John Hartmann will join home furnishings retailer Bed Bath & Beyond. He will serve as chief operating officer of Bed Bath & Beyond and president, buybuy BABY, effective May 18, 2020.
Earlier this week, True Value Co. confirmed Hartmann would leave his role as president and CEO in May.
Hartmann will be responsible for key areas of Bed Bath & Beyond’s transformation, including IT, supply chain and real estate.
He will also be responsible for re-engineering the company’s supply chain and technology infrastructure to enhance fulfillment, drive cost improvements, improve customer experience and support the introduction of omnichannel improvements such as buy-online-pick-up-in-Store (BOPIS) across its fleet of stores.
“John is a world-class leader with a passion for building high-performing teams and deep expertise delivering transformation in the retail sector,” says Mark Tritton, president and CEO of Bed Bath & Beyond. “He will accelerate the execution of our vision to make it easy to feel at home with Bed Bath & Beyond, helping rebuild a modern, durable business and a deeper connection with our loyal customers across our portfolio of brands.”
“I am passionate about retail and thrilled to join the company to help transform this iconic brand,” Hartmann says. “Together with the leadership team, I am confident we will continue to increase the pace of change to rebuild this business and support Bed Bath & Beyond’s omnichannel future.”
In a statement, Bed Bath & Beyond notes Hartmann’s time with True Value.
“Hartmann led True Value through a significant business transformation that modernized and strengthened its wholesale supply chain, accelerated technology investments to align with the changing retail landscape and drove growth and profitability across its 4,500 retail locations,” according to the announcement.