Individually we're dreamers; together we're creators
Meet our executive team
President & CEO
Chief Customer Officer
Chief Technology Officer
Vice President, Merchandising - Garage
Sandra Da Silva
Vice President, Merchandising - Dynamite
Vice President, Sourcing
Vice President, E-commerce
Vice President, Marketing
Vice President, Creative Services
Vice President, Real Estate
Vice President, Transformation & Logistics
Vice President, Commercial Operations
Sarah Paula Brami
Vice President, Talent & Culture
Vice-President, Legal & Corporate Secretary
Meet our board
Andrew Lutfy, Chairman of the Board
Andrew Lutfy started his career as a stock clerk in 1982 at the very first GDI store and is today the sole owner, President and Chief Executive Officer of GDI. In 2012, Andrew co-founded the property development and management powerhouse, Carbonleo, where he serves as President & Chief Executive Officer. Andrew has been recognized with the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2007 and the Distinguished Retailer of the Year Award in 2016. He is a dedicated philanthropist and serves as Capital Campaign Cabinet Co-Chair of Cedars Cancer Foundation, was Co-Chair of the record-breaking 2019 Centraide campaign, and has instilled across GDI a strong sense of commitment to our community and charity organizations.
Chris Arsenault, Director
Chris Arsenault has built extensive management experience in high-tech industries, where he honed his skills in business development, strategic planning, venture growth, and scaling operations, as co-founder, President & CEO of Inovia Capital, and as a director on the boards of AppDirect, Poka, Super.com, Talent.com, LifeHouse; and until recently, Lightspeed, Luxury Retreats, Reflex Photonics, and Well.ca. Chris is also a board member of the Montreal Heart Institute Foundation, and of Forum AI Québec, and a Charter Member of Silicon Valley-based The C100.
Ash EIDifrawi, Director
Ash ElDifrawi is a recognized expert and leader in customer experience. He is currently Chief Smile Officer at the Aspen Group and previously served as Chief Marketing and Customer Experience Officer at Redbox, Chief Commercial Officer at Gogo, Chief Marketing Officer at Hayneedle, and Senior Director at Google. Earlier in his career he was a consultant at McKinsey & Company after completing a doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Chicago School of Psychology. Ash sits on the board of the Illinois Technology Association (ITA) and recently published his first book entitled The Ten Worlds: The New Psychology of Happiness.
Andy Janowski, Director
Andy Janowski brings a wealth of experience in the fashion industry, notably as current board member at TechStyle Fashion Group, and previously as Chief Executive Officer of J. Hilburn, Chief Executive Officer of Smythson, Chief Operations Officer at Burberry, Vice President at Gap Inc., Chairman of the Board at J. Hilburn, Chairman of the Board at Zachary Prell, and director of the board at Escada.