The Home Depot names new merchandising head

ATLANTA — The Home Depot named William “Billy” Bastek executive vice president of merchandising, effective immediately.

The news was first reported by Retail Dive.

The 33-year Home Depot veteran has held several leadership positions for the company and was most recently senior vice president for hardlines, where he was responsible for merchandising and marketing strategies for the hardware and garden departments, the home improvement retailer said in a release.

Prior to that role, he was merchandising vice president of hardware and tools, where he oversaw the growth and transformation of the power tools and automotive departments in stores and online.

He and his team also drove the successful growth of The Home Depot’s Halloween and holiday categories both online and in-stores, “which have achieved record sell-through over the past several seasons,” The Home Depot said.

Although The Home Depot’s home furnishings offering is limited in stores, it features a vast assortment that spans nearly every category on its website. Last fall, it teamed up with VRBO to redecorate a home in The Berkshires with the help of several design influencers.

“Billy is an experienced merchant, leader and mentor who is known for his innovative approach to merchandising, transforming The Home Depot’s product assortment and bringing incredible value to our customers,” said Ted Decker, chair, president and CEO. “We’re fortunate to have a talented bench of senior leaders like Billy, as well as future leaders across the company, and I look forward to working with him in his new and expanded role.”

Bastek succeeds Jeff Kinnaird, who has decided to leave the company, the company said.

“Jeff has made significant contributions to The Home Depot since starting in the lumber aisle nearly 27 years ago and progressing through every role in our stores,” said Decker. “His leadership of our Canadian division and more recently of our merchandising, marketing and online businesses is greatly appreciated. Jeff has been a champion of our culture and values, and I would like to thank him for his hard work and numerous contributions across his career. I wish him well in his future endeavors.”

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