James Politeski

President, Samsung Electronics Canada

Recognized for his leadership skills and strategic vision, James has dedicated his career to growing and transforming businesses within the consumer electronics industry. As Group President – Home Appliances and Consumer Electronics at Sears in Chicago, James is responsible to drive transformation towards a Member/Customer focused approach to retail in a changing retail landscape. With over 20 years in sales and marketing leadership roles, James is known for building high performance teams and growth-based cultures.

James currently sits on the Board of The Learning Partnership, a national charitable organization dedicated to championing a strong public education system in Canada.  He holds a Mechanical Engineering and Management degree from McMaster University, and actively supports his alma mater through keynotes and more.  Supporting education is a family affair in the Politeski household; his two daughters both attended French immersion public schools, while his wife served as chair of the parent council and French advisory committee at their children’s schools over the years.  James is also a dedicated supporter of the Canadian Cancer Society and has been a team leader for the Relay for Life since 2006.