Jim Salzano

Jim is a proven leader with over thirty years of high growth multi-channel retail experience and a consumer centric perspective in brand building, developing culture, and leading successful teams. In July 2015, he was appointed CEO of Easy Spirit, a Sycamore Partners portfolio company.

Over the past few years, Jim has been an advisor to a number of organizations and business leaders, including Zappos, TOMS, TSG Consumer Partners, and Down Town Project in Las Vegas. In 1995, Jim joined Clarks Companies North America and was with the company for just over 18 years. Over that period, the business grew from $40M in 1995 to $1B in 2013 when he was President of Clarks Americas and a member of the Clarks Global Executive Leadership Team helping to implement their new global operating model.

Throughout his career, Jim has driven growth and profitability through a passion for scaling entrepreneurial culture, unifying people around common objectives, and creating sustainable value through purposeful differentiation. Clarks was renowned for its product and service and was honored with a number of industry awards from Footwear Plus, Footwear News, NSRA, and The Boston Globe’s “Massachusetts Top 100 Places to Work.” In addition, Jim has been recognized as one of “Footwear News Power 100.”

Jim also has a passion for serving the community. He is a past Chair of the Board for the Two Ten Footwear Foundation and a past recipient of the AA Bloom Award. At Clarks, he co-founded the First Step program, which provided internship opportunities to people with disabilities. First Step was aimed at ensuring that opportunities are accessible to all people with a passion to work. In 2010, Jim was asked by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick to provide a report outlining recommendations for a Public/Private partnership that would engage in initiatives to create greater access to employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

Jim is a regular public speaker on topics ranging from Leadership, Culture, and Career to Advocacy for Employment of People with Disabilities, and is a guest lecturer for the Executive MBA Program at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Jim is also a member of several Boards and advisory groups, including venture capital, not-for-profit, start-ups, and privately held companies. He resides in Greater Boston Area with his wife Shana and four children, Nathaniel, Luca, Caden, and Ryker.

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