UNION, N.J., July 28, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. (Nasdaq: BBBY) today announced the appointment of Lynda Markoe as Executive Vice President, Chief People & Culture Officer. Ms. Markoe has extensive industry experience from over 30 years at major retailers and will join Bed Bath & Beyond in September 2020.
As a key member of the leadership team, she will report to Mark Tritton, Bed Bath & Beyond's President & CEO, and will be responsible for the Company's People growth pillar, which is focused on creating a talent engine and culture that attracts, retains and develops diverse and high-performing teams. She will oversee the cultural transformation of the business around the Company's core values and purpose.
President & CEO Mark Tritton said, "We are excited to welcome Lynda to our leadership team. She brings a wealth of experience from some of the world's leading retailers, delivering strategic results through talent management and cultural change. As we rebuild our authority in the home and develop our omni-always future, Lynda's experience and dynamic leadership will help connect our purpose, strategy and culture to accelerate the people powered transformation of our business."
Ms. Markoe said, "Mark has assembled an impressive leadership team, and I am honored to be a part of it. I look forward to accelerating the Company's cultural transformation and supporting its broader purpose to make it easy to feel at home. This transformation will be values driven with our associates at the center as we build an experience that is inspired by our customers."
Since 2003, Ms. Markoe has held various leadership roles at J.Crew Group, Inc., including Chief Administrative Officer and Global Head of Human Resources. During her tenure at J.Crew, she drove the company's talent organization and strategies, including developing a global workforce with capabilities across, brands, channels and locations. She integrated the talent strategy and the business strategy while championing culture and associate engagement. Prior to that, Ms. Markoe was a human resources leader at Gap Inc. from 1988 until 2003.
Ms. Markoe succeeds Bill Gilooly, who will work closely with her to ensure a smooth transition before departing the Company. "I want to thank Bill for all his work at Bed Bath & Beyond. He's a respected colleague and friend, and we truly appreciate his dedication over the last 15+ years," Mr. Tritton said.
About Bed Bath & Beyond Inc.
Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. and subsidiaries (the "Company") is an omnichannel retailer that makes it easy for our customers to feel at home. The Company sells a wide assortment of domestic merchandise and home furnishings. The Company also provides a variety of textile products, amenities and other goods to institutional customers in the hospitality, cruise line, healthcare and other industries. Additionally, the Company is a partner in a joint venture which operates retail stores in Mexico under the name Bed Bath & Beyond.
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