Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. continues its year of whirlwind change with the Thursday appointment of four executives, including former group chief financial officer at Avon, Gustavo Arnal, who will assume the role of CFO and treasurer on May 4.
Arnal will replace Robyn D’Elia, who is leaving the company after nearly two years at her post. D’Elia has worked at Bed Bath since 2000, when she started as an assistant controller.
Additionally, Rafeh Masood joins Bed Bath as chief digital officer, effective May 11. He most recently held the role at BJ’s Wholesale Club, following earlier positions at Dick’s Sporting Goods, and Sears Holdings.
Gregg Melnick will assume the role of chief stores officer, also effective May 11. He currently serves as the company’s interim chief digital officer, and joined the company in 2008 as chief operations officer, digital. Melnick spent 14 years at Party City, most recently as president of Party City Holdings for four years.
Bed Bath named Arlene Hong chief legal officer and corporate secretary, effective May 18. Hong formerly held the same role at Fullbeauty Brands and a number of senior legal positions at J.Crew and Amazon.
All four will report directly to President and Chief Executive Officer Mark Tritton.
In December, Tritton executed an overhaul of the company’s executive team, ousting his chief merchandising officer, marketing officer, digital officer, general counsel and chief administrative officer. Bed Bath’s chief brand officer also resigned that week.
“We remain committed to rebuilding our business and strengthening our ability to serve our loyal customers, while we respond to the challenges presented by COVID-19,” Tritton said of the strategic appointments. “[W]e are continuing to bring in experienced, passionate leaders of change into our business, with strong expertise in business transformation and omnichannel retail. This is a world-class team that will accelerate and drive our transformation,” he said.