David Chu

David Chu


Venture Entrepreneur and founder of Nautica

Chairman and Chief Creative Director, Georg Jensen

Nautica Founder David Chu is a retail veteran with a 25+ year record of success creating and growing apparel and accessories businesses. With extensive experience in design, merchandising, branding and licensing, Chu has managed a diverse portfolio of brands in multi-channel distribution across all price points. Under the Nautica brand, Chu created a global enterprise that spanned men’s, women’s, home furnishings, accessories, fragrance, to eyewear and footwear.

  • Nautica International, Founder and Chief Executive Officer (1983-2003)
  • DC Design International, Founder, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman
  • Tumi Inc., Investor and Executive Creative Director (2007)
  • In 2013, team up with Investcorp to acquire Georg Jensen A/S and assumed the role of Chairman and Chief Creative Director.

Areas of Expertise

  • Business

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