Mr. Kaness is a senior retail executive with over 10 years of multi-disciplinary leadership experience at some of the most innovative lifestyle brands in the world. He was most recently the Chief Strategy Officer for Urban Outfitters, Inc. (Nasdaq: URBN), an innovative specialty retailer with global annual revenues more than $3B, where he operated a portfolio of multi-channel experiential lifestyle brands – including the eponymous Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, Free People, Terrain and BHLDN - as the lead corporate executive focused on growth and innovation for over 7 years. Prior to joining URBN in 2007, Matt worked at Burton Snowboards in Burlington, VT, where he led a multi-year business transformation primarily focused on category management, product development, sourcing and supply chain.
Mr. Kaness is currently an elected member of the Board of Shop.org, the Digital Division of the National Retail Federation (NRF) trade group, based in Washington, D.C., as well as a Board Director for the Vetri Foundation for Children (VFFC), based in Philadelphia, a non-profit promoting healthy living to children through school-based programs. Mr. Kaness holds an MBA from the Darden Graduate School of Business at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. Matt and his wife Theresa have three children and reside in Yardley, PA.