Laura Sen began her career in retail shortly after her graduation from Boston College in 1978 when she joined storied Boston retailer Jordan Marsh as an Executive Trainee. In 1979 she moved to Zayre Corporation, a discount chain based in Natick, Massachusetts. Over the next ten years, she held positions of increasing responsibility including Buyer and Assistant Vice President, Divisional Merchandise Manager.
She joined BJ’s as assistant vice president, manager of Logistics. In 1991 she was promoted to vice president, Logistics director; in 1993, she became senior vice president, General Merchandise Manager of Non-Food; and in 1997, she assumed the role of executive vice president of Merchandising.
In 2003, Ms. Sen left BJ’s to work as an independent consultant. She returned to the company in January 2007 as executive vice president of Merchandising and Logistics. She was promoted to president and chief operating officer in January 2008, and in February 2009, she became president and chief executive officer and joined the board.
Sen serves on the boards of the National Retail Federation, rue21, The Pine Street Inn, Dana Farber Cancer Institute and The Boston Ballet. She is involved with the 21st-Century Fund, Brookline High School’s venture capital for education initiative; ATASK (Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence); the Massachusetts Competitive Partnership (MACP); and The American Heart Association, and with St. Coletta & Cardinal Cushing Schools of Massachusetts in Hanover.