John Edelman `88
President and CEO
Design Within Reach
What being an alumnus means to me…
Being an alumnus of Manhattanville College makes me feel extremely lucky. I wasn’t able to learn in the traditional way and Manhattanville found a message to help me mature into the man that I am today. I think that the liberal arts education that Manhattanville College gave me prepared me for the rest of my life.
John Edelman joined Design Within Reach in January 2010 as President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Edelman, 46, has more than 20 years of experience with consumer-focused lifestyle brands, most recently at Edelman Leather. During his 14-year tenure at Edelman, six years of which were spent as President and CEO, he exponentially increased its brand awareness, sales and profits as the leading national provider of premium leather to the home furnishings industry. He was instrumental in leading the sale of his namesake company to Knoll, Inc., in October 2007. Prior to joining Edelman in 1995, Mr. Edelman spent seven years at Sam & Libby, Inc., where he was responsible for its U.S. business. He is a 1988 graduate of Manhattanville College.
Mr. Edelman currently serves on the Board of Directors of Waterworks, a luxury bath retailer; the Board of Trustees of DIFFA, the Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS; and on the board of Carlos Falchi handbags.
House Beautiful named Mr. Edelman one of “12 Design Visionaries to Watch in 2012.” He also received the “Game Changers” award in 2012 from Metropolis Magazine for his support of authentic modern design and the next generation of the design industry.
Mr. Edelman lives in Ridgefield, Conn., with his wife, Bonnie, a photographer, and their two children.