FORT WORTH, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Pier 1 Imports, Inc. (NYSE:PIR) today announced the appointment of Nancy A. Walsh, 57, as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, effective January 25, 2018. Ms. Walsh will be responsible for financial operations and accounting, including financial reporting, planning and analysis, treasury, tax and investor relations. Darla D. Ramirez will step down as Interim Chief Financial Officer when Ms. Walsh’s appointment becomes effective, and will continue to serve as the Company’s Principal Accounting Officer and Vice President – Controller of the Company’s operating subsidiaries.
“Nancy comes to Pier 1 Imports with an extensive background in finance and retail,” said Alasdair James, President and CEO. “She has spent the better part of her 30-year career amidst iconic brands, home furnishings and specialty retail. We are confident Nancy has the financial skills and leadership needed to drive the strategic plans we’re presently developing. We are excited to have her join the Pier 1 Imports team.”
Ms. Walsh joins Pier 1 Imports from The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. (OTCQX:BONT), where she served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer since 2015. Previously, Ms. Walsh spent 14 years in the finance organization at Tapestry, Inc. (NYSE:TPR), formerly Coach, Inc. She began her tenure with Coach as Chief Financial Officer of the Worldwide Wholesale Division and held positions of increasing responsibility until being named Senior Vice President, Finance, a role she held for six years. Earlier in her career, Ms. Walsh held positions in Finance and Treasury with Viacom, Inc. (NASDAQ:VIAB) and Timberland Company (NASDAQ:TSBK). She has a B.A. from University of New Hampshire – Durham and an M.B.A. from Northeastern University.
Commenting on the appointment, Ms. Walsh stated, “I am thrilled to be joining Pier 1 Imports at this critical time for the Company. I look forward to working with Alasdair and the team to embark on this pivotal new chapter and execute against a new strategic plan. It is exciting to have the opportunity to drive important change and create shareholder value while redefining a brand with such tremendous history.”
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About Pier 1 Imports
Pier 1 Imports is dedicated to offering customers exclusive, one-of-a-kind products that reflect high quality at a great value. Starting with a single store in 1962, Pier 1 Imports’ product is now available in retail stores throughout the U.S. and Canada and online at pier1.com. For more information about Pier 1 Imports or to find the nearest store, please visit pier1.com.