Dean's Advisory Board - Member Profile

Michael PleyJames Politeski

Recognized for his leadership skills and strategic vision, James has dedicated his career to growing and transform­ing businesses within the consumer electronics industry. As Group President of  Home Appliances, Consumer Electronics, Commercial Sales and Monark Premium Appliances at Sears Holdings in Chicago, James is responsible to drive transformation towards a Member/Customer focused approach to retail in a changing retail landscape. With over 20 years in sales and marketing leadership roles, James is known for building high performance teams and growth-based cultures.  Prior to joining the Sears team, James was President at Samsung Electronics Canada.

James currently sits on the Board of The Learning Partnership, a national charitable organization dedicated to championing a strong public education system in Canada.  He holds a Mechanical Engineering and Management degree from McMaster University, and actively supports his alma mater through keynotes and more.  James is also a dedicated supporter of the Canadian Cancer Society and has been a team leader for the Relay for Life since 2006.