FORT WORTH, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Pier 1 Imports, Inc. (NYSE:PIR) today announced that it has appointed Lance Wills as Executive Vice President, Chief Information Officer, effective immediately. Mr. Wills joins Pier 1 with almost 23 years of information technology experience, including more than 10 years at companies in the retail sector where he was responsible for managing omni-channel platforms, supporting business transformations, building digital expertise and enhancing the customer journey.
“We are delighted to welcome Lance to the Pier 1 leadership team,” said Cheryl Bachelder, Interim CEO. “As we continue to narrow our strategic focus and employ a more customer-centric mindset across the company, we are committed to building upon our existing technology platform and increasingly capitalizing on data insights to help drive our business and customer initiatives forward. Lance brings the leadership, expertise and track record of execution we need to support multi-channel customer experiences as we strive to restore sales growth and improve profitability.”
Most recently, Mr. Wills served as Executive Vice President, Global Technology Officer for Toys”R”Us, Inc. from 2016 to 2018. Prior to that, he spent three years with American Eagle (NYSE:AEO) as Vice President, Global Head of Digital Technology from 2013 to 2016, and six years with Macy’s, Inc. (NYSE:M) as Vice President, Digital Technology. Earlier in his career, Mr. Wills served in various roles for Thomson Reuters, including Executive Director of Software Engineering and Technology Strategy Consultant. He holds a B.S. in Information Systems from the Central Institute of Technology in New Zealand.
Mr. Wills stated, “I am excited about joining Pier 1, and look forward to leveraging my experience to drive innovation and change, while creating value for our customers as well as a better experience for our associates.”
On February 4, 2019, pursuant to the terms of his employment, Mr. Wills received a one-time award of restricted stock having a value of $200,000. The award consists of 263,157 shares, based on the 30-day trailing average of the closing price of Pier 1 Imports, Inc. common stock as of February 4, 2019. The shares will vest in equal annual installments on the first, second and third anniversaries of the grant date, subject to Mr. Wills’ continued employment with the Company. These shares have been granted in reliance on the employment inducement exception to shareholder approval provided under New York Stock Exchange Listing Rule 303A.08.
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About Pier 1
Founded with a single store in 1962, Pier 1 is a leading omnichannel retailer of unique home décor and accessories. The company’s products are available through more than 980 Pier 1 stores in the U.S. and Canada and online at pier1.com. For more information or to find the nearest store, please visit pier1.com.