Our Company | Management

Heather Reisman – Chief Executive Officer of Indigo

Heather Reisman is the founder, Chair and CEO of Indigo, Canada’s largest book, gift and specialty toy retailer, and 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.

Heather 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 and Mount Sinai Hospital.

Ms. Reisman is the recipient of several awards including the Order of Canada; the WXN Top 100 Most Powerful Women; Waterloo Entrepreneur Hall of Fame, University of Waterloo; International Distinguished Entrepreneur Award, University of Manitoba; John Molson School of Business Award of Distinction, Concordia University; and the Desautels Management Achievement Award in recognition of her outstanding contribution to Canadian business and society. She is the recipient of Honorary Doctorates from Ryerson University (2006), Wilfrid Laurier University (2009), Mount Allison University (2010), St. Francis Xavier University (2013), McGill University (2017) and the Weizmann Institute of Science (2017). Ms. Reisman was inducted into the Canadian Business Hall of Fame in 2015.

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

Kirsten Chapman – Executive Vice President, E-Commerce and Chief Marketing Officer

Kirsten Chapman is responsible for the Indigo brand, for creating awareness and advocacy and for driving customer engagement through retail and digital channels. As Executive Vice President, E-Commerce, Kirsten drives the e-commerce selling and operations across all digital channels. As Chief Marketing Officer, Kirsten oversees the management of the brand, including consumer insights, loyalty, digital, programmatic marketing, and corporate affairs. From 2000 through 2010 Kirsten held positions at Watt Design Group, Cott Corporation, Roots and Pistachio. From 2010 to 2012, Ms. Chapman was a retail strategist for the specialty retail consulting firm, Joe Jackman Brands. Ms. Chapman rejoined Indigo in January 2013 as Executive Vice President, Online and Mobile. Kirsten holds a Bachelor of Economics degree from McGill University and lives in Toronto with her husband and 3 children.

Gil Dennis – Executive Vice President, Retail and Human Resources

Gil Dennis joined Indigo in December 2015 and 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. He also serves as a Board Director for the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation.

Gil has spent his entire 28 year 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, Gil worked at Best Buy for 10 years in various retail and human resource leadership roles.

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

Scott Formby – Chief Creative Officer

Scott Formby, Indigo’s Chief Creative Officer, joined the company in January 2013. Scott is responsible for the unmistakable look and feel of all things Indigo, including its private label items and ‘phygital’ experience. Scott leads Indigo’s creative teams at the brand’s Toronto Headquarters as well as the New York Design Studio.

Scott’s creative vision, innovative ideas and versatile design acumen have played a key role in Indigo’s transformation to a cultural department store. Prior to joining Indigo, Scott was the Global Creative Director at Frette, SVP + Creative Director at Lucky Brand and Senior Vice President + Creative Director, Apparel and Accessory Design at J. Crew.

Scott holds an AAS Degree from Parsons School of Design, a Masters of Business Administration from New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brown University.

Tod Morehead – Executive Vice President and Chief Merchandising Officer

Tod Morehead joined Indigo in October 2012 as Executive Vice President and Group General Merchandise Manager. In November 2017, Mr. Morehead was promoted to Executive Vice President and Chief Merchandising Officer and now leads the Company’s merchandising initiatives for all channels. He is accountable for identifying and growing the business as Indigo continues to transform into the world’s “First Cultural Department Store”.

Tod started his merchandising career at Macys West in San Francisco. After ten years with Macys, Tod started his own women’s apparel business in San Francisco called Mike & Tod. Since then, he has taken on increasing responsibility with several respected companies in the U.S. including roles as Vice President of Merchandising at Bath and Body Works, General Merchandise Manager of Dean and Deluca and Executive Vice President of Merchandising at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. Tod has a wealth of experience and success in building great retail brands and developing new retail business.

Tod holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California.

Bo Parizadeh – Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer

Bo Parizadeh was appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer in May 2016. He is responsible for all Information Technology functions at Indigo, including enterprise and customer facing applications, architecture and technology strategy, infrastructure and operations, and project management. He joined the Company in January 2013 as Vice President, Customer Solutions, overseeing the digital and retail technology groups. Prior to joining Indigo, Bo was at SapientNitro, a global technology consulting firm for over 6 years, where he was the Interactive Development practice lead for the north east and west coast business groups within North America. Throughout his time at Sapient, Bo worked with a variety of clients in the financial and telecommunications industries, before ultimately moving his focus to the retail industry where he worked with large brands such as Target, Under Armour, and Disney, building best in class marketing and e-commerce platforms.

Bo holds a Computer Engineering degree from the University of Toronto.


Hugues Simard was appointed the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the Company in June 2017.

Hugues is responsible for Indigo’s Finance, Accounting, Business Performance, Strategic Sourcing and Profit Improvement, Merchandise Financial Planning and Allocation, Internal Audit and Loss Prevention teams, as well as the Supply Chain function. Mr. Simard also serves as a Board Director for the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation and the Calendar Club joint venture.

Prior to joining Indigo, Hugues held the position of Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Videotron Inc. from July 2014 to May 2017. From March 2007 to July 2014, Mr. Simard held the positions of Senior Vice President, Development and Strategy of Quebecor Media Inc. and Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Sunmedia Corp., respectively, also within the Quebecor Group of Companies.

Hugues holds a Bachelors’ degree in Applied Sciences and Engineering from the University of Toronto and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Harvard Business School.