Board of Directors
CLAIRE H. BABROWSKI
Ms. Babrowski brings to the board experience in key leadership roles in leading global and domestic multi-unit retail companies. She possesses significant experience in operations, finance and international and general management, as well as global exposure.
Retail Executive Experience: Ms. Babrowski most recently served as executive vice president and chief operating officer of Toys “R” Us, Inc. from 2007 to 2010. From 2005 to 2006, Ms. Babrowski worked for RadioShack Corporation serving as executive vice president and chief operating officer, and then president, chief operating officer and acting chief executive officer, overseeing RadioShack’s global operations and marketing and branding. She began her career at McDonald’s Corporation, spending 30 years in various roles, including direct responsibility for McDonald’s Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa operations, and eventually serving as senior executive vice president and chief restaurant operations officer.
Director Experience: From 2006 to 2016 Ms. Babrowski served as a director, audit committee member and nominating and corporate governance committee member of Delhaize Group, a Belgian company whose American Depository Receipts are traded on the NYSE and whose ordinary shares are traded on the NYSE Euronext in Brussels. While at Delhaize, Ms. Babrowski served on several ad hoc board committees which considered from time to time various transactions. Ms. Babrowski previously served as a director and chairman of Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. She also previously served on the board of managers of QCE Finance LLC, which is the ultimate parent company of Quiznos, from February 2012 through May 2014, including serving as the chair of its operations and development committee and serving on the marketing committee.
CHERYL A. BACHELDER
Ms. Bachelder is a restaurant industry executive who brings to the board over 35 years of retail brand building, guest experience, human capital and operations perspective from her recent leadership of a global public company.
Retail and Consumer Executive Experience: Ms. Bachelder most recently served as chief executive officer of Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, Inc., from 2007 to 2017, a quick service restaurant with more than 2,600 locations worldwide. From January 2001 to September 2003, she served as the president and chief concept officer for KFC Corporation in Louisville, Kentucky, where she was directly responsible for the U.S. business. From June 1995 to December 2000, Ms. Bachelder served as vice president, marketing and product development for Domino’s Pizza, Inc. She has previously held multiple executive positions with consumer industry companies including RJR Nabisco, Gillette Company and Procter & Gamble.
Director Experience: Ms. Bachelder served on the board of Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, Inc. from November 2006 to March 2017. She served on the board of True Value Corporation from July 2006 through February 2013.
ROBERT L. BASS
Mr. Bass brings to the board a broad consumer and retail background including significant experience in big box operations and supply chain. He is currently head of global supply chain operations for Best Buy Co., Inc.
Retail and Other Executive Experience
Mr. Bass currently serves as chief supply chain officer for Best Buy Co., Inc., a retailer of technology products, services and solutions in the United States, Canada and Mexico, a position he has held since October 2017. In his current role, Mr. Bass is responsible for full supply chain strategy in Best Buy’s day-to-day operations, including overseeing more than 20 distribution centers fulfilling over 1,000 stores. Mr. Bass joined Best Buy in August 2013 as vice president, supply chain, and was promoted to senior vice president, supply chain in December 2015 prior to serving in his current position.
Other Relevant Experience
From July 2002 to August 2013, Mr. Bass held store operations and supply chain positions at Target Corporation, a general merchandising retailer operating in the United States, including serving as a district manager for stores, a director within store operations and as senior director, supply chain. Prior to that, Mr. Bass spent the first 10 years of his career as a commercial pilot serving in a captain’s leadership role first with Midwest Airlines and later with Sun Country Airlines.
HAMISH A. DODDS
Mr. Dodds brings to the board over 30 years of executive experience in the shipping, retail, consumer goods and hospitality industries. He has lived and worked in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, South America and the United States, gaining extensive international experience in finance, franchising, joint ventures and brand management.
Entertainment and Consumer Goods Executive Experience: Mr. Dodds most recently served as president and chief executive officer of Hard Rock International from 2004 through 2017, where he oversaw the strategic development and operations of restaurants, hotels, casinos and live music venues in more than 70 countries, including hands-on involvement in global logistics and brand building. Mr. Dodds has served as the chief executive officer of the Central America Beverage Corporation (CABCORP) and as division president for PepsiCo Beverages covering South America, Central America and the Caribbean.
Director Experience: Mr. Dodds currently serves as a director, audit committee member and finance committee member of Dave & Buster’s Entertainment, Inc. Previously Mr. Dodds served as a board member and compensation committee member for CABCORP.
Other Relevant Experience: Mr. Dodds is a fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Management Accountants and has served in a variety of general management and financial positions for PepsiCo, The Burton Group (now Arcadia Group) in the United Kingdom, and Overseas Containers, Ltd.
BRENDAN L. HOFFMAN
Mr. Hoffman brings to the board a broad retail background including experience in direct marketing, fulfillment and e-Commerce operations.
Retail Executive Experience: Since October 2015, Mr. Hoffman has served as the chief executive officer of Vince Holding Corp., a leading contemporary fashion brand with worldwide distribution, including over 2,500 distribution locations across more than 40 countries. From February 2012 to September 2014, Mr. Hoffman served as president and chief executive officer of the Bon-Ton Stores, Inc., a department store chain with over 260 stores in more than 20 states, including nine furniture galleries and five clearance centers. From October 2008 to February 2012, Mr. Hoffman served as president and chief executive officer of Lord & Taylor, a division of Hudson’s Bay Company. Prior to that, Mr. Hoffman served six years as president and chief executive officer of Neiman Marcus Direct, where he oversaw the growth of neimanmarcus.com and the launch and growth of bergdorfgoodman.com and had direct responsibility for its international operations.
Director Experience: Mr. Hoffman currently serves as a director of Vince Holding Corp.
Other Relevant Experience: Mr. Hoffman held previous positions as vice president of Last Call Clearance Division at Neiman Marcus Stores, divisional merchandise manager of Bergdorf Goodman, Inc., a subsidiary of the Neiman Marcus Group, and divisional merchandise manager of Lord & Taylor, where he began his retail career in the executive training program. Mr. Hoffman also serves on the advisory board of the Jay H. Baker Retailing Initiative at The Wharton School.
ALASDAIR B. JAMES
Mr. James became president and chief executive officer and joined the board on May 1, 2017. He brings to the board over 25 years of retail and consumer goods experience in the U.S., U.K. and China, including marketing, sales, brand management, customer data analytics, supply chain consolidation, digital/omni-channel transformation and implementation of consumer-facing initiatives.
Retail and Other Executive Experience: Prior to joining Pier 1 Imports, Mr. James was employed by Sears Holdings Corporation as president of Kmart from August 2014 to March 2017. In that role he oversaw Kmart’s operations, merchandising mix, and localization strategy, as well as the strategic shift to a consumer-focused, digitally-enabled retailer. Prior to joining Sears Holdings, he served in various roles at Tesco PLC, a multinational grocery and general merchandise retailer, from June 2007 to August 2013, including commercial director of the global business unit, as well as executive vice president and commercial director of Tesco China. From June 2001 to June 2007, Mr. James served in various roles at GlaxoSmithKline PLC, a pharmaceutical company, including global marketing director for future brands. Prior to that, Mr. James spent his early career in international marketing and account management at PepsiCo.
TERRY E. LONDON
Mr. London serves as the non-executive chairman of the board. He served as interim president and chief executive officer and chairman of the board from January 1, 2017 through April 30, 2017, and executive chairman from May 1, 2017 through July 31, 2017 when he reassumed his role as non-executive chairman of the board. He provides the board with significant finance, accounting, media and public company board knowledge and experience.
Entertainment Executive Experience: Mr. London served as the chairman of the London Broadcasting Company, Inc., a Texas-based company formed to acquire and operate Texas media properties, until July 2015. Earlier in his career, Mr. London served as president and chief executive officer, chief financial officer and chief operating officer of Gaylord Entertainment Company, a hotel, resort, entertainment and media company.
Director Experience: Mr. London currently serves as a director of Johnson Outdoors, Inc. and previously served as a director of Bass Pro Shops, Inc. In his role as director on other boards, Mr. London has served as the chairman of the audit committee and member of the compensation committee.
Other Relevant Experience: Mr. London is a certified public accountant and was voted the Broadcaster of the Year in 2011 by the Texas Association of Broadcasters.
MICHAEL A. PEEL
Mr. Peel brings to the board extensive human resources and broad business expertise and public company board experience.
Consumer Goods Executive Experience: Mr. Peel spent 17 years at General Mills, a global manufacturer and marketer of consumer food products, where he served as senior vice president, worldwide human resources from 1991 to 2007 and as executive vice president of human resources and global business services from 2007 to 2008. From 1977 to 1991, Mr. Peel served in various capacities for PepsiCo, including as senior vice president, human resources for PepsiCo Worldwide Foods from 1987 to 1991, and as senior vice president, human resources for the Pepsi-Cola Bottling Group from 1984 to 1987.
Director Experience: Mr. Peel has served on the board of directors of Sleep Number Corporation (formerly known as Select Comfort Corporation), a U.S.-based manufacturer of the Sleep Number and Comfortaire beds as well as foundations and bedding accessories, since 2003, previously serving as chair of its compensation and management development committee. He currently serves as chair of its corporate governance and nominating committee.
Other Relevant Experience: In January 2018, Mr. Peel joined ghSMART & Company, Inc. as senior advisor and founding member of the firm’s chairman’s counsel. Previously, Mr. Peel was a Yale University officer and served as vice president, human resources and administration until his retirement in July 2017.
ANN M. SARDINI
Ms. Sardini’s 20 plus years serving in senior financial management positions for branded consumer products and media companies brings extensive, multi-faceted experience to the board.
Retail and Other Executive Experience: From 2002 until her retirement in 2012, Ms. Sardini served as the chief financial officer of Weight Watchers International, Inc., where she oversaw global operations and successfully negotiated the acquisition of WeightWatchers.com and other targets. She served as chief financial officer of Vitamin Shoppe.com, Inc. from 1999 to 2001, and as executive vice president and chief financial officer for the Children’s Television Workshop from 1995 to 1999. In addition, Ms. Sardini held finance positions ranging from controller to chief financial officer at QVC, Inc., Chris Craft Industries and the National Broadcasting Company.
Director Experience: Ms. Sardini currently serves on the board of directors of TreeHouse Foods, Inc., a manufacturer of packaged foods and beverages with more than 50 manufacturing facilities across the United States, Canada and Italy, where she chairs the compensation committee, and where she previously served as lead independent director, audit committee chair and as a member of its nominating and governance committee. Since January of 2016, Ms. Sardini has served as a director and audit committee chair of Ideal Protein, a privately held company, where she currently serves as chair of the board since 2017.
Other Relevant Experience: Currently, Ms. Sardini serves in a consulting and advisory capacity to early and mid-stage technology-based consumer companies and private equity firms. Ms. Sardini also currently serves on the advisory boards of To The Market, PetTrax and Everplans. Previously, she served on the advisory board of Learnvest.com and the board of Promise Project Fund for the City of New York.