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Wayne T. Meichner

Wayne is the President and Chief Operating Officer for the Polo Ralph Lauren Retail Group. His responsibilities include managing a $1.5 billion retail complex that includes Polo Ralph Lauren stores, Rugby stores, Factory Outlet stores and the ecommerce business. His management oversight spans across over 200 stores and 7,000 associates, and he is involved in all aspects of running the business with regards to buying, merchandising, store operations, marketing and real estate.

Upon joining Polo Ralph Lauren in 2002, Wayne was responsible for all Ralph Lauren full price stores in the United States, Europe and Japan. Over a five year period, Wayne and his team opened over 40 new stores both domestically and internationally, and was instrumental in expanding the Ralph Lauren retail presence particularly in Western Europe and Japan.

Prior to joining Ralph Lauren, Wayne enjoyed a 23 year career at Saks Fifth Avenue. After graduating in 1979 with a BS degree from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Wayne entered the Executive Training Program at Saks Fifth Avenue. Over two decades later, Wayne had multiple experiences in buying, planning and store operations, leading to the position of Executive Vice President of Merchandising prior to his departure for Polo Ralph Lauren.

Wayne continues to stay involved with Cornell, and has been an active member of the Business Advisory Council for the Undergraduate Business Program, and has also been a guest lecturer in several classes in the Applied Economics and Management program.

Wayne is married to Lisa, and has two boys; Jared, 15, and Justin, 12. He resides in New Canaan, CT, and remains active with lacrosse, coaching his boys, and playing when he can.