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Recently we learned that after thirty five long years, CEO of Mark Shale, Scott Baskin has decided to retire. Mark Shale is one of the oldest Chicago-based clothing retailers operating three locations in Oakbrook, Northbrook and 900 N. Michigan Ave announced last week that Baskin, the Chief Executive Officer, has retired from his current position as of July 1.
In addition to Mr. Baskin’s responsibilities as CEO, he led both the men’s and women’s buying team and oversaw the company’s sales, merchandising and marketing efforts and will continue to provide advisory services as an owner and active managing director. This comes on the heels of the recent hire of ex West Loop boutique owner, Maria Pinto who is the Woman's Creative Director for the brand.
Baskin has served 35 years as president and CEO to Mark Shale, a Chicago-based family-owned business for 80 years. Before entering the business world Scott, who also earned the ability to practice law from Northwestern University was Chief Legislative assistant to Congressman Abner Mikva. Scott has also served 14 years on the Board of Directors of Chicago Public Radio.
Allyson Lewis, VP of Merchandising and Marketing, says, “This is a great opportunity for Scott to pursue the civic and charitable interests that he’s been involved in for the last few years. We truly look forward to working with him on an advisory basis, and I am proud to be a part of the team that will shape the new Mark Shale.”
Although we're sure many co-workers, shoppers and Gold Coast community members are sad to see him move on in life we wonder if in his retirement he'll pursue his political interests which we began to see materialize earlier this year in the Aldermanic race for his home ward, the 46th Ward.
· Mark Shale [Official Site]