As she settles into her new role as president of Jimmy Choo’s U.S. operations, Tanya Golesic reflects on the advice that’s driven her success in the fashion industry and the women who have inspired her along the way.
Biggest opportunity in my new role: “I couldn’t be joining at a more exciting time, as it’s Jimmy Choo’s 20th anniversary. [It’s an] opportunity to get our story out there to new customers while respecting the heritage of the past 20 years. I also want to position our brand for continued growth in North America with both our wholesale and direct-to-consumer channels. In addition, technology is becoming a huge driver of efficiency, and more customers are using it to shop. We have to embrace that.”
Best advice I’ve received: “Talent is important, but nothing replaces hard work. I learned this early at my first job at Nygård International, where I had a great mentor in [president and CEO] Jim Bennett. It’s [advice] I pass on now, especially to young people entering the business.”
Female mentors: “My very first was my mother. My parents were immigrants from the former Yugoslavia who fled communism for Canada. Finally having the freedom to pursue her dreams, my mother opened two successful retail stores. She worked endless hours and set the bar high so her customers were never disappointed. Another key mentor was Lynn Boyer, my first boss [at Nygård]. She taught me to never ask someone to do something you are not willing to do yourself. I embrace this point of view today — you can only be successful as a leader if your team supports you.”