Board of Directors

Biography PhotoCraig Leavitt
Non-Executive Chairman
Craig Leavitt

Craig Leavitt, 57, was appointed to the Board of Directors on January 4, 2018 and serves as our Non-Executive Chairman. He served as Chief Executive Officer and Director of Kate Spade & Company, a formerly publicly traded operator of global, multichannel lifestyle brands, from February 2014 until August 2017 when the company was acquired by Coach, Inc. From October 2010 until February 2014, he was Chief Executive Officer of Kate Spade New York, a division of Fifth ... 

Biography PhotoMaxine Clark
Director and Founder
Maxine Clark

Maxine Clark, 69, founded the Company in 1997 and served as our Chief Executive Bear until June 2013. She was our President from our inception in 1997 to April 2004, and served as Chairman of our Board of Directors from April 2000 until November 2011. She currently serves as Chief Executive Officer of the Clark-Fox Family Foundation. Prior to founding Build-A-Bear Workshop, Ms. Clark was the President of Payless ShoeSource, Inc. from 1992 until 1996. Before joining P... 

Biography PhotoRobert L. Dixon, Jr.
Robert L. Dixon, Jr.

Robert L. Dixon, Jr., 62, was appointed to our Board of Directors on February 12, 2018. Mr. Dixon has been the owner of The RD Factor, Inc., a digital and information technology consulting business, since December 2016. Mr. Dixon served as Global Chief Information Officer and Senior Vice President of PepsiCo, Inc., a publicly traded global food and beverage company, from November 2007 until April 2016 and as Senior Vice President until December 201... 

Biography PhotoSharon Price John
Director, President and Chief Executive Officer
Sharon Price John

Sharon John, 54, was appointed to the Board of Directors on June 3, 2013 in connection with her employment as Chief Executive Officer and Chief President Bear of the Company. From January 2010 through May 2013, Ms. John served as President of Stride Rite Children’s Group LLC, a division of Wolverine World Wide, Inc., which designs and markets footwear for children. From 2002 through 2009, she held positions of broadened portfolio and increased responsibility at Hasbr... 

Biography PhotoAnne Parducci
Anne Parducci

Anne Parducci, 56, was appointed to the Board of Directors on September 12, 2017. Since 2016, Ms. Parducci is the Principal and Founder of CaribouKids, LLC, an independent production company focused on acquisitions and content development of family targeted brands across direct-to-video, broadcast, streaming and social platforms. Prior to founding CaribouKids, Ms. Parducci served from 2004 to 2016 as Executive Vice President, Marketing of Lions Gate Entertainment Co... 

Biography PhotoSarah Personette
Sarah Personette

Sarah Personette, 39, was appointed to our Board of Directors on February 23, 2016. Since January 2018, Ms. Personette has been Chief Operations Officer of Refinery29, a digital-media and entertainment company for young women. From 2014 through 2017, she served as the Vice President of Facebook, Inc.’s Global Business Marketing team, responsible for providing clients with innovative and effective marketing solutions for their businesses. Prior to rejoining Facebook i... 

Biography PhotoMichael Shaffer
Michael Shaffer

Michael Shaffer, 55, was appointed to the Board of Directors in 2014. Since 2012, Mr. Shaffer has been Executive Vice President and Chief Operating & Financial Officer for PVH Corp., a publicly traded branded lifestyle apparel company, where he oversees the retail division, treasury, corporate finance, information technology, and logistics services. Mr. Shaffer joined PVH Corp. in 1990 as a Financial Budget Manager and has held numerous positions in the wholesale and retail divi...