Full Name
Michelle Gass
Job Title
Chief Executive Officer
Speaker Bio
Michelle Gass is Chief Executive Officer of Kohl’s where she is responsible for the company’s long-term growth, profitability, and strategic direction—overseeing its 1,160 store base, e-commerce business, and 100,000 associates across the country. She is committed to building a strong purpose-driven culture and has accelerated the company’s diversity and inclusion efforts and ESG strategies and goals. Ms. Gass recently set a bold new vision for Kohl's—to be the most trusted retailer of choice for the active and casual lifestyle. During her tenure, she led the company’s efforts in becoming a leading omnichannel retailer, brought in and elevated notable national brand partnerships, and evolved Kohl's loyalty program into an industry-leading platform. As a champion of driving continuous reinvention for the future, she has forged new innovative partnerships with iconic companies, such as Amazon and Sephora, to anticipate the needs of families for today and for tomorrow.

Ms. Gass has more than 30 years of experience in the retail and consumer goods industries. She spent more than 16 years with Starbucks holding a variety of leadership roles across marketing, strategy, merchandising, and operations, including President of Starbucks EMEA. She began her career with Procter & Gamble.

Ms. Gass has received numerous professional honors, including being named to Fortune’s Most Powerful Women in Business and Businessperson of the Year lists and being named The Visionary 2020 by the National Retail Federation. She currently serves on the board for PepsiCo, Retail Industry Leaders Associates, National Retail Federation, and Children’s Wisconsin.

She received her undergraduate degree from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and an M.B.A. from the University of Washington
Michelle Gass