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. He served as Chief Executive Officer of Kate Spade & Company, a 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 & Pacific Companies, Inc. He served as Co-President and Chief Ope... 

Biography PhotoMaxine Clark
Director and Founder
Maxine Clark

Maxine Clark, 68, 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. (“Payless”) from 1992 until 1996. Befo... 

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 Decemb... 

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

Sharon John, 53, 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 Entertai... 

Biography PhotoSarah Personette
Sarah Personette

Sarah Personette, 38, was appointed to our Board of Directors on February 23, 2016. As the Vice President of Facebook Inc.’s (“Facebook”) Global Business Marketing team, Ms. Personette is responsible for providing clients with innovative and effective marketing solutions for their businesses. Prior to rejoining Facebook in 2014, she led Universal McCann Worldwide, Inc.’s (“Universal McCann”) agency operations in the United States where, as President of the creative m... 

Biography PhotoColeman Peterson
Coleman Peterson

Coleman Peterson, 68, has served on the Board of Directors since 2005. Mr. Peterson is President and Chief Executive Officer of Hollis Enterprises LLC, a human resources consulting firm, which he founded in 2004 following his retirement from Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (“Walmart”). Mr. Peterson served as the Executive Vice-President of People at Walmart from 1994 to 2004. Prior to joining Walmart in 1994, Mr. Peterson spent 16 years with Venture Stores, with his last role ... 

Biography PhotoMichael Shaffer
Michael Shaffer

Michael Shaffer,54, 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 divis... 

Biography PhotoBarney Ebsworth
Director Emeritus
Barney Ebsworth

Barney Ebsworth,, 82, has served on the Board of Directors from 2000 until he became a Director Emeritus after our 2006 annual meeting of stockholders, and he served on an advisory board to our predecessor entity prior to that time. Mr. Ebsworth is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Windsor, Inc., formed in 1979 for the purpose of providing financing for venture capital, real estate and other investments. Mr. Ebsworth was the founder and Chief Executive Offi...