Christie Hefner
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Christie Hefner

Chairperson, Hatch Beauty; fmr CEO, Playboy

A seasoned professional with more than thirty years of experience at executive levels in both public and private companies, as well as multiple public company directorships. Christie currently serves as Chairman of Hatch Beauty, a personal care branding, product development and manufacturing company. She is also on the board of Luminary Digital, a young e-learning company.

Previously she served for four years as Executive Chairman of Canyon Ranch Enterprises, a new division of the renowned wellness lifestyle company created to extend the Canyon Ranch brand and content via licensing and business partnerships.

From 1988-2008, Hefner was Chairman and CEO of Playboy Enterprises, Inc. making her the longest serving female CEO of a U.S. public company. During her tenure, she oversaw policy, management and strategy in all areas of the company. She restructured the company, initiating its highly successful electronic and international expansions. Under her leadership, the company developed its profitable television business—the first time a magazine successfully leveraged its brand into television. Continuing the company's electronic expansion, in 1994, Hefner led the company onto the Internet, making Playboy the first national magazine on the web. She also greatly expanded the leveraging of the Playboy brand via licensing, generating close to $1 billion in annual global retail sales, 80% of them in women’s products. When she left, over 40% of her executives were women. For three years she was named to FORTUNE’s list of “Most Powerful Women.”

She has long been engaged in the civic and not-for-profit communities as well. She was a founding member of The Chicago Network, The Committee of 200, and the Chicago Chapter of Women Corporate Directors, and she was the first woman elected into the Chicago Chapter of the Young Presidents’ Organization. She also serves on the Advisory Board of Springboard, which has raised $6 billion for women owned start-ups.

For over 20 years, she has served on the board of Trustees for Rush University Medical Center and spent four years as project board chairman for the CORE Center - a public-private partnership between Rush University Medical Center and Cook County Hospital- raising $30 million to build this innovative clinic and research facility for people with HIV/AIDS and other communicable diseases. She also co-chaired the capital campaign to build the new Black Ensemble Theater.

Presently, she’s on the board of the D.C. based Center for American Progress Action – the leading progressive public policy think tank, the Civic Leadership committee of the Better Government Association, and the Executive Committee of Independent Maps – a bipartisan effort to make Illinois the next state to end gerrymandering,

Elected to Phi Beta Kappa in her junior year of college, she graduated from Brandeis University summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and American literature.