At Home launches CEO search as Lee Bird heads for the exit

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Dallas – At Home is forming an interim Office of the CEO to run the business once chairman and CEO Lewis (Lee) Bird III retires in the coming weeks.

The home furnishings superstore announced that Bird will resign effective Dec. 31 after 11 years at the helm.

The group tasked overseeing At Home while the board of directors searches for Bird’s successor includes Jeff Evans, president and chief merchandising officer; Jerry Murray, CFO; and Ashley Sheetz, chief operating officer. Erik

Ragatz, At Home’s lead director, will serve as executive chairman of the board.

Bird, who joined the company as CEO in December 2012, has overseen At Home’s expansion from 58 stores and $364 million of revenue to 268 stores and nearly $2 billion in revenue today. He also led the rebranding of the company as At Home in 2014 and helped launch the company’s omnichannel offering.

In addition, he steered the company’s 2021 privatization deal, through which At Home Group was acquired by private equity firm Hellman & Friedman for $2.8 billion in cash and debt.

“I want to sincerely thank everyone throughout the company who has contributed to At Home’s many achievements,” said Bird. “Together, we have created a valuable, differentiated business with even more room for growth, and I’m confident in this team’s ability to continue to build on At Home’s track record of success.”

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