Gilt Appoints Clay Cowan As Chief Marketing Officer

NEW YORK, Oct. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --, the innovative online shopping destination, announced today the appointment of Clay Cowan to Chief Marketing Officer. Mr. Cowan will join Gilt on November 10, 2014, reporting to CEO Michelle Peulso.

Mr. Cowan joins from Starwood Hotels and Resorts, the world's most global high-end hotel company, where he serves as the SVP of Global Digital. In this role, he has responsibility for global strategy, management, and revenue, for digital channels, including web, mobile, digital marketing, and social. In managing Starwood's global digital business team, he oversees digital experiences for nine global brands and Starwood's SPG loyalty program in multiple languages and countries around the world.

"Clay brings to Gilt a track record of dramatically increasing digital businesses," says Peluso. "His passion for the Gilt customer, coupled with his analytic rigor, will prove to be very valuable to the organization."

"Gilt is a truly innovative company, a showcase for amazing brands, and delivers a unique value and experience to its customers—and Gilt's brand zealots love Gilt for it. I'm thrilled to be part of the team that is helping customers express their personal style through the incredible brands we feature," says Cowan. 

Prior to Starwood, Mr. Cowan was the Vice President of E-Commerce and Digital Marketing at Sports Authority. He also spent several years at McKinsey & Co. as well as several advertising agencies.

Mr. Cowan holds a BA in English and American Literature from Harvard University and an M.B.A., also from Harvard.

About Gilt is an innovative online shopping destination offering its members special access to the most inspiring merchandise and experiences all at insider prices. Gilt opens a window every day to the exceptional as it continually searches the world for the most coveted brands and products, including fashion and accessories for women, men, and children; home decor; and unique activities in select cities and destinations.