Bed Bath & Beyond Appoints Two Regional Vice Presidents

Bed Bath & Beyond has appointed Mary-Farrell Tarbox and Ann-Marie Clendenin as regional vice presidents for the Central and East regions respectively, effective October 26.

Both Tarbox and Clendenin will report directly to evp/chief stores officer, Gregg Melnick, to round out Bed Bath & Beyond’s store leadership team. Tarbox will be responsible for over 350 of Bed Bath & Beyond’s retail stores across 22 states, while Clendenin will oversee another approximately 200 stores across 12 states. They will work with Melnick and his team to execute a cultural shift in the way Bed Bath & Beyond manages store operations and teams, to encourage greater centralization, agility and a more customer-inspired response as the company makes significant investments in stores in the coming years.

Prior to joining Bed Bath & Beyond, Tarbox held multiple roles at Crate & Barrel Holdings, including as vp/stores.  Most recently, Tarbox was svp/human resources. Prior to Crate & Barrel, she held senior store operations roles at PetSmart and Target.

Clendenin joins Bed Bath & Beyond after serving as U.S. retail president for Aritzia, prior to which she spent more than 8 years at the Kate Spade organization as vp/global omnichannel operations.  Before this, she held senior roles at Aeropostale, including as director of field operations.

Melnick said, “We’re rapidly changing the way we serve our digital-first customers, using our stores as a strategic asset to deliver an omni-always experience.  Mary-Farrell has an extraordinary track record driving transformation at industry-leading retailers, and her deep expertise in human resources and store operations will allow us to increase the pace of change in our business.  At the same time, Ann-Marie brings a wealth of global omnichannel retail experience that will allow us to accelerate the implementation of new technologies and processes to serve our customers even better in future.”