Karen Cho is vice president, corporate human resources at Designer Brands Inc.
(formerly known as DSW, Inc
). Karen leads Designer Brands’ talent teams in all phases of talent management including acquisition, leadership/organizational development, onboarding, training, succession management, executive assessment, and total rewards. Designer Brands is one of North America’s largest designers, producers and retailers of footwear and accessories. Karen’s teams supports HR needs across all Designer Brands businesses, including DSW, Camuto Group, Shoe Company/Shoe Warehouse and Affiliated Business Group.
Karen started her retail career 25 years ago as an Executive Trainee for May Department Stores. After 8 years in various Buying roles, she made the transition to Human Resources when joining Apple at the beginning of their retail journey. During 11 years with Apple, Karen led various Talent Acquisition teams and initiatives while developing many of the strategies and processes that helped Apple Retail scale to over 400 stores in 5 countries.