Linda Kanner is a serial entrepreneur and advisor to CEOs of early-stage, high-growth companies. She is a founding partner of The Orchard Group, which operates as a turnkey advisory board to early-stage technology companies. Most recently she was CEO of HBN Shoe, a venture-funded footwear technology company. Prior to that, she was involved in two venture-funded Internet companies, first as CEO of First Business Financial (now OneCore.com) and then as COO of edu.com, which she co-founded in 1998 with her son, raising $40 million and growing the company to 125 people before it was sold. She is presently assisting him again in launching a sports marketing company, with its first offering a sports-entertainment DVD -”City of Champions: Best of Boston Sports.”
Previously she held senior positions in marketing and general management at large multi-national companies, including Bank of Boston, where she was Division Executive of Retail Products and Consumer Credit, Bank of New England, where she was EVP of Retail Banking, and J. Baker Inc. where she was Group EVP of Footwear and International Sourcing, and subsequently President of Parade of Shoes.
An active board member of both private and not-for-profit organizations, she serves on the board/advisory boards of several early-stage companies and is on the board of The Commonwealth Institute. She is an overseer of both the Huntington Theatre Company and the Beth Israel-Deaconess Hospital/Care Group, where she serves on the Research Advisory Board. She is actively engaged as an Executive in Residence at Babson College, advising MBA field consulting teams.