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Big Lots names apparel exec as CEO

BY Marianne Wilson

Tailored Brands’ loss is Big Lots’ gain.

Big Lots Inc. has named Bruce K. Thorn, 51, as president and CEO. He succeeds David Campisi, who retired in April.

Thorn was most recently the president and COO of Tailored Brands, whose brands include Men’s Wearhouse, Jos. A. Bank, and Joseph Abboud. Following a transition period with Tailored Brands, Thorn is expected to formally take the reins of Big Lots at the end of September, at which time he will also be appointed as a director to fill the vacancy created at the time of Campisi’s retirement.

Thorn joined Tailored Brands in 2015 as executive VP and COO. Prior to that, he held various enterprise level roles with PetSmart since 2007, most recently as executive VP, store operations, services and supply chain. He also held leadership positions with Gap, Cintas Corp, LESCO, and The United States Army.

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