Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Cos Bar
David Olsen is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Cos Bar, the original 40-year-old specialty beauty retailer in the U.S. Cos Bar is recognized for disrupting the luxury beauty industry with its unique and engaging sales experience focused on the needs of the client and its carefully curated array of the world’s best beauty brands.
Since joining in February 2016, David has worked to grow the company while maintaining a commitment to delivering a seamless omnichannel experience for clients, wherever they are and whichever device they are on. In just one year, David’s team opened three stores, bringing the total store count to 19; opened corporate headquarters in Los Angeles; refreshed the brand identity and store environment; relaunched cosbar.com; and introduced Cos Bar’s first loyalty rewards program, B. Cos. With David’s guidance, Cos Bar will operate 50 doors nationwide by 2021.
David has been in the retail space as a strategist and operator for over 17 years. Prior to joining Cos Bar, he was the global vice president of Beauty and Grooming at The Net-A-Porter Group, where he developed and executed that strategy from 2012 to 2016. In 2000, David started his own e-commerce cosmeceutical business which was later sold to DermStore.com, leading to the creation of the largest pure play beauty destination in the US, ultimately selling to Target. David brings his digital expertise and growth focus to Cos Bar to ensure the execution of their mission to deliver the world’s best luxury beauty buying experience.
David graduated from UC Berkeley and has a JD/MBA from the University of Miami.