GameStop Announces New Leadership Appointments and Enhanced Leadership Structure
Collectively, the additions and changes to GameStop’s leadership bring together a strong group of individuals with complementary experience, deep industry and operational expertise and proven records of execution. These include:
- James Bell, age 51, appointed as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, effective
June 3, 2019. Jim most recently served as CFO of Wok Holdings, Inc., the parent company of P.F. Chang’s, Pei Wei and True Food Kitchenrestaurants, where he successfully designed and led the company’s overall strategic plan and omni-channel digital transformation that resulted in over $50 millionin annual revenue growth over two years. Previously, Jim served as EVP, CFO at RLH Corporationand Coldwater Creek, Inc.Earlier in his career he held senior finance roles at several consumer businesses, including Harry & David Holdings, Inc.and The Gap. Jim previously served as a Naval Flight Officer in the U.S. Navy from 1989 to 1998.
Rob Lloyd, the company’s current Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer, will depart after nearly 23 years with GameStop, effective
July 3, 2019. He will work closely with George and Jim to ensure a smooth transition during the month of June. As part of its new organizational structure, the company will eliminate the position of COO.
- Chris Homeister, age 50, appointed to newly created role of Executive Vice President and Chief Merchandising Officer, effective
June 10, 2019. Chris most recently served as President, CEO and a member of the Board of Directors of The Tile Shop, a publicly traded specialty retailer, where he grew the company in terms of product assortment, online and mobile capabilities, store count, employees, revenue and EBITDA. Earlier in his career, he held a number of senior roles at Best Buy, including SVP, Digital Merchandising & Strategic Planning and General Manager and SVP, Entertainment Business Group, where he oversaw the product categories including video games, movies, music, and eReaders and launched Best Buy’s video game trade-in business. In the newly created CMO role at GameStop, Chris will be responsible for the company’s overall merchandise operations and strategy and all product and merchandising functions across all channels, including buying, planning, supply chain and logistics, and inventory allocation efforts.
- Frank Hamlin, age 50, promoted to the newly created role of Executive Vice President and Chief Customer Officer, effective
June 3, 2019. Frank has more than 25 years of experience in retail marketing, strategy, customer loyalty and e-commerce, and previously served as GameStop’s Chief Marketing Officer. Prior to GameStop, he served as CMO of Tailored Brands, the parent company of Men’s Wearhouse, JoS. A. Bankand Joseph Abboud and held various marketing and operations leadership positions of increasing responsibility at Guitar Center; E-Miles LLC; H.E. Butt Grocery; and Brierley & Partners. In this newly created role, Frank will have responsibility for defining and driving the company’s overall customer-centric initiatives as it relates to marketing, customer loyalty, the omnichannel business, strategy and innovation.
“The new leadership appointments and changes to our organizational structure mark important milestones that will help advance GameStop’s transformation as we work to position the company for the future and bring gaming culture and experiences to life in every community,” George said. “With this experienced and dynamic team in place, we will be better positioned than ever to execute on our strategic priorities and meet our loyal customers where, when and how they want to shop. Importantly, we remain focused on driving long-term growth and profitability and further strengthening our balance sheet to deliver increased value to our shareholders, employees, customers and other stakeholders.”
George added, “On behalf of the entire GameStop Board of Directors and leadership team, I would like to extend my deepest gratitude to Rob for his significant contributions to GameStop in his nearly 23-year career with the company. Rob helped transform GameStop from a retail-only, single focus retailer to an omni-channel enterprise with multiple retail brands and product sets. He played an integral role in building our Technology Brands Business and oversaw the execution and integration of more than 40 acquisitions. We wish him all the best in his future endeavors.”
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