Tuesday Morning Corporation has appointed former Home Depot executive Melissa Phillips as EVP and general merchandise manager. Phillips will report directly to CEO Michael Rouleau.
Phillips has 15 years of buying and retail experience. Since 2009, she has served as GM for The Home Decorators Collection at The Home Depot. In this capacity, Phillips had responsibility for overall operations of the HDC business, including merchandising, marketing, finance, planning, stores and website. Phillips also led integration of the HDC business after its acquisition by Home Depot, including developing a business model for a new HDC retail format and opening the first new concept store.
"Much of Tuesday Morning's turnaround is based on having a constantly changing assortment of great quality home and home-related merchandise at an outstanding value,” said Rouleau. “Melissa's outstanding vendor relationships, strong buying experience and proven leadership capabilities are ideally suited to executing our merchandising strategies, and we are delighted to welcome her to the senior leadership team."
Prior to her experience at HDC, Phillips served as SVP for Smith & Hawken where she managed the merchandising and planning teams responsible for the store and website merchandising strategy. In addition to these areas, she was also responsible for the management of the licensed brand that included the design, product mix and brand standards for the Smith & Hawken brand in 1500 Target stores.
"I have watched with much interest as Tuesday Morning, under Michael's leadership, has set the foundation for a reinvigorated brand while instilling new operating disciplines. I look forward to building on this effort through a top quality merchandising program that inspires and engages guests to re-discover the Tuesday Morning shopping experience," said Phillips.
Phillips began her career at Walmart in 1998, and during a nearly 10-year tenure assumed positions of increasing responsibility. This included divisional merchandise manager for outdoor living, where she was responsible for a team of buyers managing a multi-billion dollar lawn and garden business. Earlier at Walmart, she also served as a senior buyer in home textiles.
Tuesday Morning Corporation currently operates 819 stores in 41 states.