FTD appoints new CEO

Updated 3/26/2020 9:49 AM

DOWNERS GROVE -- Floral services company FTD named Charlie Cole its chief executive officer.

Cole recently was the first global chief e-commerce officer for Samsonite, while simultaneously serving as chief digital officer for Tumi, which was acquired by Samsonite. Prior to Samsonite, he held executive positions and led digital transformations at several companies, including Assembled Brands, a holding company providing talent and business development to emerging designers and companies focused on building lasting brands. He also provides advisory services to a number of companies operating in the e-commerce arena.


Cole holds a Bachelor's in Business Administration from the University of Washington. He has been a guest professor for their Master of Business Administration program for the last two years.

"As FTD focuses on managing through the current global crisis and looks to the future, Charlie's marketing and operational experience will enhance the investments FTD has made in improving the consumer experience and supporting our network of FTD florists," said Jeff Clarke, FTD's executive chairman.

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