Christie Hefner

Chairman, Hatch Beauty

Christie-Hefner

Christie serves as Chairman of Hatch Beauty, a brand and product innovation company.  Previously she served as executive chairman of Canyon Ranch Enterprises, a new division of the renowned wellness lifestyle company created to extend the Canyon Ranch brand into new areas via media and business partnerships.

From 1988-2008, Hefner was Chairman and CEO of Playboy Enterprises, Inc. making her the longest serving female Chairman and CEO of a U.S. public company.  During her tenure, she oversaw policy, management and strategy in all areas of the company.  For three years she was named to FORTUNE’s list of “Most Powerful Women.”

During her tenure, Hefner restructured the company, initiating its highly successful electronic and international expansions, including leading the company onto the Internet, making Playboy the first national magazine on the web.  She also greatly expanded the leveraging of the Playboy brand via licensing, generating close to $1 billion in annual global retail sales, 80% of them in women’s products.  When she left, over 40% of her executives were women.

She was a founding member of The Chicago Network, The Committee of 200, EMILY’s List, and the Chicago Chapter of Women Corporate Directors, and she was the first woman elected into the Chicago Chapter of the Young Presidents’ Organization.  She has served on the board of advisors for Springboard since 2007.

She also serves on the board of Luminary Digital, an e-learning startup and the Center for American Progress Action, the leading progressive public policy think tank.