Mike Early is the Senior Managing Director and Head of Information Technology at Build-A-Bear Workshop, the iconic experiential retail and intellectual property company that specializes in helping guests create customizable furry friends worldwide. Mike joined the company in 2014 and is responsible for technology strategy and execution. He is responsible for leading the effort to grow the company’s technology capabilities to support its strategic growth plan.

A retail veteran with more than 25 years of extensive experience in merchandising, finance, supply chain, and technology, Mike brings a business-centric view to technology strategy and strives to ensure clear business objectives are driving all technology decisions. Prior to joining Build-A-Bear, Mike held various executive positions at several notable national and international retailers including Macy’s, May Department Stores, Hudson’s Bay, Blockbuster and Laura Ashley. He received his Bachelor’s in Economics from the University of Connecticut and holds an MBA from the Olin School of Business at Washington University. Mike currently serves on the Board of Directors for National Retail Federation (NRF) CIO Council, Retail Touchpoints Advisory Board and Build-A-Bear Foundation.