Each year, the Master of Management in Retailing (MMR) program will appoint an industry leader as the class patron, who will enhance the program by mentoring students to further ensure their success. The MMR program features a comprehensive curriculum that integrates diverse disciplines and experiential opportunities that will provide students with the tools they need to respond to the rapidly changing and increasingly complex global retail environment. The MMR class patron will help students put the theories that they learn into practice by sharing his or her wisdom through guest lectures or by leading case discussions.
Lanita Layton – MMR Patron Class of 2022/2023
Lanita Layton is a top Senior Executive and Luxury Brand Consultant driving business transformation, sales, and revenue growth for both emerging and heritage luxury and premium brands. Lanita’s passion and deep understanding of luxury and premium brands, as well as the importance of customer experience, has helped her build a successful career.
Lanita has served in Senior Executive Leadership roles such as Managing Director of Hugo Boss, Chief Omni Channel Sales and Marketing Officer at Birks, VP/GMM of Holt Renfrew, and most recently as Luxury and Brand Consultant for brands such as Bottega Veneta and Baccarat.
Lanita is well respected as a high integrity and collaborative leader and has built an extensive network of strong business relationships around the world. Her passionate work-ethic and authentic communication skills have also led her to serve on many boards, such as the Board of Governors Executive Committee and Senate/Board Liaison Committee for OCAD University of Art and Design. Currently, Lanita is a member of the Advisory Board for Goodszilla. Lanita is also a proud member of the Nlaka’pamux (Thompson Peoples) of the Interior Salish First Nation. We are thrilled to have her as our inaugural Class Patron of the Master of Management in Retailing for the Bensadoun School of Retail Management at McGill.