FORT WORTH, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Pier 1 Imports, Inc. (NYSE:PIR) today announced that Deborah Rieger-Paganis will assume the role of Interim Chief Financial Officer, effective immediately. Her appointment follows Nancy Walsh’s departure from the Company.
Ms. Rieger-Paganis is employed as a managing director at global consulting firm AlixPartners. She has more than 30 years of experience leading and improving retail companies’ finance organizations and business operations, including 17 years at AlixPartners, where she has served as both an advisor and interim Chief Financial Officer to a range of companies, including Aritzia, Toms Shoes, Harris Interactive and Cirque du Soleil. Earlier in her career, she served as senior vice president of financial planning and analysis at MasterCard and as vice president of finance at Ann Taylor. Ms. Rieger-Paganis holds a bachelor’s of science in accounting from the State University of New York at Albany and is licensed as a certified public accountant in New York. She will continue in her capacity at AlixPartners while serving as Interim Chief Financial Officer of Pier 1.
“Deb has a wealth of finance, retail industry and turnaround experience, and we are pleased to have her join the Pier 1 team,” said Cheryl Bachelder, Interim Chief Executive Officer. “Deb has worked closely with the leadership team in a consulting capacity in recent months, and I am confident her expertise will continue to be a valuable asset in leading our finance organization. On behalf of Pier 1, I thank Nancy for her contributions and wish her well in her future endeavors.”
Ms. Bachelder continued, “In recent weeks, we have built a fiscal 2020 plan to reset our cost structure and rebuild momentum in the business. We have put in place a capable senior leadership team to execute this go-forward plan. Together we are excited to revitalize this iconic Pier 1 brand.”
Ms. Rieger-Paganis said, “I look forward to working closely with Cheryl and the rest of the management team as we continue to focus on Pier 1’s priorities for fiscal 2020. Over the past four months, Pier 1 has been building more structure and rigor into the planning processes across key areas of the business and operations. I am committed to instilling financial discipline across the organization as we work to drive a successful turnaround and create value for shareholders over the long term.”
Pier 1 also announced that Darla D. Ramirez, Vice President and Controller of the Company’s operating subsidiaries and the Company’s Principal Accounting Officer, was appointed Interim Principal Financial Officer. Ms. Ramirez has served as the Company’s Principal Accounting Officer since January 2011 and served as the Company’s Interim Chief Financial Officer from October 4, 2017, through January 24, 2018.
Pier 1 separately reported its fourth quarter and full year fiscal 2019 financial results today. The Company will hold a conference call to discuss its fourth quarter and full year fiscal 2019 financial results at 4:00 p.m. Central Time/5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday, April 17, 2019. A live audio webcast will be accessible at the Company’s website at https://investors.pier1.com. The call can also be accessed domestically at (866) 378-2926 and internationally at (409) 350-3152, conference ID 3193662.
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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 970 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.