Chief Financial Officer, IKEA U.S.
Rob Olson, Chief Financial Officer, is responsible for leading US retail operations and securing the overall IKEA US strategy. He began his IKEA career in 1998 as Business Controller in Schaumburg, Illinois. In 2000, he became Assistant Store Manager Operations and quickly moved into the role of Assistant Store Manager Sales in 2002. In 2003, Rob moved to Woodbridge, VA to be the Store Manager. Then in 2004, he moved back to the Schaumburg store as Store Manager. In 2006, Rob was promoted to Deputy Retail Manager where he joined the US management team and had responsibility for multiple stores and ecommerce, helping to secure the IKEA vision, business direction and values. Rob took on his current position, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in 2008.
A native of Sycamore, Illinois, Rob graduated from Northern Illinois University with a B.S. in Marketing in 1991. He has worked in retail his whole life beginning at Wal-Mart where he worked from 1988-1994 and left as Assistant Store Manager. Rob was then Store Manager for Sportmart from 1994 -1998.