Hankin, Leonard

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Leonard Hankin was an American business man who served as Executive Vice President of Bergdorf Goodman. Hankin's career at Bergdorf Goodman started when he was 16, at the Fifth Avenue store in 1933, where he served as a stock boy. An expert on Germany and the USSR, with the ability to speak 14 languages fluently, Hankin took a break from Bergdorf to work with the Office of Strategic Services during WWII beginning in 1939. In 1944, Hankin returned to Bergdorf Goodman where he rose through the ranks to become a fur buyer and eventually Executive Vice President of the company. After retiring from Bergdorf Goodman, Hankin became a senior adviser to Maximilian furs until 1984. Hankin was also a board member of the Education Alliance and taught marketing at the Fashion Institute of Technology in the 1980s.


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