President and Chief Executive Officer
BJ’s Wholesale Club, Inc.
Laura Sen is President and Chief Executive Officer of BJ’s Wholesale Club, Inc. and serves as a member of its Board of Directors. Ms. Sen joined BJ’s in 1989 as Assistant Vice President, Manager of Logistics. Over the next few years she was promoted to Vice President, Logistics Director in 1991, Senior Vice President, General Merchandise Manager of Non-Food in 1993 and went on to become Executive Vice President of Merchandising in 1997. In 2003, Ms. Sen left BJ’s to work as an independent consultant and returned to the company in January 2007 as Executive Vice President of Merchandising and Logistics. She was appointed to the role of President and Chief Operating Officer in January 2008, and in February 2009 she was appointed to the role of President and Chief Executive Officer.
Ms. Sen has approximately 30 years of experience in the retail industry, a career she began in 1978 as an Executive Trainee at Jordan Marsh in Boston. Ms. Sen’s tenure with BJ’s began with Zayre Corporation in its discount store division in 1979 as the Assistant to the General Merchandise Manager. She continued to grow at Zayre holding various positions including Buyer and Assistant Vice President, Divisional Merchandise Manager. After Zayre Corporation sold its name plate to Ames Department Stores, BJ’s Wholesale Club, a Zayre subsidiary, was spun off as part of Waban, Inc. In 1997, BJ’s became an independent company.
Ms. Sen is an active member in the community serving on the Board of Directors of the Pine Street Inn, the largest homeless shelter in New England and on the Board of Directors of the 21st Century Fund, Brookline High School’s venture capital for education initiative. She also works with St. Coletta & Cardinal Cushing Schools of Massachusetts in Hanover, Massachusetts and is a volunteer tutor for ESL, English as a Second Language.
Ms. Sen received a Bachelor of Arts from Boston College.
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