cash business processes. From September 1997 through April 2000, he was elected non-executive Chairman of Softworks, Inc. (a wholly owned subsidiary of Direct Insite, formerly Computer Concepts), which went public and was later sold to EMC. Mr. Cannavino was also the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Cybersafe, Inc., a company specializing in network security. Prior to Cybersafe, Mr. Cannavino was hired as President and Chief Operating Officer of Perot Systems Corporation; he was elected to serve as Chief Executive Officer through July 1997. Mr. Cannavino retired from IBM in 1995, a career that spanned 30 years, where he was Senior Vice President for Strategy and Business Development. Mr. Cannavino presently serves on the Boards of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and is the immediate past Chairman of The International Center for Missing and Exploited Children. He is a past chairman of the Board of Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York and continues to serve on that board.
Area Managing Partner KPMG, LLP, Retired, BankUnited Director
Eugene DeMark, age 67, has been a Director of the Company since January 2012. Mr. DeMark worked for KPMG LLP, a global professional services firm, from June 1969 until his retirement in October 2009. He served as the Advisory Northeast Area Managing Partner at KPMG from October 2005 until his retirement. During his career with KPMG, he served in various leadership positions including Area Managing Partner of the Information, Communications and Electronics Practice as well as Managing Partner of the firm’s Long Island office. While on special assignment at KPMG he worked on the research staff of the Commission on Auditors Responsibilities (the predecessor of the Treadway Commission) that was formed to assess increases in fraudulent financial reporting and developed KPMG’s first study guide on SEC reporting. Since his retirement, Mr. DeMark has been an independent consultant. Mr. DeMark has served on the Board of Directors of BankUnited, Florida’s largest independent bank, since 2010 and is the chair of the Audit and Risk Committee. He also serves on the Governance and Compensation committees of the Bank’s Board and is the Lead Director. He is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of New York.
Network Television Sports Analyst, Attorney at Law
Leonard J. Elmore , age 62, has been a Director of the Company since October 2002. Mr. Elmore has been a NCAA commentator for CBS Sports and ESPN for over 25 years. Mr. Elmore was the Chief Executive Officer of iHoops, the official youth basketball initiative of the NCAA and NBA from May 2010 until October 2011 and served as a Board Member from its inception in April 2009 until May 2010. Prior to joining iHoops, he was a Partner with the law firm of Dreier LLP in its New York City headquarters from September 2008 until February 2009. Prior to his employment with Dreier LLP in September, 2008, Mr. Elmore served as Senior Counsel with Dewey & LeBoeuf from October 2004 until March 2008. Prior thereto, Mr. Elmore served as the President of Test University, a leading provider of internet-delivered learning solutions for pre-college students, from 2001 to 2003. Mr. Elmore has served on the Board of Directors of Lee Enterprises, Inc. since February 2007 and is currently a member of their Audit Committee. Mr. Elmore continues to fulfill his commitment to public service as a Commissioner on the John and James L. Knight Foundation’s Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics.
Sean Hegarty , age 57, has been a Director of the Company since January 2014. Mr. Hegarty worked for Forbes Family Holdings, Inc. and its subsidiary, Forbes Media LLC from 1987 until 2011. Mr. Hegarty joined Forbes as the director of taxes, became the vice president of finance in 1998 and in 2003 he became the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer until he left the company in 2011. Currently, Mr. Hegarty is the managing partner of his own financial and tax planning consulting firm, Hegarty & Company. Mr. Hegarty began his career in 1979 with Ernst & Young LLP.
Senior Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer, Retired, Express Scripts, Inc.
As senior vice president, Larry is responsible for corporate marketing and the overall management of the Express Scripts brand. An accomplished orator with a strong background in experiential marketing, Larry's trademark has been the development and production of business theater on behalf of Express Scripts. These thought provoking and highly engaging programs allow Express Scripts to display the depth of its team while exploring and discussing the complex and dynamic pharmaceutical landscape. A frequent spokesperson for the company, Larry articulates Express Scripts' business model and vision of pharmacy benefit management for both external and internal audiences.
Under Larry's leadership, Express Scripts has moved to a centralized best-in-class approach to a multitude of sales-support functions. This has allowed for greater consistency and quality control across all prospect-facing materials, meetings and correspondence.
Larry Zarin came to Express Scripts in 1996 as president of Express Scripts Vision, the company's managed vision care subsidiary. In January 1998, after the sale of Express Scripts Vision, Larry moved to corporate, where he has taken a leading role in the successful integration of the company's numerous major acquisitions — including ValueRx, Diversified Pharmaceutical Services, NPA, CuraScript and Priority Healthcare.
Following graduation from the Newhouse School of Communications at Syracuse University, Larry worked for the mayor of Syracuse for five years before moving to entertainment marketing. Larry spent the next 15 years working with a long list of corporate clients, including CBS, Nickelodeon, Lever Brothers, HBO, Kraft Foods, Universal Studio Tours and others. Larry's relationship with Express Scripts began when the company retained the services of the consulting firm he headed from 1991 to 1996.