Seat 3A: Larry Rosen, Chairman and CEO, Harry Rosen Inc.

Seat 3A: Larry Rosen, Chairman and CEO, Harry Rosen Inc.

Social Studies | Posted by - April 24, 2014 at 1:15 am

Name: Larry Rosen

Occupation: Chairman and CEO of Harry Rosen

Twitter: @harryroseninc


Eldest son of Harry Rosen, Larry Rosen has worked for the company for more than 25 years in many different areas: on the sales floor, as a buyer, in operations and corporate development. After practicing corporate law in Toronto, Larry joined Harry Rosen as a buyer in 1986. He then became involved in store operations at a senior management level, and then became buying director.

In 1997 Larry was named president and chief operating officer. He was appointed chairman and chief executive officer in 2000. Larry is a member of the Ivey Advisory Board, the Ivey Entrepreneurship Advisory Council and the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation Board. He spearheads Harry’s Spring Run-Off, which has raised over $3 million to date.

Q:  Most visited destination for business
A:  Milan

Q:  Local knowledge tip
A:  La Risacca is a personal favourite – they serve some of the best seafood in the world. The Mediterranean sea bass cooked in salt is worth the trip to Italy alone.

Q:  DIY vs. travel agent
A:  Definitely DIY but my assistant is invaluable.

Q:  Most impressive airport
A:  You can’t beat the efficiency at Frankfurt Airport.

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A:  A carry-on by Tumi – recognized as the world’s leading brand of luxury travel accessories: I always avoid checking bags.

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A:  Always aisle.

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A:  It’s imperative. I aim for an early morning workout every 2nd day.

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A:  I like to get lost in a good book.

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A:  The Four Seasons and The Ritz-Carlton never disappoint.

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A:  Certo – Italian for “certainly.”

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Q:  Tell us about a great little place you recommend to friends
A:  There are some wonderful places around the hills of Chianti near Florence. Il San Pietro di Positano along the Amalfi coast is another retreat that I highly recommend.

Q:  Confess to one thing you’ve nicked from your hotel room
A:  The sewing kit – it’s a handy tool to have around.

Q:  Favourite island
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Si Si Penaloza

Si Si Penaloza has been jet-setting to the world's top destinations for over a decade, contributing to The Globe and Mail, JETSET and NUVO. She has trekked the Himalayas in seersucker pajamas, tracked baby kiwi birds at Cape Kidnappers and observed octopus at 80 feet below in Bora Bora.

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