Our Company | Management

Heather Reisman – Chief Executive Officer of Indigo

Heather Reisman is the founder, Chair and CEO of Indigo, Canada’s largest book, lifestyle and specialty kids’ retailer and the host of the podcast, Well Said. She is also the co-founder of Kobo, a leading global eReading company.

Ms. Reisman was born in Montreal and educated at McGill University.

For the first 16 years of her career, Ms. Reisman was Managing Director of Paradigm Consulting, the strategy and change management firm she co-founded in 1979. Paradigm was the world's first strategic change consultancy and pioneered many organizational change strategies still in use today.

Ms. Reisman is a former Governor of McGill University and of the Toronto Stock Exchange. She has served on many North American boards and continues to serve as a Director of Onex Corporation, Sinai Health and The National Library of Israel.

Ms. Reisman has co-executive-produced a number of important documentary films, including Emmy and BAFTA winning, The Social Dilemma, and Fed Up. The Social Dilemma explores the dangerous human impact of social networking, and has found resonance around the world having now been seen by over 100 million people. In 2021, Ms. Reisman co-authored Imagine It! A Handbook for a Happier Planet.

Ms. Reisman is an Officer of the Order of Canada and the recipient of eight Honorary Doctorates including from University of Toronto, McGill University, and The Weizmann Institute of Science. She has been included in the Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada; the Financial Times of London list of Top 50 Women in World Business; Waterloo Entrepreneur Hall of Fame, University of Waterloo; International Distinguished Entrepreneur Award, University of Manitoba; and the John Molson School of Business Award of Distinction, Concordia University. She also received the Desautels Management Achievement Award in recognition of her outstanding contribution to Canadian business and society.

In May 2015, Ms. Reisman was inducted into the Canadian Business Hall of Fame.

Ms. Reisman is married to Gerald Schwartz, Chair and CEO of Onex Corporation. She has four children and 11 grandchildren.

Peter Ruis – President

Peter Ruis was appointed President in February 2021.

Peter is responsible for leading the Executive Team, fundamentally reshaping Indigo as a Living with Intention company, and transforming the Indigo business model while elevating the brand and driving profitable growth.

Peter brings to Indigo a strong digital and omni-channel track record, with over thirty years of retail experience. He was most recently Managing Director of Anthropologie URBN Group (May 2018 – Jan 2021), where he shaped a unique position for the retailer as it expanded internationally. Prior to that, Peter was Chief Executive Officer of Jigsaw Group (Sept 2013 – June 2018) and held a number of executive positions at John Lewis culminating in the role of Executive Buying and Brand Director (Jan 2005 – Sept 2013). Peter also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Dunelm plc.

Peter holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in International History and Politics from the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom.

Gil Dennis – Chief Operating Officer

Gil Dennis was appointed Chief Operating Officer in April 2019.

Gil is responsible for driving customer-centric strategies and employee engagement that aligns with Indigo’s vision, values and culture. Additionally, Gil has overall responsibility for Indigo’s retail store operations, as well as the human resources, legal, store development and construction and real estate functions. Gil joined Indigo in December 2015 as Executive Vice President, Retail and Human Resources. He also serves as a Board Director for the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation.

Gil has spent his entire career in retail. From 2011 to 2015, Gil was Senior Vice President of Stores at dressbarn, a division of Ascena Retail Group. Prior to dressbarn, he worked at Best Buy for ten years in various retail and human resource leadership roles. Gil joined Indigo in December 2015 as Executive Vice President, Retail and Human Resources. He also serves as a Board Director for the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation.

Gil holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Management from the University of Phoenix.

ANDREA LIMBARDI – CHIEF DIGITAL OFFICER

Andrea Limbardi was appointed Chief Digital Officer in April 2021.

Andrea is responsible for leading Indigo’s digital modernization and transformation. She leads Indigo’s omni-channel digital touch points, e-Commerce sites including indigo.ca, indigo.com, and thoughtfull.co, digital product management and design, performance marketing, loyalty, customer intelligence, dropship and marketplace, corporate sales, and customer service.

Andrea has over 25 years of retail and hospitality experience. She has been with Indigo since June 2002, holding roles of progressive responsibility including leadership roles in retail stores, business development, category management, French business teams, and strategy including as Vice President of Eastern Canada and Senior Vice President of Strategic Initiatives. Andrea is the founder of thoughtfull.co, a site dedicated to making gifting easy and joyful.

Andrea holds an MBA from the John Molson School of Business at Concordia University in Montreal.

CRAIG LOUDON – CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER AND EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT, SUPPLY CHAIN

Craig Loudon was appointed Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President, Supply Chain in February 2019.

Craig is responsible for Indigo’s finance, accounting, internal audit, and loss prevention teams, and additionally leads Indigo’s supply chain function.

Craig has over 25 years of experience in senior finance and operations roles in the retail, manufacturing, transportation and management consulting industries. He has held progressively senior finance and supply chain roles since joining Indigo in August 2014. Craig also serves as a Board Director for the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation.

Craig holds an MBA from INSEAD, and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from McGill University.

Katharine Poulter – Chief Commercial Officer

Katharine Poulter was appointed Chief Commercial Officer in August 2021.

Katharine is responsible for leading Indigo’s merchandise, planning, global sourcing, product development and quality teams.

Katharine brings to Indigo a strong product development and merchant track record from Europe, with over 25 years of retail experience. She has held, amongst others, senior Commercial leadership positions as Group Head of Trading at Habitat, Group Head of Product Development and Branding at Home Retail Group, Category Director at Kingfisher, Commercial Director at Wilko and most recently as Chief Executive Officer of Laura Ashley. She began her career at Marks & Spencer.

Katharine holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Statistics and Managerial Science Techniques from the University of Cardiff in the United Kingdom.

Martin Thibodeau – Chief Technology and Information Officer

Martin Thibodeau was appointed Chief Technology and Information Officer in October 2021.

Martin is responsible for all information technology functions at Indigo.

Martin is a business and technology leader with over 25 years of experience in distribution and retail. He acquired his experience through operations at the local, North American and international level, in large companies such as Limited Brands (Victoria's Secret, La Senza, Bath & Body Works) and in several small and medium-sized enterprises based in Quebec, delivering innovative technologies for their respective businesses. Prior to joining Indigo, Martin held the position of Senior Vice President and Chief Technology and Information Officer for Groupe Dynamite.

Martin holds a Bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems from the University of Quebec at Montreal.