All Team Members

Bill Besselman

Executive Vice President

Bill has always been a retail and consumer guy at heart. After completing his Physics degree at Carnegie Mellon, he started his career on the ground floor in the Department Store business. With several years of retail math under his belt, he headed off to the Wharton School of Business to get his MBA.
Post business school, he took a crack at consulting at McKinsey & Co., where he worked on strategy and operational projects in industries ranging from High Tech/Telecom, to Chemicals and Private Equity.
Ultimately, he jumped back into the retail and consumer market, taking on executive and leadership roles at American Eagle and Under Armour. It’s with that unique mix of retail and consulting experience that Bill has recently joined the Thread team to help build out the commercial elements of the business.
The Vitals

  • Bachelor of Science in Physics,  Carnegie Mellon University
  • MBA, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

What are you most passionate about professionally? What most excites you about your work & the contribution you can make?

I love having impact – helping build and grow great brands that have a strong and important mission in the world. I believe the greatest brands are those that find a way to deliver emotional value above and beyond great product and do it within a large commercial market. I’m excited to work with the Thread team to build and deliver against this formula.

What are you passionate about personally?

My family – I have a wonderful (and much more talented) wife and 3 amazing and unique kids.  I do what I do so they can live a better, healthier life with even more opportunities than I had growing up.

How do you want to be remembered?

Someone who, at the core, cared about what mattered – and did something about it…not someone who just stood on the sidelines.