Marigay McKee, MBE
Marigay McKee, MBE
Marigay McKee is a co-founder and Managing Partner of Fernbrook Capital Management LLC.
Marigay launched her career at Estée Lauder in Europe, subsequently joining Harrods as head of its Beauty department. In her 13 years at Harrods, she spent the last five years of her tenure as the Chief Merchant Oﬃcer. In this role, Marigay was responsible for developing and executing a strategic vision to make Harrods the gold standard for the exclusive launch of luxury and premium brands in 300 separate departments. Across multiple categories, Marigay was responsible for spotting emerging brands, concepts, trends, and services that could challenge and sell against the larger, well-established brands. In addition, Marigay developed and executed Harrods’ buying and product strategy, and built a world-class team of merchants.
In 2013, Marigay was recruited from Harrods to become the President of Saks Fifth Avenue under Hudson Bay Corp (TSE:HBC). As President, Marigay initiated a new branding, marketing, and packaging strategy, and rebuilt Saks’ luxury launch platform for new, emerging, and international brands entering the U.S. market. During her tenure, Marigay generated over $500 million of new business for the company.
Prior to co-founding Fernbrook in 2018, Marigay was a strategic retail advisor to clients including Blackstone, Edens, Related, and Value Retail. At Fernbrook, Marigay sits on the board of Needle & Thread and has a board observer seat at Lily AI. She was on the board of Violet Grey for five years prior to their acquisition by Farfetch (NYSE:FTCH). Marigay also sits on the board of Aston Martin Lagonda Global Holdings PLC (LON:AML), the Webster, and is an advisory board member of eShopWorld (ESW).
In 2022, Marigay was awarded her MBE for retail services overseas in the New Year Honours list by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. In February 2023, Marigay officially received her MBE at Windsor Castle from King Charles III.