Co-President & Chief Merchant
Savage X Fenty
Christiane Pendarvis is a customer centric, global C-suite executive with over 25 years of experience leading direct-to-consumer and omni-channel retail businesses. Her career focus has been in retail merchandising and general management, running $250M to $1B operating businesses with Fortune 500 brands such as Old Navy and Victoria’s Secret. Known for her ability to translate insights into business strategies, she has extensive strategic planning, assortment development, digital commerce and retail operations experience; and has driven large scale technology infrastructure projects including e-commerce re-platforms. Ms. Pendarvis approaches all her roles with compassion, humility and empathy, driving profitable growth and shareholder value by unlocking the power of people and diverse teams. She sits on the board of directors for Hootsuite and Savage x Fenty and is a member of Techstyle Fashion Group’s Executive Committee.
Ms. Pendarvis is Co-President / Chief Merchandising and Design Officer for Savage x Fenty. Under her leadership, the company delivered 200% revenue growth in 2020 and successfully closed a $115M Series B financing round in 2021. She is accountable for revenue, profit and customer retention and reports directly into the co-founders of Techstyle Fashion Group. Previously, Ms. Pendarvis was with FullBeauty Brands, a leading direct to consumer multi brand apparel company, where, as SVP E-commerce and Marketplaces, she had P&L responsibility for 80% of the company’s $800M in annual revenue. She drove rapid growth of the marketplace channel, doubling the business in less than two years. Her scope of experience is wide, having managed businesses across women’s and men’s apparel, intimate apparel, beauty, consumer electronics and consumer packaged goods.
Energized by high growth environments, Ms. Pendarvis also has experience in start-ups and mid-tier companies. She excels in helping brands, teams and individuals grow and succeed in the face of rapidly changing industry dynamics. She currently sits on the National Retail Federation’s (NRF) Digital Council, is Chairperson of the Women of Color in Retail board and was previously a member of the Salesforce Commerce Cloud’s Client Advisory Board. She also has a long history of non-profit board service (National Black MBA Association Cincinnati Chapter, Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Episcopal Community Services of San Francisco).
Ms. Pendarvis earned a BA in Economics from Harvard University and an MBA from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina (Consortium for Graduate Study in Management fellowship program). She is passionate about increasing diversity and representation in the fashion industry and dedicates her time to mentoring women of color specifically. She currently resides in Los Angeles, CA with her husband and identical twin daughters.