David Taiclet currently serves as President, Gourmet Food and Gift Baskets for 1800Flowers.com, Inc. 1800Flowers.com, Inc. is a leading internet consumer retailer of floral, food and gift products with revenues exceeding $900 million in 2008. Mr. Taiclet's current role includes responsibility for more than 1,000 employees, a growing collection of consumer food gift brands (including Fannie May Confections, Harry London, Cheryl&Co., The Popcorn Factory, The WineTasting Network, Ambrosia Wines, DesignPac Gifts and 1-800-Baskets.com, among others) and several manufacturing plants and distribution facilities located throughout the United States. Mr. Taiclet assumed his current position after serving as the Chief Executive Officer of Fannie May Confections Brands, Inc., which is a multi-branded retailer, wholesaler and manufacturer of confectionery products under the Fannie May, Fanny Farmer and Harry London brands.
Mr. Taiclet was the Co-Founder and Co-Owner of Alpine Confections, Inc. and in ten years grew Alpine Confections from $12 million in sales to $120 million, becoming one of the top 15 confectionery manufacturers and wholesalers in North America. Alpine Confections, Inc. was named Candy Industry Magazine's "Manufacturer of the Year" in 2005 and received numerous awards over its existence, including two that Mr. Taiclet is most proud – Employer of the Year by the Utah ARC (Association of Retarded Citizens) and Utah's most Family Friendly Large Company by the Governor's Employment Council for two years in a row. In May, 2006, 1800Flowers.com, Inc. purchased the holding company, Alpine Confections, Inc. and two of the five Alpine subsidiaries, Fannie May Confections, Inc. and Harry London Candies, Inc.
Previously, Mr. Taiclet worked for four years in the Strategy and Business Development Group of Cargill, Inc., an international marketer, processor and distributor of food, financial and industrial products. Mr. Taiclet spent a vast amount of time traveling internationally with a focus on various food and financial businesses in South America and Europe. Prior to his employment with Cargill and graduate school, Mr. Taiclet served four years of active duty in the U.S. Army, attaining the rank of Captain. Most of Mr. Taiclet's time on active duty was with the 4th Infantry Division.
Mr. Taiclet graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a B.B.A., Finance and also earned an M.B.A., with Second Year Honors, from Harvard University.