Betsy McLaughlin was the chief executive officer of Hot Topic Inc. until March 2011. The Company operated 3 concepts, Hot Topic, Torrid, and ShockHound with 800 stores in 50 states and Puerto Rico. Betsy joined Hot Topic in 1993 when the company was in its start up stage and became CEO in 2000. The Company has been included on the Forbes list of “200 Hot Companies”, Fortune’s “100 Fastest Growing Companies”, Business Week’s “Hot Growth Companies”, and Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work for”.
Betsy was selected by Investors Business Daily as one of the “Top 5 Business Leaders of 2003” and "Top 10 CEOs with Vision", by Ad Age as one of the “Marketing 50”, and in 2005, was named by Institutional Investor as one of the “Best CEOs in America”. In 2010, Hot Topic was #1 on Forbes list of “Most Trustworthy Retailers” and named by Fast Company as one of the “Most Innovative Companies”.
Betsy has a B.A. degree in Economics from the University of California, Irvine, is a member of the Board of Visitors of the UCLA Anderson School and serves on multiple boards of directors.