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Paul Gainer


EVP, Disney Retail
Disney Consumer Products
Paul Gainer was named executive vice president, Disney Retail, in May 2013. In this role Gainer leads the Integrated Retail organization that consolidates all retail channels into one seamless, integrated team across The Walt Disney Company, including the North America Disney Store business. He also directs the global retail Disney Store strategy in collaboration with regional and local Disney Store management.

Most recently, Gainer served as executive vice president, Global Disney Store since May 2012. Previously, he served as senior vice president, Disney Store North America since January 2011. Prior to that, he served as vice president and general manager of Disney Store since 2008, when Disney reacquired the retail chain, and vice president and general manager for Disney's North America e-commerce division. He joined The Walt Disney Company in 2002 as vice president of merchandising and planning.

He applies his 20 years of multi-channel, retail experience and professional expertise to ensure all of Disney's retail channels are aligned and fully maximized to best benefit the business.

Prior to joining Disney, Gainer was the vice president, general merchandise manager & operations for Babystyle, Inc. in Los Angeles, CA. Gainer also held the VP, GMM role twice before; from 1999-2001 at e-toys, Inc. in Santa Monica, CA and from 1994-1999 at Store of Knowledge in Cerritos, CA.

Gainer attended California State University, Fullerton with a degree in speech communications.

Speaking in:

Saturday Jan 14
8:45 - 9:30 AM
Hall D, Special Events Hall, Level 1
Get to know a high-level, well-known retail executive in this intimate chat as they explain to a former NRF scholarship recipient what inspires them to work in the retail industry and the passion that drives them to stay.