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Big Lots Names Three To Senior Merchandising Positions

Monday December 2nd, 2013 - 2:48PM

Big Lots, Inc. today announced the appointment of three General Merchandise Managers as part of realigning of the merchandising organization into customer-centric categories of Food and Consumables, Furniture and Home Decor, and Seasonal, Toys and Electronics.

Trey Johnson was promoted to Senior Vice President, GMM/food and consumables. Johnson joined the company in August 2013 as DMM/food, and has extensive experience in Food and Consumables with well-known retailers including Family Dollar Corporation, Sears Holding Corporation, Walmart Inc., and SuperValu Inc.

Martha Withers was hired as senior vp/GMM, furniture and home decor. Withers has diverse category experience with Stage Stores Inc., Stein Mart, and May Department Stores.

Lucy Cindric was hired as senior vp/GMM, seasonal, toys and electronics. Cindric has industry experience with Stage Stores Inc., Walmart Inc., May Company Department Stores, Foley's, and Dayton Hudson Corporation.

"As we look at our business through the lens of our customer, we know she wants quality, tasteful, branded merchandise at great values," said David Campisi, Big Lots president and CEO. "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."