Big Lots Appoints Thorn CEO

Big Lots has appointed Bruce Thorn president and CEO of the company.

Thorn was president and COO of Tailored Brands prior to his Big Lots appointment. Following a transition period with the tailored clothing retailer, Big Lots stated that Thorn would be formally appointed as its president and CEO at the end of September. He also will become a director at that time, filling the spot created by David Campisi’s retirement from the board and from his position as CEO in April.

Prior to joining Tailored Brands in 2015, Thorn filled various roles with PetSmart, Gap, Cintas Corp, Lesco, and the United States Army.

“Bruce Thorn is a strong strategic thinker in addition to being an accomplished retail executive and operator,” said Cynthia Jamison, chair of the Big Lots board search committee and nominating/corporate governance committee. “We were fortunate to be able to consider a couple of very capable internal candidates in addition to a broad range of external candidates. Bruce’s combination of strategic vision, leadership skills and history of operational success impressed all of us, and the search firm that we used in the process. We believe that he will be able to build on the company’s transformation into a community retailer while also nimbly navigating the rapidly changing and disrupted retail environment.”