Luis Padilla

Operating Partner


Luis Padilla is an Operating Partner of Kinzie Capital Partners and serves on the Board of Colony Display, a Kinzie portfolio company.

Luis is a global retail executive with broad experience driving overall performance by leading in consumer product merchandising, product development, marketing, operations and finance. With over 30 years’ experience in senior executive roles, Luis has led several large, strategic, cross-functional teams through highly successful and significant business transformations.

Presently, Luis is CEO and Founder of Padilla Retail Consulting (PRC), a global consulting firm focused on brand and business development in consumer products. PRC helps clients realize lasting, game-changing financial outcomes, driving change through comprehensive business transformations.

Previously, Luis served as President and COO of ENK International, a global fashion trade show company owned by the private equity firm Forstmann Little & Company. There, he was responsible for all trade show business including P&L management and operations. Additionally, he led an acquisition of the WSA, the world’s largest trade show. As President at Sears Holdings Corporation, Luis served as Chief Merchant and Chief Global Marketing Officer and was responsible for all product categories and marketing for 800 full-line stores. Prior, Luis served as Executive Vice President, Chief Merchant at Marshall-Fields and Senior Vice President, Merchandising at Target, where he spent 21 years of his career.

Luis has served on several non-profit and for-profit boards, including the Category Management Association. He currently serves as a member of Friends of Global Health for University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine.

Luis earned his B.S. in Fashion Merchandising from University of Minnesota. He is also committed to becoming a better golfer and, some say, should be committed because of this passion.