NBA All-Star James Harden Appointed to Saks Board
Saks has appointed NBA All-Star, entrepreneur and investor, James Harden, as an independent member of its board. The NBA star, who has made a minority investment in the company, brings expertise in helping to grow high-potential consumer brands combined with a unique perspective as a notable fashion enthusiast. His appointment marks the latest milestone of Saks’ strategy to become the preeminent luxury ecommerce platform.
He is a leading American professional basketball player for the Brooklyn Nets. In addition, he has a proven track record as a successful investor and forward-thinking entrepreneur focused on consumer, sports and entertainment businesses. His portfolio includes minority ownership of Major League Soccer’s Houston Dynamo and the National Women’s Soccer League’s Houston Dash, as well as stakes in various brands, including Therabody, BodyArmor, Art of Sport, Stance and Pura, where he serves as Creative Director. Harden is also the founder of Thirteen, a Houston-based fine dining restaurant.
Saks’ Executive Chairman, Richard Baker said,
“As we work to build this new board, James is an important and valuable addition. With experience in growing businesses and as someone who values self-expression through fashion, I am confident that he will bring a distinct point of view that will help us better deliver for our customers. His expertise, combined with that of our other board members, will enable Saks to further capitalize on the significant growth opportunity within luxury ecommerce.”
“I am honored to join the Saks board and to be a part of a company that is paving the future of luxury retail. This is an exciting opportunity for me to combine two of my personal passions – a love of fashion and teaming up with brands that have the potential to lead while making an impact on the communities they serve. I look forward to working with the Saks team, and to having a direct impact on the company’s future success, the fashion community and its customers.”
Congrats to him!