Kathy Thornton-Bias

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Kathy L. Thornton-Bias served as President of Bang & Olufsen America, Inc. (North America).  Prior to that, she served as the General Manager of the Retail Division of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.  As the main revenue producing arm of the Museum, 100 per cent of the profits from the retail enterprise go to support MoMA’s programs and exhibitions. 

Kathy began her retail career at Saks Fifth Avenue, where she spent over a decade in a variety of positions including merchandising and planning, ultimately becoming the Vice President of the company’s Catalog division.  Additionally, she has worked for Target Inc and Time Warner in a variety of related retail positions.

Upon graduation from the University of Virginia, Kathy became involved with the Walter Ridley Scholarship Fund, serving on its Board for two terms.  Currently, Kathy is a Trustee for the College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at UVA and will next year serve on its Executive Committee.

In addition to volunteerism at the University, Kathy is very active in her local community.  For the past six years she has been a member of the Junior League of Montclair-Newark.  During that time she has served as a Board Member and as Chairperson of various projects and committees that focused on improving the lives of children at risk.  Last year, Kathy authored a comprehensive, multi-cultural, Arts curriculum.  Due to its classroom success, the program has now expanded to three additional agencies in Essex County.

Raised in Louisville, Kentucky, Kathy now lives in Chicago, IL with her husband Michael and sons Jackson, Samuel and Michael.

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