David F. Dyer, President & Chief Executive Officer, Chico's Fas Inc., and Harold D. Reiter, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Herbert Mines Associates, are in conversation.
David Dyer is a successful retailing executive with more than 37 years of experience, primarily in the apparel business.
Mr. Dyer currently serves as President, Chief Executive Officer, and Director of Chico’s FAS Inc., a $2.2 billion NYSE-listed women’s specialty retail company. The company operates four brands—Chico’s, White House-Black Market, Soma Intimates, and Boston Proper—that offer private branded, sophisticated, casual-to-dressy apparel, intimate apparel, complementary accessories, and gift items.
Prior to joining Chico’s, Mr. Dyer served as President, Chief Executive Officer, and a member of the board of directors of Tommy Hilfiger Inc.
Previously, Mr. Dyer served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Lands’ End and served on the company’s board of directors. Following the company’s sale in 2002 to Sears Roebuck and Company, Mr. Dyer was appointed Executive Vice President of Sears Direct and The Great Indoors and became a member of the executive committee, in addition to retaining his responsibilities at Lands’ End.
Mr. Dyer was a consultant at TPG and, while in this capacity, served as Acting President of J. Crew Catalog.
Mr. Dyer began his career as an executive trainee with Burdines department stores in Miami and rose through the ranks over 17 years to become Senior Vice President of Merchandising and Marketing. After leaving Burdines in 1979, he held executive positions at Lands’ End, including Managing Director of the Home Division, Executive Vice President and Vice Chairman, and served as Chief Operating officer and President of Home Shopping Network.
Mr. Dyer received his bachelor’s degree in engineering from Vanderbilt University in 1971, and in 2005, he was named a distinguished alumnus of the Vanderbilt School of Engineering.
Harold D. Reiter is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Herbert Mines Associates. He joined the firm in 1993 as President, became Chief Executive Officer in 1998 and Chairman in 2004.
Mr. Reiter specializes in CEO and board-level positions for large public and privately held retail and consumer product companies. Boards of directors and CEOs regularly call upon him for succession planning and compensation consulting. In 2008, BusinessWeek selected him as one of the “100 Most Influential Headhunters” in the world.
Mr. Reiter entered the search business in 1986 at Korn/Ferry International and was named Partner two years later. After leaving the firm in 1990, he joined Butler Capital Corp., a private equity firm with more than 20 portfolio companies. As Recruiting Managing Director, he oversaw management changes in the portfolio companies and participated in due diligence for acquisitions.
Earlier, after graduating from law school, he worked at Arcata Corp.— at that time one of the country’s largest printers of books, magazines, and catalogs—as a corporate attorney and member of the management staff.
Mr. Reiter is a graduate of the University of Oregon and Lewis & Clark Law School. He is Chairman of the William Alanson White Institute of Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis, & Psychology.