UNION, N.J., Sept. 23, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. (Nasdaq: BBBY) has appointed Scott Lindblom as Chief Technology Officer of Bed Bath & Beyond, effective September 28, 2020. Mr. Lindblom will report directly to John Hartmann, Chief Operating Officer and President of buybuy BABY, and will lead the Company's enterprise technology transformation.
Mr. Lindblom will be responsible for overseeing the vision and execution of Bed Bath & Beyond's enterprise technology roadmap to support the Company's digital-first, omni-always customer experience. Mr. Lindblom will work with Mr. Hartmann, leveraging data, analytics, and agile technology development to create efficiencies, enhance performance, and drive innovation across the organization to build operational excellence, create an engaging, differentiated experience for customers and maximize profitability.
COO John Hartmann said, "We are leading an operational and technological transformation to build a more efficient organization and best-in-class omni-always experience for our loyal customers. Scott's track record implementing leading IT solutions and digital fulfillment capabilities for a number of leading retailers will help us accelerate the modernization of our technology infrastructure and capabilities, to rebuild our authority in our core markets and deepen connections and loyalty with our customers."
Prior to joining Bed Bath & Beyond, Mr. Lindblom was Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Michael's, where he transformed the IT function of the business into a high performing value creation department that enhanced and streamlined the shopping experience for customers, while creating significant revenue impact. Previously, he was Group Vice President of IT at ROSS Stores, leading a national team to implement a micro-merchandising planning solution that helped to increase operating income and improve the customer experience. He also held senior roles within supply chain management and IT at Best Buy.
"I am excited to join Bed Bath & Beyond to support the technology-led transformation of this iconic brand. As the retail industry continues to evolve, it is more important than ever to create a seamless, digitally integrated offer for customers. I look forward to partnering with leadership to build operational rigor, deliver integrated solutions, and invest in new capabilities that will drive results and make it easier for our customers to feel at home," said Mr. Lindblom.
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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