Kirkland’s Appoints Woodward CEO

Kirkland’s has appointed Steve Woodward as chief executive officer. Woodward, who is currently president and chief merchant of Crate & Barrel, will join Kirkland’s and the board of directors effective October 22, 2018.

The company’s acting CEO, Mike Cairnes, will be promoted from his previous position of evp to president in addition to resuming his previous role as chief operating officer.

Since joining Crate & Barrel in 2015, Woodward has been responsible for all aspects of merchandising, including sourcing, product design and assortment selection for the retailer. Prior to that time, Woodward was svp/licensed watches and jewelry for Fossil, where he was head of the Michael Kors watch and jewelry business. He has also served as evp/general merchandise manager of The Bombay Company, CEO of Illuminations and vp/Pier 1 Imports.

Wilson Orr, Kirkland’s chairman of the board, noted, “Steve is a world-class merchant who has been instrumental in the success of iconic brands and retailers in the home furnishings and fashion industries. His skillset, proven record as a merchant leader and plan for realizing the true potential of our company will complement Mike Cairnes’ abilities as a highly effective leader and operator. We have a deep, experienced team at Kirkland’s, and this new leadership will help us build on recent momentum in the stores as well as investments in supply chain and buy online and pick up in store that can support profitable long-term growth.”