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Jones, Szilagyi Win Lowe’s Executive Slots

Lowe’s Cos., Inc. today announced that Michael Jones would join the company as its chief merchandising officer reporting to chief customer officer Gregory Bridgeford. The company added that it has promoted Stephen Szilagyi to supply chain executive reporting to chief operating officer Rick Damron.

As chief merchandising officer, Jones takes responsibility for the merchandising Lowe’s stores and as well as all global sourcing activities. He will work closely with the leaders of customer experience design, marketing, operations and logistics to develop and deliver a differentiated, seamless customer experience, Lowe’s asserted.

Jones served most recently as executive vp and president of Husqvarna North and Latin America, according to Lowe’s. Before that, he spent 15 years with General Electric.

“Mike has extensive experience with consumer products in categories relevant to the home improvement business, with both Husqvarna and GE including appliances, outdoor power equipment and lighting categories,” said Bridgeford. “His experience in leading businesses, identifying and pursuing marketing opportunities, and discipline around value creation throughout the chain, from supplier to consumer, make him an outstanding fit for this position.”

As supply chain executive, Szilagyi will oversee Lowe’s modern logistics and distribution network, the retailer noted, one that expedites the replenishment of merchandise and supplies to all Lowe’s stores.

Szilagyi began his career at Lowe’s in 2001 as regional director of distribution and was named vp/distribution in 2002 and senior vp in 2006. Szilagyi earned a bachelor’s degree in materials and logistics management from Michigan State University.

“Steve and his team have made significant improvements in our safety, speed to market and employee engagement,” said Damron. “His leadership with the distribution network has resulted in streamlined, simplified and standardized process flows and controls to improve product distribution so consumers can find the product they need at their local store.”