Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. appoints Harriet Edelman as independent Chair of the Board, effective immediately. Patrick Gaston has stepped down as Chairman of the Board and, after 13 years as a director of the Company, has notified the Board that he does not plan to stand for re-election at the Company’s 2020 Annual Meeting of Shareholders.
Harriet Edelman said, “Building on our history as the preëminent home retailer, we are bringing great energy and focus to reinventing Bed Bath and Beyond – to strongly connect with, inspire and serve today’s customers and how they want to shop. I am honored and thrilled to Chair this iconic company, serve our shareholders, partner with the Board, Mark and the new leadership team, and help ignite growth and profitability. On behalf of my fellow Board members, I wish to express our appreciation and gratitude for Patrick’s many years as a member of the board, his leadership as Chairman, and his role helping our Company navigate this time of change. I also want to recognize and thank our management team and associates for their extraordinary efforts to protect and serve our customers, communities, and business in this COVID-19 environment.”
Mark Tritton, President & CEO, said, “I am extremely grateful to Patrick for his stewardship and guidance since I joined the Company, including his support through the COVID-19 situation. He has helped oversee substantial change in the governance, leadership and strategic direction of the business and leaves a strong legacy from which we can build. I want to congratulate Harriet on her appointment as Chair of the Board. She has an unparalleled passion for our business and I look forward to working constructively with her and the Board as we continue to execute our vision together.”
Patrick Gaston said, “It has been a privilege to serve this wonderful business for so many years. I am proud of our achievements together and confident that we have assembled the right team, with a clear strategy to rebuild the foundations of the business. This is an extraordinary time for our communities and I look forward to continuing my lifelong work helping businesses have a meaningful, positive impact in society. I believe in the strength of our brand and the future of Bed Bath & Beyond under the stewardship of Mark and the leadership team. I would also like to congratulate Harriet on her well-deserved appointment as Chair and to thank my fellow Board members and the thousands of Bed Bath & Beyond associates for their support and inspiration over many years.”
In connection with Ms. Edelman’s appointment as Chair of the Board, she has stepped down as Chair of the Audit Committee. The Board has appointed Joshua Schechter as Chair of the Audit Committee, effective immediately.