Home Depot beefs up merchandising team

Making good on a promise to add more talent to its merchandising team, Home Depot has appointed four senior vps to its executive ranks.

Bruce Merino, a 23-year veteran who led the West Coast division for eight years and also served as president of Expo Design Centers, will oversee field merchandising teams, the merchandising service organization, store environment and new concepts.

Gordon Erickson, named CEO of Smith & Hawken in April 2006, will serve as senior vp-decor. Before Smith & Hawken, Erickson worked for Wal-Mart as a senior vp and general merchandise manager in the lawn and garden department.

Rounding out the senior level merchants at Home Depot are Eric Peterson in building materials and Giles Bowman in hardlines. Both Peterson and Bowman have held related executive posts at Home Depot.

In the retailer's third-quarter earnings call, chief merchandising officer Craig Menear noted that the company was looking forward to strengthening its merchandising team. "During the past quarter, we have invested to add talent within the merchandising team at our senior level," he said. 

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