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Pier 1 Imports Inc (PIR.N)

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Terry London

67 2017 Non-Executive Independent Chairman of the Board

Alasdair James

46 2017 President, Chief Executive Officer

Nancy Walsh

56 2018 Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President

Gregory Humenesky

65 2005 Executive Vice President - Human Resources

Michael Benkel

2018 Executive Vice President, Global Supply Chain

Bhargav Shah

41 2017 Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer

Michael Carter

58 2014 Senior Vice President - Compliance, General Counsel, Secretary

Darla Ramirez

55 2018 Principal Accounting Officer and Vice President – Controller

Robert Bass

2018 Director

Claire Babrowski

59 2011 Independent Director

Cheryl Bachelder

61 2012 Independent Director

Hamish Dodds

60 2011 Independent Director

Brendan Hoffman

48 2011 Independent Director

Michael Peel

68 2013 Independent Director

Ann Sardini

68 2013 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

Terry London

Mr. Terry E. London serves as Non-Executive Independent Chairman of the Board of the Company. He was Non-Executive Independent Chairman of the Board, Interim President, Chief Executive Officer of Pier 1 Imports, Inc. He has served as the non-executive Chairman of the Company’s Board of Directors since June of 2012 and has been a director since 2003. Until July of 2015 he served as Chairman of the Board of London Broadcasting Company, Inc. which he founded in 2007 to identify and acquire media and entertainment companies. Mr. London is also a member of the board of Johnson Outdoors, Inc. (NASDAQ: JOUT). He was previously President and CEO of Gaylord Entertainment Company, a diversified media and entertainment company, and a member of the board of directors of Bass Pro Shops, Inc. He began his career with KPMG and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Alasdair James

Mr. Alasdair James became president and chief executive officer and joined the board on May 1, 2017. He brings to the board over 25 years of retail and consumer goods experience in the U.S., U.K. and China, including marketing, sales, brand management, customer data analytics, supply chain consolidation, digital/omni-channel transformation and implementation of consumer-facing initiatives. Prior to joining Pier 1 Imports, Mr. James was employed by Sears Holdings Corporation as president of Kmart from August 2014 to March 2017. In that role he oversaw Kmart’s operations, merchandising mix, localization strategy, and that company’s strategic shift to a consumer-focused, digitally-enabled retailer. Prior to joining Sears Holdings, he served in various roles at Tesco PLC, a multinational grocery and general merchandise retailer, from June 2007 to August 2013, including commercial director of the global business unit, as well as executive vice president and commercial director of Tesco China. From June 2001 to June 2007, Mr. James served in various roles at GlaxoSmithKline PLC, a pharmaceutical company, including global marketing director for future brands. Prior to that, Mr. James spent his early career in international marketing and account management at PepsiCo.

Nancy Walsh

Ms. Nancy A. Walsh is Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President of the company Effective January 25, 2018. Prior to joining the Company, Ms. Walsh served as Executive Vice President—Chief Financial Officer for The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc., a position she held since November 2015. Previously, she served as Senior Vice President, Finance for Tapestry, Inc., formerly known as Coach, Inc., from 2007 to 2013. Prior positions at Coach included serving as Chief Risk Officer from 2003-2007, Vice President, Finance and Treasurer from 2000-2003, and Chief Financial Officer of its Worldwide Wholesale Division from 1999-2000.

Gregory Humenesky

Mr. Gregory S. Humenesky serves as an Executive Vice President - Human Resources of Pier 1 Imports, Inc., since February 2005. Prior to his current position, he served in various human resource positions for other retailers, including ten years as Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Zale Corporation and 21 years in various positions of increasing responsibility at Macy’s.

Michael Benkel

Mr. Michael R. Benkel is Executive Vice President, Global Supply Chain of Pier 1 Imports Inc. He joined the organization in September 2008 as Senior Vice President of Planning and Allocations. Prior to joining the Company, he spent 11 years at Williams-Sonoma Inc. in continuously advancing positions in the Pottery Barn Retail Stores division, including Vice President of Inventory Management, Director – Inventory Management, and as a home furnishings and furniture buyer.

Bhargav Shah

Mr. Bhargav J. Shah serves as Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer of the Company. Bhargav Shah comes to Pier 1 Imports with nearly 20 years of broad-based technology, digital and supply chain experience. His roles and successes in his two most recent positions – CIO and Head of e-Commerce at IntegraCore, a global supply chain management company, and CIO and CTO at online retailer Overstock.com (Nasdaq: OSTK) – are a strong fit with Pier 1 Imports’ growth strategy. During his tenure at IntegraCore, Bhargav led the Company’s e-Commerce initiative and built an online sales model for supply chain automation and logistics. At Overstock.com, Bhargav increased data usage to automate and improve decision-making and drove customer centricity across devices and channels, resulting in improved customer engagement and cross-channel growth. Earlier in his career, Bhargav held information technology positions at KPMG, LLP, Pfizer Inc. and Ernst & Young, LLP. He earned a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering from the University of Mumbai and an MBA, Finance and Technology, from Bentley University in Waltham, MA.

Michael Carter

Mr. Michael A. Carter serves as a Senior Vice President - Compliance, General Counsel, Secretary of Pier 1 Imports, Inc., since January 2014. Prior to that and since December 2005, he served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of the Company. Mr. Carter has served within the organization for 25 years in various leadership capacities, including Vice President — Legal Affairs, and Corporate Counsel. Mr. Carter first became an officer of the Company in 1991. Mr. Carter is a licensed attorney in the State of Texas. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Carter practiced law with the Fort Worth, Texas law firm of Brackett and Ellis, LLP.

Darla Ramirez

Ms. Darla D. Ramirez serves as Principal Accounting Officer and Vice President – Controller of the Company. She was Interim chief financial officer of the company. Ms. Ramirez joined Pier 1 Imports in 2005, where she has held positions of increasing responsibility within the finance organization, including Director of Finance and Director of Accounting Operations. In 2011, Ms. Ramirez was named Vice President, Controller and Principal Accounting Officer of Pier 1 Imports. Earlier in her career, she held financial roles in the media industry, most recently as Corporate Controller for Lionheart Newspapers LLC. Ms. Ramirez earned a BBA in Accounting from the University of Texas at Arlington.

Robert Bass

Mr. Robert Bass is appointed as Director of the company. He currently serves as Chief Supply Chain Officer for Best Buy Co., Inc. (“Best Buy”), a retailer of technology products, services and solutions in the United States, Canada and Mexico, a position he has held since October 2017. In his current role, Mr. Bass is responsible for full supply chain strategy in Best Buy’s day-to-day operations, including overseeing more than 23 distribution centers fulfilling over 1,000 stores. Mr. Bass joined Best Buy in August 2013 as Vice President, Supply Chain, and was promoted to Senior Vice President, Supply Chain in December 2015 prior to serving in his current position. From July 2002 to August 2013, Mr. Bass held operational and supply chain positions at Target Corporation, a general merchandising retailer operating in the United States, serving most recently as Senior Director, Supply Chain.

Claire Babrowski

Ms. Claire H. Babrowski serves as an Independent Director of Pier 1 Imports Inc. During fiscal 2015, Ms. Babrowski served as chair of the nominating and corporate governance committee and as a member of the audit committee. Ms. Babrowski brings to the board experience in key leadership roles in leading global and domestic multi-unit companies. She possesses significant experience in operations, finance, international and general management as well as global exposure. Ms. Babrowski most recently served as executive vice president and chief operating officer of Toys “R” Us, Inc. from 2007 to 2010. She started her career spending 30 years at McDonald’s Corporation, where her last position was senior executive vice president and chief restaurant operations officer. From 2005 to 2006, Ms. Babrowski worked for RadioShack Corporation serving as executive vice president and chief operating officer, and then president, chief operating officer and acting chief executive officer. Ms. Babrowski previously served as a director and chairman of Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. She also previously served on the board of managers of QCE Finance LLC, which is the ultimate parent company of Quiznos, from February 2012 through May 2014, including serving as the chair of their operations and development committee and serving on the marketing committee. Ms. Babrowski currently serves as a director, audit committee member, and nominating and corporate governance committee member of Delhaize Group, a Belgian company whose American Depository Receipts are traded on the NYSE and whose ordinary shares are traded on the NYSE Euronext in Brussels.

Cheryl Bachelder

Ms. Cheryl A. Bachelder serves as an Independent Director of Pier 1 Imports, Inc. During fiscal 2015, Ms. Bachelder served as chair of the compensation committee. Ms. Bachelder is a restaurant industry executive who brings to the board over 30 years of brand building, operations and public-company management experience. Ms. Bachelder has served as chief executive officer of Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, Inc. since November 1, 2007 and served as president from November 2007 through February 2012. Ms. Bachelder has served on the board of Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, Inc. since November 2006 and served on the board of True Value Corporation from July 2006 through February 2013. From January 2001 to September 2003, she was the president and chief concept officer for KFC Corporation in Louisville, Kentucky. While at KFC, she was responsible for leading its U.S. restaurant business. From June 1995 to December 2000, Ms. Bachelder served as vice president, marketing and product development for Domino’s Pizza, Inc.

Hamish Dodds

Mr. Hamish A. Dodds serves as an Independent Director of Pier 1 Imports Inc. During fiscal 2015, Mr. Dodds served as a member of the audit committee. Mr. Dodds brings to the board over 30 years of executive experience in the shipping, retail, consumer goods and hospitality industries and has lived and worked in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, South America and the United States, gaining extensive international experience in finance, franchising, joint ventures and brand management. As president and chief executive officer for Hard Rock International since 2004, Mr. Dodds oversees the strategic development and operations of restaurants, hotels, casinos and live music venues across 63 countries. Previously, Mr. Dodds has served as a board member and compensation committee member and chief executive officer for CabCorp, as division president for PepsiCo Beverages covering South America, Central America and the Caribbean, and in a variety of general management and financial positions for PepsiCo, The Burton Group (now Arcadia Group) in the United Kingdom, and Overseas Containers, Ltd. Mr. Dodds is a fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Management Accountants.

Brendan Hoffman

Mr. Brendan L. Hoffman serves as an Independent Director of Pier 1 Imports Inc. During fiscal 2015, Mr. Hoffman served as a member of the audit committee and compensation committee He brings to the board a broad retail background including experience in direct marketing, fulfillment and e-commerce operations. From February 2012 to September 2014, Mr. Hoffman served as president and chief executive officer of the Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. From October 2008 to February 2012, Mr. Hoffman served as president and chief executive officer of Lord & Taylor, a division of Hudson’s Bay Trading Company. Prior to that, Mr. Hoffman served six years as president and chief executive officer of Neiman Marcus Direct, where he oversaw the growth of neimanmarcus.com and the launch and growth of bergdorfgoodman.com. Mr. Hoffman held previous positions as vice president of Last Call Clearance Division at Neiman Marcus Stores, divisional merchandise manager of Bergdorf Goodman, Inc., a subsidiary of the Neiman Marcus Group, and divisional merchandise manager of Lord & Taylor, where he began his retail career in the executive training program. Mr. Hoffman serves on the advisory board of the Jay H. Baker Retailing Initiative at The Wharton School.

Michael Peel

Mr. Michael A. Peel serves as Independent Director of Pier 1 Imports, Inc., since October 17, 2013. During fiscal 2015, Mr. Peel served as a member of the compensation committee and nominating and corporate governance committee. He was elected a Yale University Officer in October 2008 and currently serves as vice president, human resources and administration. He brings to the board extensive human resources and broad business expertise and public company board experience. Previously he spent 17 years at General Mills, a global manufacturer and marketer of consumer food products, where he was last executive vice president of human resources and global business services. Mr. Peel originally joined General Mills as senior vice president, worldwide human resources in 1991. From 1977 to 1991, Mr. Peel served in various capacities for PepsiCo, Inc., including as senior vice president, human resources for PepsiCo Worldwide Foods from 1987 to 1991, and as senior vice president, human resources for the Pepsi-Cola Bottling Group from 1984 to 1987. Mr. Peel has served on the board of directors of Select Comfort Corporation since 2003 and is currently chair of its compensation and management development committee.

Ann Sardini

Ms. Ann M. Sardini serves as an Independent Director of Pier 1 Imports, Inc. During fiscal 2015, Ms. Sardini served as a member and chair of the audit committee. Her 20 plus years serving in senior financial management positions for branded consumer products and media companies brings an extensive multi-faceted experience to the board. Currently, she serves in a consulting and advisory capacity to early and mid-stage companies. From 2002 until her retirement in 2012, Ms. Sardini served as the chief financial officer of Weight Watchers International, Inc. She served as chief financial officer of Vitamin Shoppe.com, Inc. from 1999 to 2001, and as executive vice president and chief financial officer for the Children’s Television Workshop from 1995 to 1999. In addition, Ms. Sardini held finance positions ranging from controller to chief financial officer at QVC, Inc., Chris Craft Industries, and the National Broadcasting Company. Ms. Sardini currently serves on the board of directors of TreeHouseFoods, Inc. where she is lead independent director and serves on its compensation committee, and where she previously served as audit committee chair, and as a member of its nominating and governance committee. Ms. Sardini also currently serves on the advisory boards of LearnVest.com, and on the board of directors of Promise Project Fund for the City of New York.