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Mandy Cabot

Worthy To Be Loved As Your Customer's Favorite

In 1990 Mandy Cabot and her husband Peter Kjellerup co-founded Dansko, a leader in innovative comfort footwear. Since the discovery of their first product in a tiny store in Denmark, Dansko (literally translated as "Danish shoe") now generates annual sales of over $150 million. Today their offering includes sandals, boots, heels, flats, healthcare apparel and many types of clogs. In 2012, Mandy and Peter redeemed all of their shares in Dansko to form a new ESOP (Employee Stock Ownership Plan), resulting in 100% employee ownership.

Under Mandy and Peter's leadership, Dansko has joined the ranks of companies achieving the "Inc 500 List" of fastest growing private companies and the Philadelphia Inquirer's "Top Workplaces List" of best places to work. Dansko is also the winner the Paradigm Award from the Chester County Development Council; the Leadership Award from the Delaware Valley Green Building Council; the Triple Bottom Line Award from the Social Business Network of Greater Philadelphia; and seven time winner of the Footwear Plus Award for Design Excellence in Women's Comfort. A founding B Corporation, Dansko operates out of its LEED Certified headquarters in Chester County, PA.

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