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Michael Gilson is an international leader with over 30 years in the fashion, apparel and home industry.  Mr. Gilson plays an integral role at Cormac Advisory Services LLC specifically focusing on due diligence, day to day operations and business strategies.  Prior to founding CAS he served as Vice President of Private Brands, Strategy and Global Sourcing Operations for Hudson’s Bay Company (parent of Lord & Taylor, Saks Fifth Avenue, Home Outfitters and Galeria Kaufhof).


Before Hudson’s Bay Company, Mr. Gilson served as the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer for Smart Apparel US, a men’s design and wholesale company, where he oversaw corporate offices as well as design, product development, logistics, corporate social responsibility and manufacturing operations in Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and the United States. Mr. Gilson also worked for over 20 years at May Merchandising Company and May Department Stores International, where he ultimately advanced to Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. His resume also includes stints at Deloitte and Berdon LLP as a senior audit manager.


Mr. Gilson earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Adelphi University in New York, where he graduated Cum Laude. He is also an accredited Certified Public Accountant.


Mr. Gilson serves on several boards, including Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production, an independent, objective, non-profit team of global social compliance experts dedicated to promoting safe, lawful, humane and ethical manufacturing around the world; LIM College, a school devoted to the business of fashion; World Affairs Council and the Gerson Lehrman Group. Mr. Gilson lived in St. Louis, Mo., Sri Lanka, Hong Kong and now resides in New York City.   

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