QVC CEO Mike George Celebrates Jeanne Bice

QVC President/CEO Mike George shared his tribute to recently deceased Quacker Factory founder Jeanne Bice yesterday:

Jeanne died unexpectedly Friday night, and her family, friends, and legions of Quackers are mourning her loss today. Their grief, our grief, is great, but we know just what to do. We’ll put on a Quacker Factory tee shirt and go about our day, and wink and nod at our like-minded friends, and everything will be all right.

The occasion for his tribute? Founder’s Day, the 25th anniversary of QVC’s founding:

So much has changed since Joe started this company: New platforms, new technologies, global expansion, market leadership, social networking, world-class brands, high-powered personalities, and much, much more. And yet, the core remains the same: Earning our customers’ trust every day. Inspiring joy every day. Building community every day.

In the comments on George’s statement, some QVC fans are already calling for a QVC Jeanne Bice tribute show during which fans could buy special commemorative products, like “a midnight blue shirt with a little dog looking up at the night sky…. 1 sequin star among some rhinestones scattered across the top of the shirt.”

In fact, two Quacker Factory shows are already scheduled for Friday, June 24, 2011 from 9 – 10 a.m. and 8 – 10 p.m. ET and Sunday, June 26, 2011 from 3 – 5 a.m. and 4 – 6 p.m. ET.

Whether or not those shows are actually “tribute shows” are not, here’s betting they are going to be very QVC: combining emotion and commerce, making people happy and making QVC money.


2 responses to “QVC CEO Mike George Celebrates Jeanne Bice

  1. To Mike George: Re: Tribute to Jean Bice. “Making people happy and and making QVC money”. How could you be so cold and unfeeling about a wonderful person’s death? It was her beautiful personality, warmth and sense of humor that sold her beautiful creations on QVC. She needed nothing else to do what she did so effortlessly. In addition, it came across that QVC hosts loved to work with her on air. I think you need to honor her properly without equating her unusual loving style with QVC making money – especially at this sad time. Be more sensitive to your viewers.

  2. Luann: I think you hit the nail on the head–“It was her beautiful personality, warmth and sense of humor that sold her beautiful creations on QVC.”

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