At Home Group is appointing two new independent directors to its board: Paula Bennett, former president and CEO of J.Jill, and Steve Barbarick, president and chief merchandising officer of Tractor Supply Co.
In addition, At Home elected Larry Stone, an independent board member, to the position of lead director. Stone was president and chief operating officer of Lowe’s from 2006 until 2011. Geoffrey Clark, senior managing director of Starr Investment Holdings and director of C.V. Starr, will step down from At Home’s board.
“The move to include additional independent directors is a natural evolution as we transition away from private equity ownership,” said Lee Bird, At Home chairman and CEO. “Our board has phenomenal experience with growing big box retailers and will help guide us as we continue to expand At Home across the country. We are pleased to welcome Paula and Steve as directors, and we look forward to the valuable insight and diverse perspectives they will provide as we continue to execute on our strategic initiatives and drive value for our shareholders.”