Dr. Pilun Piyasirivej, CEO
Dr. Pilun Piyasirivej founded Dr. Runway, an online store specialized in resale and authentication of luxury designer brands, in 2012. To date he has authenticated and sold over ten thousand handbags and accessories. Dr. Piyasirivej developed his expertise in authentication based on over twenty years of collecting and studying the construction details and artisan methods of luxury goods.
Before assuming his current role, Dr. Piyasirivej worked for IBM as an advisor and helped the company win many deals worth multi-million dollars. He also holds a doctorate degree from Murdoch University in Australia and a master’s degree from Claremont Graduate University in California. Before he came to the US, he had taught in public and private universities in Thailand, his birthplace, for many years. His students became successful employees of prestigious fashion houses such as Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Fendi, and Dior.
In 2010, His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand bestowed upon Dr. Piyasirivej the title “Member of the Most Admirable Order of the Direkgunabhorn” for his devotional services to the country. It came as no surprise, as Dr. Piyasirivej was born into a family of officials serving Thai royal family for a long time. His father was awarded the title “Knight Commander of the Most Exalted Order of the White Elephant” as well as the title “Knight Commander of the Most Noble Order of the Crown of Thailand,” while his mother was bestowed with the titles “Dame Commander of the Most Exalted Order of the White Elephant” and “Dame Commander of the Most Noble Order of the Crown of Thailand,” respectively.