Chic and In Charge: 10 African-American Fashion Executives
Richard Dent III
Richard Dent III never intended to be a panty pusher, at least not professionally. The chief operating officer of Victoria Secret PINK got his start in cars, first at Ford, and eventually as the controller for Volvo Trucks. When that division was dissolved he looked beyond the automotive industry, doing several jobs at Limited Brands before being invited to join the PINK team in 2005. In just a few short years his acumen for monetizing ideas has helped the fledgling property reach its billion dollar potential. His influence extends beyond the bottom line, however. A line of HBCU gear is evidence that diversity in the boardroom leads to tangible results.