In September 2018 Alexander Smith transitioned into the position of Non-Executive Chairman from Executive Chairman, a position he held since February 2018.
From February 2007 until December 2016, Mr. Smith served as President, Chief Executive Officer and a member of the board of Pier 1 Imports, Inc. (“Pier 1 Imports”). Prior to joining Pier 1 Imports, from 1995 until 2007, Mr. Smith was employed by TJX Companies, Inc. where he was instrumental in the development of TJ Max in the U.K, and served as Group President, where his responsibilities included Winners in Canada, Home Goods, TJ Maxx and Marshalls, plus a number of corporate functions.
From December, 2013 to July 2016, Mr. Smith served as a director of Tumi, Inc., including as chairman of its nominating and governance committee and a member of its audit committee. From June, 2007 to April, 2011 Mr. Smith also served as a director of Papa John’s International, Inc., including as chairman of its compensation committee and as a member of its audit committee.
The Board selected Mr. Smith as a director due to his experience in retailing and brand management, including his extensive public company experience as a senior executive and director.