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New Executive in Residence at Columbia Business School Brings Family Business, Retail Expertise

Columbia Business School (CBS) this week appointed a new Executive in Residence who will provide the school’s MBAs with insight and expertise gained through management of a three-generation family retail business.

Jack Mitchell, chairman and CEO of Mitchells/Richards/Marshs and Wilkes Bashford, was appointed CBS’s most recent Executive in Residence on January 4th. Men’s and women’s specialty stores in Connecticut, New York and California, Mitchells/Richards/Marshs and Wilkes Bashford are renowned for providing personal service and establishing strong relationships between employees and clientele.

“We are pleased to welcome Jack Mitchell to the Executives in Residence program,” Donald (Don) C. Waite III ’66, director of the Executives in Residence program since 2002, said in a statement. The program is one of the largest held by any business school, and his expertise in the management of family business and retailing will greatly enrich the program’s resources.”

Mitchell joined his family business, Ed Mitchell, Inc., after completing a BA at Wesleyan University and an MA at the University of California at Berkeley. Under his leadership, the company acquired Richards of Greenwich, CT, Marshs of Huntington, Long Island, and Wilkes Bashford of northern California. The stores became well known for employee engagement and retention as well as exceptional customer service and high quality merchandise. Beyond his management of the business, Mitchell since 2003 has also launched a career as a speaker and author, keynoting events for top corporations on employee engagement and customer service.

For more on CBS’s Executives in Residence Program, including a listing of other current Executives, click here.

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