Wayfair`s legal team is led by General Counsel, Enrique Colbert, and Deputy General Counsel, Andrew Oliver. The team, which includes both core legal and compliance functions, is primarily based in Boston, with two team members supporting the EU legal function from Wayfair`s European headquarters in Berlin. To learn more about Wayfair`s management team, visit: www.wayfair.com/v/about/meet_the_team Enrique Colbert is Wayfair`s General Counsel. Prior to Wayfair, Mr. Enrique was General Counsel at Aveksa, Inc., an enterprise software company based in Waltham, MA, which was acquired by EMC Corporation in 2013. Prior to Aveksa, Enrique was General Counsel at Blue Cod Technologies, an IT and business process software and outsourcing company based in Marlborough, MA. Enrique began his legal career at the law firm Goodwin Procter in Boston. Enrique earned a B.A. from Dartmouth College and a J.D. from Boston College Law School.
Wayfair is seeking legal advice to support its growing business. This lawyer will be a generalist who will contribute in all areas and day-to-day legal issues. The lawyer in this role reports to the Deputy General Counsel and must be able to think strategically and apply critical judgment. He or she will play a practical role in cross-functional projects of all shapes and sizes. As a member of a small legal group in which all members contribute at all levels, this lawyer must master both the big and the small picture. “Wayfair`s legal team is thrilled to launch this sponsorship partnership with the Boston Bar Association. We look forward to taking advantage of BBA`s educational and programming opportunities and becoming more involved in Boston`s legal community. To all our in-house lawyers, please do not hesitate to contact you and say hello – we would love to hear from you! ” said Alison Vallot, Legal and Real Estate Advisor at Wayfair.
Wayfair lawyers actively participate in BBA continuing education programs organized by the BBA chapters and the In-House Counsel Forum. Mike Licker, Wayfair`s Head of Litigation and Investigations, is a member of the Public Interest Leadership Program and currently a member of the BBA White Collar Crime Section Steering Committee. Steve Conine is the co-founder and co-chair of Wayfair, one of the world`s largest destinations for furniture, housewares, home improvement and more. Steve leads the many innovations that give Wayfair a technological edge in online retail, from developing architectural software systems to leveraging next-generation technologies such as augmented reality and artificial intelligence. Margaret LawrenceVice President, Wayfair Professional and Perigold Niraj Shah is CEO and Co-Chairman of Wayfair. Niraj co-founded Wayfair with Steve Conine in 2002, and the couple quickly grew the company to become the largest online retailer of furniture, housewares and home improvement items in the United States, generating $13.7 billion in net sales for the full year 2021. Wayfair operates in North America and Europe and employs approximately 17,000 people. Wayfair`s family of brands includes Wayfair, Joss & Main, AllModern, Birch Lane, Perigold and Wayfair Professional.
Steve graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. in mechanical engineering. Prior to founding Wayfair, Steve co-founded Spinners Incorporated, an IT services company. Spinners has provided custom application development services to Fortune 500 companies such as AOL Time Warner, The New York Times, JP Morgan Chase and Merrill Lynch. Steve has been instrumental in the development of all of the technology solutions developed by Spinners. He led Spinners to revenue and net profit growth of 300% per year while maintaining a net profit margin of 30%. In 1998, Spinners was sold to iXL, a publicly traded global technology consulting firm. In his spare time, Steve is a competitive mountain biker who travels abroad to participate in races. When he`s not running, he`s home finishing another carpentry project – a hobby he`s been doing since he was 13. In addition to woodworking and mountain biking, Steve enjoys several other outdoor activities such as wakeboarding, ice carving, stand-up paddleboarding and quad copter flying.
Wayfair is and always has been a Boston company. Co-founders Steve Conie and Niraj Shaw founded Wayfair on a tight budget in a guest bedroom at Steve`s Boston home. In 2011, Steve and Niraj took a big leap and moved all of their ecommerce websites to a mega-destination for the home, calling it Wayfair. By the following year, Wayfair had generated more than $600 million in annual sales and was fast becoming a household name, offering millions of products in a variety of styles and prices. The company employed more than 16,000 people as of December 31, 2020, operates in North America and Europe, and is still headquartered in Boston. Thomas Netzer is responsible for growing Wayfair`s service organization, overseeing CastleGate`s warehouse operations and supply chain functions, and driving Wayfair`s product innovation. Prior to joining Wayfair, Thomas was a partner at McKinsey for 15 years. During his tenure at the management consulting firm, he focused on the transportation and infrastructure sector and was co-head of McKinsey`s global logistics practice.
Thomas holds a PhD in Business Administration and a degree in Business Administration from the University of Cologne. Jeremy SharrardVice President, Showcase and Marketing Performance Prior to leading the talent role, Kate led the firm`s investor relations team, where she led all communications and external investor relationship development and led the company through its initial public offering (IPO) in 2014. Previously, Kate spent nearly five years as an investor at Bain Capital, the Boston-based private equity firm. She began her career in consulting at McKinsey & Company. Kate holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.A. from Yale University. Today, Steve serves on the Board of Directors of CarGurus, a leading global online automotive marketplace. Steve leads the overall strategy and execution of Wayfair`s global retail business and oversees Wayfair`s marketing, branding, sales, merchandising, category management and pricing functions. Steve joined Wayfair in 2009 from River West Brands, where he was part of the leadership team of an early-stage company focused on acquiring and remarketing dormant consumer brands. Steve previously served as Senior Director at FutureBrand Worldwide.
Steve holds a B.A. from Hamilton College and an M.B.A. from Northwestern University. Adam SinowayVice President, Global Head of Category Management If you have any questions or would like to contact BBA`s press office, please contact: Fiona Tan is Wayfair`s Chief Technology Officer and leads a global innovation team responsible for creating market-leading experiences through its world-class e-commerce platform. Prior to Wayfair, Fiona was Senior Vice President of U.S. Technology at Walmart, where she was responsible for innovation and technical execution that included the website, mobile app, and all partner and merchant technologies in e-commerce and stores in the United States. Previously, she served as Senior Vice President of Client Technology and Vice President of Engineering. Prior to Walmart, Fiona held various leadership positions at Ariba, where she led a global engineering organization responsible for the strategy, lifecycle and deployment of Ariba Commerce Network and TIBCO Software. Fiona holds a master`s degree in computer science from Stanford and a bachelor`s degree in computer science and engineering from MIT. Margaret oversees Wayfair Professional, which focuses on the unique and sustainable needs of our business customers, as well as Perigold, the first destination of its kind for luxury furnishings and décor. Most recently, Margaret was Director of Services at Motus, a SaaS reimbursement company.
Prior to Motus, Margaret was Chief of Staff for Google`s Small and Medium Business Organization for the Americas, where she led strategy and operations for the region. Previously, she led Google`s North American SMB teams and the SMB team in Cambridge, MA. Prior to Google, Margaret was a partner at Pilot House Ventures, a Boston-based early-stage venture capital firm. She has led the investment process for a number of technology start-ups and served on the Board of Directors. Margaret began her career in finance, first at Lehman Brothers in investment banking, then joined a small investment bank that provides financial advisory services and invests in startups. Margaret holds a bachelor`s degree from Williams College and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Kate GulliverChief Financial Officer and Chief Administrative Officer Jens Uwe is responsible for the growth and performance of Wayfair`s European business and is a member of Wayfair`s Global Commercial Leadership Team.