Scott Bowman is the founder and Chief Executive of Scott Bowman Associates. Scott’s diverse 30-year career in retail and brand management provides SBA clients with a wealth of strategic and pragmatic industry experience. Scott has led the SBA team effort to assess the existing business and create a new operating strategy for the international businesses of Polo Ralph Lauren; to upgrade the merchandise strategy and brand partnerships for The Parkson Group in Asia; to evaluate and model acquisition opportunities for private equity firms; to strategize international expansion opportunities for a number of brands; as well as to support brands to acquire and integrate strategically aligned businesses.
In addition to founding SBA, Scott has held several leadership positions in the retail and luxury brand industries, including CEO and general management, merchandising, planning, store operations, licensing and international markets management. Most recently, Scott was President of International Business Development for Polo Ralph Lauren. In this role, Scott balanced the responsibility for day-to-day management of Polo’s business in Asia Pacific and Latin America with his efforts to lead the organizations effort to acquire and directly operate Polo’s business in Asia. At Polo, Scott built and led the team that upgraded the international operations through an elevation of the assortments, presentations, store network and operating processes as well as leading the transaction teams to acquire for direct operations businesses in Japan and SE Asia, as well as negotiating new licenses with territory partners. These activities resulted in significantly enhanced financial results and brand control for Polo Ralph Lauren.
As Chief Executive Officer of Marc Jacobs International, an LVMH Moet Hennessey Louis Vuitton subsidiary, Scott was responsible for setting the strategic direction for this fast-growing luxury brand, as well as leading the effort to expand into new global markets and product categories. In this role, Scott led the effort to upgrade the company’s operating structure and business culture, presided over the launch and roll-out of highly successful new businesses, secured new regional operating licenses in Asia, expanded the successful operating license in Japan as well as establishing a number of new product licenses.
Before leading the Marc Jacobs team, Scott held principal-level positions with the world’s leading travel retailer, DFS Group Ltd., an LVMH majority owned subsidiary. In addition, Scott has held a number of senior positions in both retail and merchandising management, including President & CEO of I. Magnin, R.H Macy Company’s luxury division, Senior Vice President of Merchandise Planning at Macy’s West, Group Vice President, Director of Stores for Macy’s West, Vice President of Men’s Merchandising at Macy’s West and Executive Vice President of Bath & Body Works, a Limited brands subsidiary.
Scott has also served on numerous internal and external corporate boards and committees, including Polo Ralph Lauren Executive Committee, Talent Management Committee, Real Estate Committee and I.T Committee, DFS Group Executive Board, R.H. Macy Executive Committee, and the board of directors of The healthy Back and Stuart Weitzman, as well as numerous charitable and not-for-profit boards.