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Mike Early, Build-A-Bear

Mike Early is the Senior Managing Director, Head of Information Technology at Build-A-Bear Workshop, a global company that specializes in helping guests create customizable furry friends in stores and online. In his role, Mike is responsible for technology strategy and execution and is leading the effort to rebuild the company’s technology capabilities to support its strategic growth plan. Most recently, Build-A-Bear completed a new ERP integration and redesigned and implemented a new ecommerce platform.

Mike is a retail veteran with more than 25 years of extensive experience in merchandising, finance, supply chain, and technology. He brings a business-centric view to technology strategy and strives to ensure clear business objectives are driving all technology decisions. Prior to Build-A-Bear, Mike held various executive positions at several national and international retailers, including Macy’s, May Department Stores, Hudson’s Bay, Blockbuster and Laura Ashley. He received his Bachelor’s in Economics from the University of Connecticut and holds an MBA from Washington University.

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