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Lowe's New Chief Merchandising Officer is Former Husqvarna and GE Appliances Exec
Jan 24, 2013
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Home improvement retailer Lowe's Companies said Michael A. Jones, whose career includes positions with Husqvarna and GE Appliances, will join the company as chief merchandising officer. Stephen J. Szilagyi was promoted to supply chain executive.

Jones will report to Chief Customer Officer Gregory M. Bridgeford. He will be responsible for the merchandising offering for Lowe's stores and Lowes.com as well as all global sourcing activities. He will work with the leaders of customer experience design, marketing, operations, and logistics to develop differentiating customer experiences.

Jones served most recently as executive vice president and president of Husqvarna North and Latin America. Prior to Husqvarna, Jones spent 15 years with General Electric, starting in appliance contract sales and later holding positions as chief commercial officer - Europe for GE Consumer and Industrial and general manager of cooking products.

"Mike has extensive experience with consumer products in categories relevant to the home improvement business, with both Husqvarna and GE including appliances, outdoor power equipment and lighting categories," said Bridgeford. "His experience in leading businesses, identifying and pursuing marketing opportunities, and discipline around value creation throughout the chain, from supplier to consumer, make him an outstanding fit for this position."

Szilagyi will report to Chief Operating Officer Rick D. Damron, and will be responsible for overseeing Lowe's logistics and distribution network. Szilagyi has more than 25 years of supply chain experience, including leadership roles prior to Lowe's in wholesale distribution and retail/consumer products supply chain consulting services. He began his career at Lowe's in 2001 as regional director of distribution and was named vice president of distribution in 2002 and senior vice president in 2006.

Lowe's has more than 1,745 home improvement stores in the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

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