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Philip Sklar, B.A.’00

A Passion for Purchasing

By Tyler Stratman

Philip Sklar, purchasing director at Gilt Groupe

While Philip Sklar was studying communication at the University at Albany, he wasn’t even thinking about a career in fashion. But an internship with Estee Lauder changed his mind and helped him to discover a passion for purchasing.

After a three-year run at Estee Lauder, Sklar was picked up by Avon. He spent four years there before taking his current job with Gilt Groupe, where, as purchasing director, he invests in bulk buying to facilitate day-to-day operations. Sklar credits his communication degree with propelling him toward a great career; he also recalls UAlbany’s “diversity and variety” as “life changing.”

To future UAlbany graduates, Sklar offers this advice: “Be passionate about any company you work for, and don’t settle for the money.”