Neela Montgomery is an experienced global CEO who has grown and scaled businesses across Europe, Asia and the USA. She is a recognized leader in the Retail/Consumer space with a track record of digital transformation, international expansion and building outstanding leadership teams. Currently she is a Board Partner at Greycroft a leading venture capital firm focused on seed to growth technology, media and consumer businesses.
She was most recently Executive Vice President at CVS Health and President of CVS Pharmacy, with oversight of the company’s 10,000 pharmacies across the United States. In that role, she ran the largest global pharmacy with $90 billion in revenue and 190 000 associates whilst leading the business during the rollout of Covid vaccines, boosters and testing in 2021.
Prior to CVS Health, Neela was CEO of Crate & Barrel Holdings, a global home furnishings retailer that includes Crate & Barrel, CB2 and Hudson Grace. She oversaw all aspects of the company and led a progressive growth strategy by developing tools, culture and relationships with retailers, manufacturers and tech to propel the heritage brand into the future of retail. By the end of her tenure, the business was realizing more than 60% of its sales from ecommerce.
Before 2017, she was on the executive board of Otto Group, responsible for retail and brands and Executive Chairwoman across five operating companies, including Crate & Barrel. Earlier in her career she spent 12 years at Tesco PLC in various leadership roles in strategy, international, merchandising, eCommerce and grocery retail. During her time at Tesco, she rose to oversee the General Merchandise division for the UK business and sat on the UK Board of Directors.
Neela studied English Literature at Oxford University and holds an MBA from INSEAD in France and Singapore. She is a member of the 2020 Class of Henry Crown Fellows within the Aspen Institute, which challenges entrepreneurial leaders to build a better society.
Since 2017 she has been a member of the Board of Directors of Logitech and presently serves on its Compensation committee after three years on the Audit committee. Neela lives in the Greater Boston area with her husband Michalel and two sons JJ and Arun.