Qurate Appoints McKelvey President Of Cornerstone Brands

Qurate Retail Group recently appointed Ryan McKelvey as president, Cornerstone Brands. Cornerstone Brands is comprised of four home and lifestyle brands, including Ballard Designs, Frontgate, Garnet Hill, and Grandin Road.

McKelvey most recently held the position of president, Ballard Designs and additionally led Cornerstone services operations. In his new role, McKelvey will lead the overall Cornerstone Brands portfolio strategy and report to Mike George, president and CEO, Qurate Retail, Inc., as part of the Qurate Retail Group executive team.

He first joined Cornerstone in 2000 as svp/operations and sourcing, Ballard Designs and held roles of increasing responsibility within Cornerstone Brands before being appointed president, Ballard Designs in 2008. Prior to joining Cornerstone Brands, he held roles with companies such as L&A Molding and L.L. Bean.

“Ryan has grown an outstanding business with a loyal and engaged customer base. Under his leadership, Ballard Designs successfully expanded its retail footprint and critical innovations such as its experiential virtual and in-person interior design services,” said George. “We look forward to Ryan’s leadership, relentless customer focus, and operations expertise across all of our Cornerstone Brands as we continue to deliver strong growth, further increase momentum in the shift from catalog to digital marketing, and in the ongoing development of our proprietary assortments.”

Claire Spofford, who previously led Cornerstone Brands, is leaving Qurate Retail Group to pursue another opportunity. In the near term, McKelvey will also continue as president of Ballard Designs and COO, Cornerstone Brands.