Michael BenkelExecutive Vice President, Global Supply Chain
Mr. Benkel was named executive vice president of global supply chain in July 2015, having previously served as executive vice president of planning and allocations since April 2012. He joined the organization in September 2008 as senior vice president of planning and allocations. Prior to joining Pier 1 Imports, he spent 11 years at Williams-Sonoma Inc. in continuously advancing positions in the Pottery Barn Retail Stores division, including vice president of inventory management, director – inventory management, and as a home furnishings and furniture buyer.
Michael CarterExecutive Vice President, Compliance and General Counsel, Secretary of the Company
Mr. Carter has been with the organization since 1990, serving in various leadership capacities, including vice president – legal affairs, and corporate counsel. He first became an officer of Pier 1 Imports in 1991. Mr. Carter is a licensed attorney in the State of Texas. Prior to joining Pier 1 Imports, Mr. Carter practiced law with the Fort Worth, Texas law firm of Brackett and Ellis, LLP.
Laura CoffeyExecutive Vice President of Planning and Allocations
Ms. Coffey has been with the organization since 1997 in various capacities, including executive vice president and interim chief financial officer, senior vice president of planning, senior vice president of business development and strategic planning and senior vice president of finance. Ms. Coffey first became an officer of Pier 1 Imports in 2005 and served as principal accounting officer from 2008 to 2011. Prior to joining Pier 1 Imports, she held various positions with Alcon Laboratories and KPMG, LLP.
Catherine DavidExecutive Vice President, Merchandising
Ms. David joined the organization in August 2009 as executive vice president of merchandising. Prior to joining the organization, Ms. David served as president and chief operating officer of Kirkland’s Inc. and vice president and general manager with Sears Essentials, Sears Grand and The Great Indoors. Ms. David also previously served with Target Corporation for 13 years in various positions including vice president and general manager of target.direct and various positions in the buying, planning and stores divisions.
Gregory HumeneskyExecutive Vice President of Human Resources
Mr. Humenesky joined the organization in 2005. Previously, he served in various human resource positions within the retail industry, including ten years as senior vice president of human resources at Zale Corporation and 21 years in various positions of increasing responsibility at Macy’s.
Eric HunterExecutive Vice President, Marketing
Mr. Hunter joined the organization in September 2013 as executive vice president of marketing. Prior to joining the organization, Mr. Hunter served as senior vice president of marketing and acting chief marketing officer with JCPenney Company from February 2012 to July 2013, and as chief marketing officer and group president with Kellwood Company from March 2009 until February 2012. Mr. Hunter also served in various positions with PMK/HBH/Momentum Worldwide and Creative Artists Agency.
Alasdair JamesPresident and Chief Executive Officer
Mr. James became president and chief executive officer and joined the Board of Directors on May 1, 2017. He brings 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. Prior to joining Pier 1 Imports, Mr. James was president of Sears Holdings’ Kmart division from August 2014 to March 2017. In that role he oversaw Kmart’s operations, merchandising mix, localization strategy, and that company’s 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.
Darla RamirezInterim Chief Financial Officer
Ms. Ramirez was appointed interim chief financial officer in October 2017. She continues to serve as vice president - controller and principal accounting officer of Pier 1 Imports, a role she has held since 2011. Ms. Ramirez joined Pier 1 Imports in 2005 and has held positions of increasing responsibility within the finance organization. Earlier in her career, Ms. Ramirez held financial roles in the media industry, most recently as corporate controller for Lionheart Newspapers LLC.