Josie Natori

Josie Natori, founder and CEO of Natori Company, literally reconfigured an industry, erasing the boundary between innerwear and outerwear and bringing elegant, sensuous lingerie into the light of day.

Born in the Philippines, she was a soloist at age nine with the Manila Philharmonic Orchestra and moved to New York to study economics at age 17. She was the first woman vice-president in investment banking at Merrill Lynch, and in 1977 she began Natori. Her recognitions are many and include the following: the Galleon Award; 1992 delegate to the Clinton Economic Summit Conference; 1993 Commissioner to the White House Conference on Small Business; the 2007 Lakundula Award presented by the President of the Philippines; and the 2007 Peopling of America Award by the Ellis Island Foundation.

She lives with her husband and son in New York City.