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Leadership transformation continues at Big Lots


Big Lots has added three general merchandise managers as the company continues realigning the merchandising organization into three customer-centric categories: food and consumables, furniture and home décor and seasonal, toys and electronics.

"As we look at our business through the lens of our customer, we know she wants quality, tasteful, branded merchandise at great values," said CEO and president David Campisi. "We've realigned our merchandising organization, and added key leadership, to exceed Jennifer's expectations every time she shops our stores. Trey, Martha, and Lucy will provide thought leadership and strategic alignment to the merchandising organization. These changes are a component of our long range strategic planning process where our objective is to deliver a comprehensive and detailed plan that carefully evaluates all aspects of our current operations, including our leadership team and organization structure. Today's announcement is a major step forward in developing our plans for the future."

Trey Johnson was promoted to SVP, general merchandise manager for food and consumables. Johnson joined the company in August as divisional merchandise manager of food, and has extensive experience in food and consumables with well-known retailers including Family Dollar, Sears Holding, Walmart and SuperValu.

Martha Withers was hired as SVP, general merchandise manager for furniture and home décor. Withers has diverse category experience with Stage Stores, Stein Mart, and May Department Stores.

Lucy Cindric was hired as SVP, general merchandise manager for seasonal, toys and electronics. Cindric has rich industry experience with Stage Stores, Walmart, May Company Department Stores, Foley's and Dayton Hudson Corporation.

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