Only one of two women on Glassdoor’s “2014 Highest Rated CEOs” list, Sharen Jester Turney is the president and CEO of Victoria’s Secret, a $6 billion specialty retailer of lingerie and beauty products. Turney joined the company in 2000 as president and CEO of Victoria’s Secret Direct, the catalog and e-commerce arm of the brand. She assumed her current roles in 2006 and is responsible for overseeing the entire Victoria’s Secret brand, which comprises Victoria’s Secret Stores, Victoria’s Secret Direct, Victoria’s Secret Beauty, and Victoria’s Secret PINK.
Turney joined Victoria’s Secret from Neiman Marcus, where she has served as executive vice president for merchandising, creative production, public relations, and advertising; senior vice president and general merchandise manager for Neiman Marcus stores; and president and CEO of NM Direct, the company’s direct marketing division which includes the catalog and e-commerce businesses of Neiman Marcus, Chef’s Catalog, and Horchow. An alumna of the University of Oklahoma, Turney began her career at Foley’s and subsequently worked at Byer California and Federated Department Stores.
In addition to her responsibilities at Victoria’s Secret, Turney currently sits on the board of directors of Nationwide Children’s Hospital, the Jay H. Baker Retailing Initiative advisory board at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, the board of directors of M/I Homes, and the operating board of The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute. Additionally, Turney supports the Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts and the Family Violence Coalition at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.
A member of the Hall of Fame Business of Education at the University of Oklahoma, Turney received the 2005 Dr. Catherine White Achievement Award from HeartShare Human Services and the 2009 Hug Award, which is given to those in the fashion industry “with a heart.”