Fanatics completes exec team with Amazon's HR director

Licensed sports merchandise retailer Fanatics added Karen Ruby to its executive team as senior VP of human resources, reporting directly to CEO Doug Mack. She will be responsible for all human resources programs, recruiting and retention, career development, performance management, and compensation and benefits.  

Ruby has nearly 20 years of experience in the field, serving most recently as Amazon's director of human resources for its digital device business for the past seven years. She led a multi-site human resources team across several departments including marketing, off-line retail, product management, business development and design.

Prior to this role, Ruby led human resources and recruiting at Amazon for its new initiatives team, which launched three new products in 2014. She also served in leadership roles in both the retail and digital divisions.

"Karen's extensive skill set and experience as a top HR leader will be a tremendous asset to ensure that our business goals are well supported by best-in-class talent strategies," Mack said. "As the primary advocate of our culture and values, Karen will play a key role in cultivating the continued growth and development of our world-class team across all geographies."

Ruby held other human resources leadership positions at Washington Mutual (now Chase) in its corporate and retail divisions. Earlier in her career, she worked in HR at Dell, Microsoft and CapGemini.

Commenting on her move to Fanatics, Ruby said, "The talented people and incredible culture at Fanatics will help drive the company's continued growth, and I'm so excited to be joining this team. As a life-long sports fan, the idea that every employee can impact the customer experience through their own passions resonates with me professionally as well as personally." Press Release